If Only by Norma Budden
Rating: 3 Stars
Source: Author in exchange for an honest review
Description: 16 years ago, as a young and frightened high school student, Demi Glenn gave birth to a daughter and gave her up for adoption. Now, Demi feels that she must find the daughter that she only saw for a brief moment all those years ago. When 2 private detectives are unable to give her the answers she needs she turns to the only person left - her high school boyfriend and her daughter's biological father who never knew.
Why I Picked This Book: I'm always intrigued by adoption stories.
My Impression: I thought that this story was unique in the focus of the story. Most adoption stories that I have read focus on the child who is trying to find his/her parents while If Only focuses on the the birth parents. It was interesting and heartbreaking to see the effects of carrying this secret for so long on Demi and it was hard not to feel sorry for her as she felt that she was doing the right thing at the time. It's also very easy to understand her "what might have been thoughts" .
But, while I understood her "what might have been" thoughts I did get frustrated with Demi as her visions seemed to be on the unrealistic side and never really seemed to realize the challenges for both her and David as well as their child if she had chosen to keep the baby and inform David. While, the pacing was good throughout the book there was too much internal discussions for my taste.
While this book ended up not being quite for me the characters were developed and the pacing never dragged. I enjoyed that this one focused more on the emotions than the investigation involved.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Probably, while this one didn't necessarily work for me I still found it very readable which is always a good sign!
Would I Recommend this Book?: If you are interested in adoption stories I think you would be interested in this one.