If Only...

If Only...

by Lisa M. Owens

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BN ID: 2940152397239
Publisher: Lisa M. Owens
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

The writing bug bit Lisa M. Owens at an early age; she was writing short stories and poetry by the age of seven. At the age of eight, she entered a writing contest at her elementary school. About fifty books were written, but Lisa was one of the thirteen writers chosen who received a certificate and the chance to meet Oklahoma writer Sandy Miller. A former victim of domestic violence herself, Lisa worked at the courthouse for over seven years. Almost three of those years she worked on the Marriage License/Protective Order desk. She helped women file protective orders and worked closely with the staff and counselors at DVIS. Frustrated with books that merely gloss over the subject of domestic violence, Lisa wanted to write a book that told the entire story. Her first novel, If Only…, was the result. Her dream is for her words to help give someone the courage to leave an abusive relationship. She resides in Oklahoma and has two children. This is her second published novel, and the first novel of this series, Bree and Scott’s story, is now available. She is currently working on her third novel. Lisa enjoys hearing from her readers and can be reached at P.O. Box 9643, Tulsa, OK 74157-0643, or by e-mail, lisamowens@ymail.com. She can also be contacted on her website, www.lmowens.co.

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If Only 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Bookworm305 More than 1 year ago
My Rating: ¿¿¿.5 This book was provided from the author for an honest review. Bree Sexton celebrating her divorce from her abusive husband with a night out with her friends. While her friends enjoy libations, Bree reflects on the state of her broken life. Her five year marriage to her abusive husband, Bryan, was filled with abuse on ever level, miscarriages, and fear. But, he was Bree's choice over her loving and gentle high-school sweetheart and one time fiancé, Scott. As the evening grows later, Bree's mind carries her back to her time with Scott when she was happy, loved, and above all...safe. Deciding to bow out on her friends, Bree leaves the bar and runs right into Scott, the man that has consumed her mind all evening. Shocked by his presence, Bree and Scott exchange pleasantries and she finds out that he is happily married with a baby on the way. Now utterly depressed, Bree allows Scott to continue into the bar to celebrate his brother's bachelor party. Dejectedly walking away from the bar, Bree slips on a patch of ice and hits her head on the sidewalk knocking herself unconscious. When she comes to, the world as she knew it no longer exists. She wakes up in Scott's arms and her life takes a sweetly emotional turn...for the better. So, I'm going to say it right out. This story depressed me. Ok, that's not exactly true. The abuse inflicted by Bryan depressed me because I felt powerless to help Bree (and even Susan). My heart broke for both of them but I was utterly incensed and kinda driven into a murderous rage by Bryan's actions. *Whew* Glad I got that out. :) Now, with that being said, there are parts of the story where I just wanted to shake Bree...HARD! Poor Scott was thrown for a loop by her claims of living another life with another man. On several occasions she got frustrated with him for not understanding. But really...how could he when he only knew of his life with her. Scott was so sweet and loving even when dealing with his own emotional turmoil. Although he got frustrated, he never got angry with Bree that he threatened to hurt her. He was just the type of man she needed to help her heal from her years of continued abuse. Although I enjoyed the story, there were a few secondary elements that I didn't understand (i.e. the insertion of Bree's mother). That story trail didn't seem to have any importance and didn't particularly add anything substantive to the story for me. If Only is definitely not a story for the faint of heart. Your emotions will definitely be pulled into the story as you feel each and every emotion felt by the characters - fear, frustration, desire, and love. Overall, a well done story! Reading Time: 2.5 Hours