I would like to introduce you to Norma Budden, the author of the exciting new book called, “If Only.” I recently had the pleasure of reading her new book and reviewing it.
Title: “If Only”
Author: Norma Budden
Published: February 14th 2015 by Smashwords Edition
Pages: 204 pages
Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance
*A copy of this book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review, which follows.
Demi and David first meet in high school, where they fell in love at a young age. In no time, Demi is pregnant and decides to hide the truth from David about their child, because she does not want to influence his decision to go to college to become a private investigator. Instead, Demi takes it upon herself to have the child and give her up for adoption. This decision comes at a price to Demi’s psyche. Years later, she begins to have visions of her daughter, and feels an unexplainable need to find her child now, at any cost.
Compromising matters further, Demi is married to another man and has two children with him. Searching for her daughter has brought no leads from the current investigators, so Demi turns to the only man she knows will help her find their daughter – David, her lost love from long ago, who is now a successful private investigator.
Demi finally tells David about their daughter. David is also married to someone else with two children of his own. Breaking the news to their spouses creates a story of intrigue and suspense with more twists and turns along the way.
Sharing in the story, is the child herself, Renee who feels she cannot connect with her parents, and never has. Always the outsider, Renee wonders as an only child, if she was adopted. Before long, Renee starts having dreams and experiences an uncontrollable urge to meet a strange man – her father, David.
As events unravel, Demi and David tumble through a maze of second chances, reconciliations, and realize many losses along the way. Eventually they find the love of a real family.
Image credit: Norma Budden
I felt great empathy for Demi and David, as they longed for the child they never knew. It was important that each character felt the pull of Renee, the missing link to their family unit, and the author was able to convey that message to the reader. I was drawn to the paranormal aspect of the dreams that Demi, David and Renee shared. I felt like there was an unforeseen force willing them all to find each other to complete their family.
“If Only,” tugs at your heart, and I found myself rooting for them all to find each other and become the family they were meant to be. Even though some of the events were predictable, and much time was spent inside the heads of the characters; I found myself caught up in the over powering human desire of ‘belonging’ that the author conveyed in her telling of the story.
This was an uplifting story of change and growth between two adults who felt the need to atone for decisions made as young adults. Our past always follows us, and Norma Budden leads her readers on a journey of love and acceptance one will not soon forget.
Realistic Characterization: 4/5
Made Me Think: 3/5
Overall enjoyment: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4.0
Buy it at: Amazon
Format & Pricing:
Paperback: $9.99 US
Kindle: $2.99 US
This excerpt is from Norma’s Amazon author page where you can learn more about her and other books she has written:
“Norma Budden currently makes her home in Arctic Canada where she has lived for more than two decades. Administration Manager by day and writer/mother/grandmother by night, Norma knows what it’s like to be busy and appreciates moments of solitude, perhaps, more than the average person.
Though Norma’s first serious attempts at writing involved poetry and song, she later went on to write non-fiction titles. However, over recent years, her truest passion seems to be in writing stories to appeal to readers’ emotions, with a touch of mystery and romance built into the stories.
Some of Norma’s greatest passions in life are reading, writing, traveling and taking photos. She enjoys spending time with friends and spending time in the great outdoors.
You can learn more about what is happening in her world by visiting http://www.normasbooks.com.
Thanks for visiting me today. I was happy to share Norma’s wonderful book with all of you,