REVIEW: Viveka Portman’s ‘Emma’



Secret Confessions: Sydney Housewives – Emma
Viveka Portman

Travel, money, a gorgeous pro-surfer husband, healthy son, and a new house overlooking the ocean – it looks like Emma Ross has it all, but inside she’s torn apart by insecurities and her failure to have another child.

She knows that she’s putting her relationship in jeopardy, so to make up for their difficulties, Emma gives Rosco carte blanche in the bedroom. But is explosive sex enough to save a marriage that is falling apart from the inside?

Escape Publishing



What AusRomToday thought:

Oh boy… we’ve all known an ‘Emma’. Hell, there’s every chance that at one point we’ve been an ‘Emma’…

The back-story for Emma is an interesting one: we meet Emma and her husband Rosco whilst knee-deep in dealing with a plethora of marital issues most of which are perpetuated by Emma’s neurotic approach to life and love. Rosco’s career is on the rise while Emma’s housewife/motherhood life seems to have stalled altogether, add to that fertility issues and an underlying element of self-doubt and you’re in for a doozy of a story. Her insecurities are well defined and in a way relateable. Her approach to dealing with them however is perhaps less relateable.

Though Emma’s story was one that didn’t quite resonate and was one I felt a little difficulty in connecting with, I must give an immense amount of credit to Portman for providing readers with well-tuned story-telling and extremely well-developed characters. Creating such a polorising character is no small feat and Portman certainly delivered.

– J’aimee Brooker, AusRomToday





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