About the Book
Publication Date: May 5, 2020
Camille Di Maio’s fifth novel THE FIRST EMMA is the true story of Emma Koehler, whose tycoon husband Otto was killed in a crime-of-the-century murder by one of his two mistresses—both also named Emma—and her unlikely rise as CEO of a brewing empire during Prohibition. When a chance to tell her story to a young teetotaler arises, a tale unfolds of love, war, beer, and the power of women.
I have to admit that as soon as I saw this book I got extremely excited. I mean, the colors on that cover! It’s just so gorgeous and soothing at the same time. Plus it’s based off of a wild true story which makes it even more interesting. And to top it off it highlights the power of women. So, I mean this book was just destined for me to read.
I’ve read a couple of books this year set in the prohibition era, and I’m really mad at myself for sleeping on this time period up until now. It’s just such a wildly interesting time period and in ways reminds me of the Wild West (since I used the word wild), which is one of my favorite time periods to read about. But back to the book, this story is one of those stories that will leave you wanting to find out more. I kept finding myself taking breaks to Google more about what actually happened and trying to just dive deeper and deeper into the story. And I don’t know about you, but for me that tells me it’s an amazing book!
This was my first book by Di Maio and it most definitely won’t be my last! I can’t believe I haven’t read anything by her yet and I’m mildly upset at myself for this! Her writing is just so beautiful and immediately pulls you into the story. Plus I love the focus on strong women is history that I would have never have known about otherwise.
About the Author
Camille recently left an award-winning real estate career in San Antonio to become a full-time writer. Along with her husband of twenty-one years, she enjoys raising their four children. She has a bucket list that is never-ending, and uses her adventures to inspire her writing. She’s lived in Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California, and spends enough time in Hawai’i to feel like a local. She’s traveled to four continents (so far), and met Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II. She just about fainted when she had a chance to meet her musical idol, Paul McCartney, too. Camille studied political science in college, but found working on actual campaigns much more fun. She overdoses on goodies at farmers markets (justifying them by her support for local bakeries) and belts out Broadway tunes whenever the moment strikes. There’s almost nothing she wouldn’t try, so long as it doesn’t involve heights, roller skates, or anything illegal.
Her books include:
THE MEMORY OF US – Amazon bestseller, finalist for the Holt Medallion Award for Literary Excellence.
BEFORE THE RAIN FALLS – Holt Medallion finalist, GDRWA finalist
THE WAY OF BEAUTY – Amazon bestseller in the UK and Australia
THE BEAUTIFUL STRANGERS- Pulpwood Queens Book Club Pick, Once Upon a Book Club Pick
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*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*