Poignant and brutally honest, Emily tells a story of starving for food, starving for love, and starving for family. Raised as the child of missionaries, Emily has an exotic upbringing from living in foreign countries. Searching for her own meaning, Emily also travels once out of her parents' house. We learn of a home-schooled girl's college experiences and her boyfriends. We also discover how she came to love her husband. The pain of not being able to conceive and dealing with a mother who has cancer does not make this book an easy read. However, there is a happy ending. Since this book is written by a Christian, there are religious undertones. However, they are not in every chapter and are not too in-your-face. Before each chapter, there is a motivational quote, which is nice. At the end of the book, there are discussion questions for a book group.