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‘If Only’ by Norma Budden

So as not to show any spoilers I have not included a synopsis, however, if you want to find out more about the story, just click on the book image, or to read more about both book and author go here.

If you don’t really want to read any major spoilers, then you can tease yourself a little more, by reading the first few lines of the story … here.

Just a quick reminder that Norma will be stopping by in person, on Saturday February 28th, to share her guest post “How Do You Successfully Parent Your Grown Children?”. A great title for the piece and one which just about every parent will have a view on no doubt, so both Norma and myself look forward to having you join in the discusssion 🙂

David took a few moments to look at the pictures set in various places around Demi’s living room. When he and the girls had stayed for a few nights, he didn’t give the living room more than a passing glance, preferring to spend his time in the kitchen, or playing with the girls when they weren’t in bed. This time, his girls weren’t with him – didn’t need his attention – so he let his eyes and mind wander.

As David wandered around looking at the photos – smiling at some, feeling sad about a few others – he saw one pose of Demi and her husband which made his heart stop. They make a striking couple. There’s no doubt he’s as handsome as Dem is beautiful. Looking at her eyes, though, he noticed there was no light – not as it should appear when a woman is totally in love with her husband. I can see that she settled; they don’t have the kind of relationship that Krista and I had togther. At that moment, two thoughts went through his mind: he wondered why Dem hadn’t found some way to tell him about Alexa yet, in the next breath, he wondered why Krista had to die.

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by … MizB of ‘Should Be Reading’.

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:

Grab your current read.

Open to a random page.

  1. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  2. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  3. Remember to share the title and author too.
  4. Head on over to ‘should be reading’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it and you can share other people’s.

It would be great if you then decided to leave a comment for MizB, as we all like to receive them and are interested in sharing your thoughts.

As this was an author review request, a Kindle download of, If Only, was sent to me by Norma Budden.

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

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  • This is an interesting snippet and I look forward to the upcoming discussion about adult children. Yes, I’m sure everyone will have their own opinion. 😉

    The following is from pages 8 & 9 of Chasing Daylight by Eugene O’Kelly.

    One day when I was 14, my mother, who for years had witnessed my passion for the sport, told me it was important to distinguish that from talent.

    “What do you mean?” I asked.

    “You may have the passion to be a great baseball player,” she said, “but not the talent.”

    It took me the better part of that summer to adjust to what my mother had, lovingly, told me. She wanted me to hold onto my passion while also following a path where my talent could flower. I didn’t stop playing ball, or being a fan, and I eventually came to see she was right.

    • Hi Kelly,

      Not having had any children of my own, I shall be looking on with interest to gauge everyone’s view of this discussion 🙂

      ‘Chasing Daylight’ isn’t a book I could read right now, I’m afraid. To start with, I don’t read memoirs, also our best friend died of last year of breast cancer which then spread to her brain and it was terrible to see, what’s more I used not to get upset by a sad story however the older I am getting the more these things seem to get to me.

      I am so pleased that your teaser lines came from early on in the book and what some words of wisdom they impart. You see and hear of people who give up everything to ‘follow their dream’. For the lucky few things work out according to plan, however for the majority dreams and passion seldom acquaint to reality and talent. Whilst parents should always encourage and nurture, they should also instil a sense of confidence to help face the reality of a situation.

      In Eugene’s case, all the passion in the world wasn’t enough to stave off the inevitable, once fate had taken control. Perhaps all anyone can do, is strive to be the best person they can be, for the time they have here and make the most of everyday.

      I hope that you manage to read this one without shedding a tear or two and thanks for sharing your profound teaser lines.

    • Hi Kerry,

      Thank you for stopping by Fiction Books today. I love meeting new people, so your visits will always be welcome and your comments always appreciated 🙂

      I think that David sounds both sad and confused. However, more intriguing is just why he is staying in Demi’s house with his daughters, where is Demi’s husband and who is Alexa?

      Interesting that he honed in straight away that Demi didn’t look happy in the photograph with her husband, I wonder if he is still on the scene, or if Demi is living apart from him.

      Guess there’s only one way to find out!

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      These particular teaser lines do sound quite sad and reflective, don’t they? although Norma has assured commenters that the story is uplifting and she does give away the added spoiler that it has a happy ending!

      Thanks for stopping by, it is always good to hear from you and your comments are valued.

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