Cultures Clash, But Love Overcomes All Obstacles in ‘Finding Emma’

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Inspired by actual people, events, Edmund J. Metz weaves emotionally captivating historical Western fiction romance

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“One thing that has always bothered about the history of the west has been the question of why the white and native cultures never understood each other,” said author Edmund J. Metz.

Metz wrote “Finding Emma” (published by Xlibris) as a way of exploring this lack of understanding. In it, he weaves a tale of how true love can overcome tremendous obstacles through the story of two young people travelling west to start a new life in Santa Fe. The travails along their journey show how the clash of cultures, the white and Native Plains Indian culture, impacted their lives and changed them.

An excerpt from the book reads:
“I now realize what I need to do. This is my burden now—to go find Emma and the others who the Indians have taken.” Bob was not a hero, nor was he an experienced western man who knew anything about Indians. Yet, he knew this was a major turning point in his life. There are times in our lives, when we need to reach deep within ourselves and go off on new paths we know nothing about, and which carry risk.

According to one of Metz’ friends who reviewed the book: “I could not put this book down—it was so interesting. It’s more than just a really good story.”

Based on actual people who lived during this time, “Finding Emma” creatively interweaves its rich fictional narrative with actual historical events. It shows how emotionally difficult life really was for some of the early western emigrants and those who went West to start new lives and settle the land, and how love helps to endure and eventually succeed.

“Finding Emma”
By Edmund J. Metz
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 366 pages | ISBN 9781503551855
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 366 pages | ISBN 9781503551862
E-Book | 366 pages | ISBN 9781503551879
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Edmund Metz is a retired corporate executive who has also taught at such universities as DePaul, Loyola and National Louis and has been an avid student for over forty years of Western American history and Native cultures from the period of Lewis and Clark until the close of the Indian wars at Wounded Knee. He is also a Western artist who has traveled extensively across the American West and on many of its famous historic trails and has spent time in all the places that serve as the backdrop to this story. He is in the process of publishing his next books “To Live and Survive,” the true story of a Navy Seaman who was captured by the Japanese and survived three years in a POW camp in Burma; and “The Successful Relationship Roadmap,” a book which deals with the key reason all relationships fail, and how to avoid such failure.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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