The First Emma by Camille Di Maio @suzyapbooktours @CamilleDiMaio #historicalfiction #review

About The Book:

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.


Emma is a widow with a large fortune. She hires a young lady, Mabel, to help write her memoirs. Emma became the CEO of a brewing empire when her husband, Otto, was murdered. So, she is full of tales of intrigue and power.

Emma was paralyzed in a car accident. Her husband hired another Emma to be her caretaker. The other Emma killed him and left the First Emma to take over his empire…clear as mud. Well, it does not stay that way. This is a story well crafted and I was hooked from the beginning.

I am so impressed with Emma. What strength and resilience she had to get through the many trials of her life and to achieve great success, in a man’s world, I might add. I am notorious for not reading the blurb of the book. So, I was amazed at the end of this tale that she was based on a true person. The author did a wonderful job weaving this unique novel from a strong, unknown character in history.

Well written and intriguing from front to back! Don’t miss this one!

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

Social Media:


Twitter: @CamilleDiMaio


Purchase here


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