If Only by Norma Budden
If Only by Norma Budden is the story of two families brought together by a decision made almost two decades ago. The story opens with Demi, a wife and mother of two kids, regretting a decision she made sixteen years ago as a teen. She gave up a daughter and broke up with her boyfriend because of it. Now, she feels she needs to find her adopted daughter and after hiring two private detectives with zero results, she calls the one man who doesn’t know her secret. When she tells David, it sets a chain of events in motion with consequences they never saw coming. I’d say more, but I don’t do spoilers. I’ll leave it at there were a lot of heavy topics dealt with and a few twists I didn’t see coming.
Overall, this book was written well, but there wasn’t really a lot of suspense. There is a lot of heavy emotions and introspection which slowed the book down for me, but in spite of the insights, I struggled to connect with the characters. I needed to know what happened to David and Demi’s daughter and that’s what kept me reading. When it came to finding their daughter, everything came fairly easy to Demi and David. Don’t get me wrong, they were both put through the wringer, and there were some twists but the author used dreams and coincidences as a way to get information to them and I never enjoy that method. The story was also told from multiple perspectives as well, but if it had been kept to just Demi, David and Renee, I feel the other perspectives could have been discarded and the reader wouldn’t have missed much of anything. This story is decently written, but it’s not really my genre of choice. I didn’t love it, but it was decent enough for me to keep going.
My Rating: 2.9/5
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