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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

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?


Image Of Author Norma Budden

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.

Catch up with all Norma’s news at her Website

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Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … ‘Mailbox Monday’

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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  • If Only sounds like such an emotional story! Thanks for introducing this one- I’ll have to check back and read the author’s guest post. Have a great week, Yvonne!

    • Hi Lucy,

      After making selections from a couple of random spots in the book, ready to feature in other meme posts over the next couple of weeks, I can safely say that ‘If Only’ is going to be quite emotional and is going to turn a lot of lives upside down into the bargain!

      It would be good if you managed to check out Norma’s great guest post, so I might see you then! Meanwhile have a good week and Happy Reading 🙂

  • I can see where adoption would be a great topic for a book. Even if you know you’ve done the right thing by putting a child up for adoption, it has to be a decision that haunts you for the rest of your life. I hope you enjoy the book!

    • Hi Kathy,

      To be honest, I think that adoption affects so many people – The biological parent(s) who will always have a physical bond with that child no matter how old it is – The adoptive parents who must always face with trepidation the time when the adopted child becomes old enough to question their beginnings and genealogy – And not least the child itself who may have been brought up in a secure and loving environment with its adopted family yet will surely always have that feeling of having a small piece of them missing and needing answers.

      A life changing and monumental decision for all concerned, don’t you think? It will be interesting and intriguing to discover what approach author Norma Budden takes with this emotional minefield. I am looking forward to reading ‘If Only’.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always value your comments and opinions.

  • This sounds like a very interesting (and emotional!) book. Adoption is one of those topics I really know very little about. I’ll certainly come back and read your posts dealing with both books on the topic.

    I added one book to my Kindle this week based on my brother’s recommendation.
    Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

    • Hi Kelly,

      Like yourself, I don’t really know all the ins and outs of the adoption process, although to me it does seem a little flawed! I know two couples who have been through the adoption process successfully, and it was a living nightmare for them both.

      As biological parents, you can bring into the world as many children as you want and unless you do something pretty awful, you are never vetted to make certain that you are suitable for the role of parent, no-one takes into account what you earn, or where you live. Now try to be an adoptive parent and see the intense scrutiny to which every aspect of your life is subjected. The process takes well over a year from start to finish and even after that time, it is a further six months or so until the process is ratified by the courts and the child is legally yours.

      I can imagine that ‘Station Eleven’ will be right up your street, although I’m not sure it is one for me. I do however feel a little at odds with my decision when I checked this one out at Goodreads, where it has received in excess of 5,ooo reviews, which is impressive by anyones standards 🙂 From reading the description of the story, I somehow assumed that it would be much more of a chunkster than the 333 pages there are in the hardcover copy, so I hope that you enjoy it as much as your brother did.

      Thanks for stopping by, it is a pleasure to have you visit, as always.

  • If Only looks like the kind of book that I enjoy…uplifting, but emotional along the way. That is, if the story ends with finding the lost daughter.

    It should be a page-turning read. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

    • Hi Lorraine,

      Given the books you seem to feature on your own blog, I had a feeling you might find ‘If Only’ an interesting story. As I have the book as a Kindle download, it is quite easy to resist the temptation to jump to the end to find out what happens, but it will be such a shame of there really isn’t a happy ending!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments and have a great week 🙂

    • Thanks Serena, you too!

      With some of the great books, such as ‘If Only’, on my TBR shelf, ‘let the good times roll’!

      Thank you also for teaming up with Leslie to keep MM up and running, whilst Vicki is indisposed, it is much appreciated.

    • Hi Naida,

      I thought I had two books up for promotion, which had adoption very much as the central theme. However when I got a little further into the book I am currently reading, I discovered that it too, has set up adoption as one of the contributory factors for a gunman who massacres several people, although I don’t know all the details yet.

      ‘If Only’ does seem to be the one which takes the most reflective, emotional approach in its adoption storyline, whilst the other two are definitely in the category of psychological thriller and take a much darker, more sinister approach to the whole adoption issue.

      It will be interesting to compare all three, back to back.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always appreciate your visits.

  • I would imagine the questions about the fate of one’s child that has been put up for adoption must haunt the mother (and father) always. I’ll watch for your thoughts on the book, Yvonne. Have a good week.

    • Hi Mary,

      Losing a child to death is bad enough, there are always doubts and self-recriminations, no matter what the circumstances. However, knowing that your child is alive and out there somewhere, living with complete strangers, who they regard as their new parents, must be a living torture for many biological parents. That overwhelming urge to make contact must be so all consuming and desperate.

      ‘If Only’ is sure to be an emotional rollercoaster of a read and thanks for your interest 🙂

    • Thanks Mary Ann,

      I have some great titles on my reading list, which I do try to read in the order they were received, however I am looking forward to ‘If Only’ getting to the top of the pile 🙂

      I hope that you too, received some great new additions to your shelf this week and that you enjoy them all.

Written by Yvonne