When author Norma Budden contacted me, asking me to take a look If Only, her latest novel, in conjunction with a blog tour she was organizing following the release of the book on February 14th, I was pleased, yet also couldn’t have been more surprised, as I had literally only just come away from my email after organizing dates for a series of posts to promote a new release by a UK author, which deals with the same difficult and emotional issue of adoption. That however, is where the similarity ends, as the premise for If Only is so totally different and unique and I am looking forward equally to reading both stories.
Norma has written a moving and thought provoking guest post about one particular aspect from the storyline of If Only, which draws a parallel with her own feelings about parenthood and more particularly fatherhood in relation to If Only. The article will be aired here at Fiction Books, on Saturday 28th February. I do hope that you will make a date in your diary to stop by and spend a few moments with Norma, I’m sure she will appreciate it and is looking forward to your company 🙂
While still in high school, Demi gave birth to a baby girl and, feeling she had no other options, put her up for adoption. Having moved on with her life – gotten married and having had two other children – 16 years later, Demi Glenn suddenly cannot get her firstborn daughter out of her mind.
After hiring two private detectives but getting no solid information to go on, Demi turns to the one man who will not come back empty-handed, who will not give up until he finds the answers – David Alexander, a married father of two daughters – the father of the baby she had given up so long ago who had no idea he had sired a child as a teen.
Together, will they be able to find their daughter without their families being torn apart or will fate intervene, upsetting their lives in a way they’d never dreamed in the pursuit of finding the daughter they can no longer live without?
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 in.
Norma is the proud author of the Freedom in Love Series which, currently, has three titles published: An Affair to Remember, When Love Abides and Soul Confessions. Divided Loyalties and The Promise, the fourth and fifth titles of the series, will be released in 2015.
Norma has also written other novels and short stories and is in the process of promoting this, her newest release, If Only – a full-length stand-alone novel which readers claim can easily be turned into another series. However, at this time, Norma’s intention is to write other stand-alone titles to draw in readers who rarely read books published as part of a series.
Back to If Only. This story is different because, although Norma has written inspirational fiction titles in the past, this is her first venture into the paranormal. If Only introduces us to Demi and David, both married to other people, with two small children. However, Demi and David had a past – a past which involved the birth of a baby girl, whom David didn’t know existed.
As the story progresses, David learns about his oldest daughter and the connection the two share is so powerful that it has been said the story wouldn’t be the same without it. The story is affecting readers in ways the author never dreamed she would learn.
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