Molly Harper by Emelle Gamble

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Molly Harper by Emelle Gamble
Publisher: Posh Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (293 pages)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Rose

Movie star Molly Harper has it all, beauty, success in her field, and a loving family and marriage to actor Ben Delmonico.Norma Wintz, Molly’s mother, has it all, a lovely life style and two children who adore her, and a respite from the battle against cancer she’s been fighting. Anne Sullivan, at age fifty, is optimistic that her move to sunny Santa Barbara, California, will allow her to be closer to her youngest son and his family, and help her start her life anew after the death of her beloved husband.

But all three of these women, despite their considerable blessings, are plunged into turmoil when the most intimate of secrets that ties their lives together is revealed. At this same time, Molly Harper is confronted with the news that her marriage to actor Ben Delmonico is over. As she navigates this heartbreak and tries to keep the personal details of the drama off the front pages of the newspapers, Molly must also find a way to once and forever negotiate a way forward with her ex- lover and best friend, the volatile and compelling Cruz Morales.

How each of these characters handles the resulting upheaval in their own life, and in their relationships with one another, forms the compelling story of family, secrets and trust in the romantic women’s fiction novel, Molly Harper.

This is the first book I’ve read by this author, but it won’t be my last! Ms. Gamble does a wonderful job of drawing these characters and making them just leap off the page.

The story starts with Anne waiting in a restaurant to meet with the woman who adopted the child Anne gave up at birth–Anne has discovered some information that she feels the adoptive family needs to know. And, that would have been the end of that except for the fact that Norma passes out and Anne’s training as a nurse brings her into the very home of her biological daughter.

Molly is going through crises of her own–her marriage is breaking up, her best friend seems to be on a self-destruct path, and her mom is very ill.

Ms. Gamble puts us slap-dab in the middle of this and magic happens. I found myself caring for the characters and wanting the best for them. At times I found myself smiling over a bit of very well-done “product placement”—the books/movies talked about are Ms. Gamble’s own. Clever bits, those!!

The one character I had trouble liking 100% was Cruz Morales. And, I’m not sure how much of it was the way the character was drawn or because I kept picturing Cruz Castillo from the old soap opera Santa Barbara and having issues reconciling this character’s behavior with that character. I had trouble seeing what Molly saw in him. Perhaps if I had read the novella that was a prequel to this, I would have understood that better. By the end of the book, however, he had grown on me and I was rooting for him and Molly.

I will definitely be searching out the rest of Ms. Gamble’s works.


  1. Rita Wray says:

    Great review, I like the premise of the book.

  2. Good to know that the love interest grow on ya. I’m a big fan of the kind of characters who start off a bit on the outs and make their way into your heart.

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  3. Very interesting review It sounds like a good story.

  4. Thanks for the great review Rose! LOL about that old soap, Santa Barbara. I hadn’t realized there was a Cruz on that show…but mine is much more complicated and hot. HA! This story is very close to my heart due to the adoption issues, and the chance to have a movie star as my heroine was fun. I’m very pleased you liked it, and I appreciate the many generous things you said. Long and Short Reviews is one of my favorite sites, so this made my day!

  5. Elise-Maria Barton says:

    Great review as usual, I’m keen to see some of that drama in future excerpts lol
    Thanks for sharing


  6. Interesting story beginning

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  7. I’m also laughing as I, too, remember Cruz Castillo from Santa Barbara. Too funny!

  8. Mary Preston says:

    This is such a fantastic story line.


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