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 to find her but getting no solid information to go on, Demi turns to the one man who will not come back empty-handed – David Alexander – the father of the baby she had given up so long ago.
Together, will they be able to find their daughter without both of 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?
"Ms. Budden takes the reader on this adventure ... I think this book transcends gender, nationality, and age gaps." - Rosy Reader, Amazon
"I enjoyed going through the adventures as well as emotions with the characters ... keep writing Norma; you are a good writer as well as a story teller." -Nunia Qanatsiaq, Amazon
"You will not believe the turn of events in this book and how tragic circumstances turn into a true love story." - hesustains, Amazon
"Wow!! Well written sweet story of young love and loss. Love to see a sequel!" - S. Taylor-Wilson, Amazon
"I got so wrapped up in these characters, that when I got to the end I wanted Norma to write more and tell us all how life continues for Demi, David and the children ... I am a #1 Fan of Norma Budden's writing. I will read and love anything she writes because of the emotion, reality and just pure feelings that she puts into her characters to make us love them." - Dee Fleischman, Amazon
"The story is beautifully written and weaves the past and the present together ... a story worth reading. It explored the issues surrounding adoption and giving up a child." - Hannah B, Amazon
"If Only is heart-wrenchingly beautiful tale that will make you laugh, cry, then laugh some more." - Jill M.
"If Only by Norma Budden is another heart-tugger. Norma, you have another winner. I absolutely love this story." - Jamie Mounts, Amazon
"The emotions and unexpected happenings throughout this story kept me turning the pages until I was reading the last page." - Marilyn R, Amazon
"I enjoyed reading If Only by Norma Budden. The story had so much emotion and went in so many directions it was a roller coaster of a book." - Vicki Goodwin
"I enjoyed the ride so much! Laughter and tears, and soul searing pain was all in this story. I loved it!" - Elizabeth, Amazon
"I found this to be a very enjoyable read that dealt well sensitive issues in a good way." - R. Robinson, Amazon
"I would highly recommend If Only to anyone who enjoys reading romances with a little more substance to them." - I. Ray, Amazon
"If Only churns the emotions up in a way that leaves one feeling angry, sad and hopeful ... a good book, describing a very real problem, with sensitivity and understanding." - Margaret Watkins, Amazon
"What a terrific book! As some other reviewers have mentioned, this book will resonate with you long after you finish reading it. I, too, hope there will be a sequel to this book." - Nola, Amazon
"This story touched my heart with characters that I found myself liking a lot. There were some unexpected twists to keep the story at a good pace, even some parts that brought a tear to my eye." - B. Adams, Amazon
"Very unique in terms of plot and I really like the characters. Readers should be aware that this book is definitely going to pull at your heart so you should have your tissues handy!" - Pretty Little Book Reviews, Amazon
"The parallels between the book and the real life story of so many other people make it believable." - Sandra K. Stiles, Author