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BOOK REVIEW: The Secret Lives of Emma by Natasha Walker

Saturday, October 22, 2016


Thirty-something Emma Benson is a free spirit. For her a good life means a life of sensuality. So it's a surprise to everyone when she marries David, a successful businessman, and settles down in the suburbs. One year on, and she's trying so hard to be loyal to her man. Not easy to do when you're passionate and uninhibited. 

But then, while sunbathing in her garden, her neighbour's eighteen-year-old son appears. And Emma has found her new project. She will be his perfect teacher. 


Natasha Walker is the pseudonym of John Purcell, and The Secret Life of Emma is a hugely successful series of erotic novels about free-spirited Emma and her sensual adventures. The series encompasses three books – Beginnings, Distractions and Unmasked – and I read the third. Emma has fled her life as a suburban banker’s wife in Mosman and headed to Italy to try and discover what it is she really wants. She meets a young Italian artist and begins a steamy affair, while her husband David follows her, regretful about his own affair with her best friend. Amatory adventures abound, until David learns to accept Emma for who she is and they discover a new world of sensual exploration together. The Secret Life of Emma is definitely for Adults Only, but it has a lot to say about sexual freedom and honesty, and the importance of being true to oneself. For anyone who has ever dreamed of running away to Italy and having a scorching-hot illicit affair. 

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