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‘If Only’ by Norma Budden


Renee Jacobs enjoyed spending time on either Canadian coast but there was something about British Columbia, particularly Vancouver Island, which drew her attention most of all.

It could’ve been the Rocky Mountains or the opportunity to watch orcas from the shore or even the Inner Harbor at Victoria. Whatever the case, when given the choice to pick where her family would vacation during spring, she often picked the Pacific coast of Canada.


Nothing too sinister or out of the ordinary in those first few lines. Many of us are creatures of habit and have our own favourite haunts where we will always retreat to, given half a chance. I am nosey to discover just what it is about the Pacific coast of Canada which draws Renee back again and again

Chapter One

Demi Glenn sat behind the white marble desk, drumming her fingers on its surface waiting for the phone to ring.

Seconds passed into interminable minutes. Finally, nerves forced her to stand; she began to pace the spacious office with floor to ceiling windows she had moved into five years earlier.

Seeking something more, she had quit her job with Wainwright and Associates and branched out on her own. The clients she previously worked with had followed her; it wasn’t long before Demi was making a tidy income, yet able to reduce her rates when the need arose.

The hours were long but that was to be expected as an accountant, especially with the growing number of  clients she was receiving.

Even so, despite the ever-growing number of files sitting on her desk, Demi’s face was ashen, even as she dared to hope that the phone call would bring favorable news – that she would be one step closer to finding the daughter she had given up so long ago.


Now things are getting interesting and intriguing. Are Renee and Demi related in some way and is Pacific Canada a relevant place in both their histories?

Have you got to keep reading to discover the secrets about to be uncovered? I know I do!

If you really don’t mind the hint of a spoiler, you can find out more about both book and author, here


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As this was an author review request, in conjunction with a current blog tour she has organized, a download for Kindle reading was received, courtesy of the author, Norma Budden.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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