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One Life
by Nicole Holmquist   

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Publisher:  Blooming Twig Books ISBN-10:  onelife Type: 


Copyright:  2007 ISBN-13:  9781933918211

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This is an autobiographical story of one woman's journey of self discovery. The main character is an adoptee, having been adopted at birth; a theme that is woven throughout the story and follows the effect adoption has on a person throughout the course of a lifetime.

The book takes you on a rollercoaster ride from the height of success in the modeling world to the despair of being a battered wife. Along the way amazing characters are there to guide and alter her life.

Dive into this very honest portrayal by the author that comes full circle as the reader experiences the miracle with her as she
finally finds her way home.

Nicole Vehorn Holmquist was born in Charleston, South Carolina and raised in Greenville County, South Carolina. She currently lives with her husband and children in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California.

“We never know who our stories will affect when we share them. So we must share them. That's true power and beauty and we are just the humble journeyers;
wide-eyed and awestruck!”- Nicole Vehorn Holmquist

“Hello?”  My voice was small and shaky.

“Hi.  Anne Marie?  This is your Aunt Diane.” My smile must have shown through the phone connection as did hers. 

For the first time in my life, I was talking to a blood relative other than my own children.  The moment was incredible.  She told me how thankful she is that I have found them.  She told me that my Mom often talks about me and had always hoped I would return.  My aunt said that the pictures I sent to her over the Internet were remarkable.  She said that my mother and I could pass as twins. 

“Does she know about any of this yet?”  I asked.

“No, not yet.  I don’t want to take any of this away from her.  I want you to be the one to call her.”

“Me?  Are you sure?  You don’t think you should warn her first?”

“No” said my aunt.  “I know my sister and she will be fine.  Just let me call her and make sure that she is free to talk tonight with no interruptions.  I’ll call you back in a minute.”

“Okay.”  I said and hung up the phone. 


This was it.  The moment I had waited for so very long was about to finally happen.  I turned on my stereo and put in a Paul Simon CD, playing the very first track, “Mother and Child Reunion.”  I fell into a chair and tried to relax.


I sat in the dark as Paul Simon sang:

“Oh little daughter of mine, I can’t for the life of me, remember a sadder day.  I know they said, let it be.  But it just don’t work out that way and the course of a lifetime runs over and over again. 

No I would not give you false hope on this strange and mournful day, when the mother and child reunion is only a moment away…”

The phone rang.


 “She’s there,” said Aunt Diane.  “She’s there all by herself and no distractions.  I told her to be expecting a phone call.  I also told her that she would mark this day down on her calendar!  Are you ready for her number?”


The reality of it hit me hard for a moment. 

“You know, for so many years I would look at the telephone and think,  ‘If I only knew what ten digit combination to press, I could talk to my mother.  All the numbers are there, if I just knew what order to press them in.’”

“Well sweetheart, here’s your combination….”


I hung up with my aunt and stared at the piece of paper I was holding in my hand.  I listened to the song finishing up on my CD player, breathed deeply for a moment and dialed the number.



It was her.  It was the woman I had been searching for my whole life.  After thirty years I was finally hearing her voice again.  I wanted to be an outsider for a second.  I wanted to hear her voice and listen to her speak.  However, after she said hello for the second time, I knew I had better say something.

“Um, hi.”  Nervous giggle on my part and then a short pause. 

“You’re sister Diane gave me your number.” 

What was I going to say?  I am sure there is some proper etiquette I should follow here, but for the life of me I have no idea what it is.  I moved my mouth without speaking, without making a sound, as if she could see me she said,


All I could do was blurt out a name, my name, my birth name.

“Elaine Michelle!”


She gasped and started to cry.  I laughed, cried, tried to speak, all at once.

“Elaine?  Elaine is that you?”

I must have muttered, “Uh hum” at some point.

“Oh Elaine, I knew it was you, I just knew it.  When Diane told me that I would mark this day on my calendar, I knew it had to be you.  Nothing else would have made me this happy!”

I was still sobbing at the sound of my mother’s voice.

“Oh Elaine, I knew you’d find me someday!  I knew you would come back to me.  I must’ve died and gone to heaven!  Am I dead?  Is this real?”

“It’s real, it’s me.”
"I am constantly reminded how life can change in the blink of an eye, in the touch of a hand, the ring of a phone. How is it that one life, one life can affect so many others? I have been altered by each and every one of them. I was changed by their kindness, redefined by disappointments, rejuvenated in their smiles."

Professional Reviews

From Joe Soll, LCSW, psychotherapist and author of Adoption Healing And Evil Exchange
One Life is a gripping, heart-wrenching story of an adopted woman's journey to wholeness. Nicole Holmquist's courage and strong core-self are the key to her survival in a struggle that many with less strength would not manage to do. This well-written narrative is a must read. Prepare yourself to be glued to your chair from start to finish.

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Reader Reviews for "One Life"

Reviewed by gregory garner 4/16/2008
This book is an amazing journey that actually reads like a suspense novel, because you are constantly needing to know where the author is going next. It is an inspirational novel that inspires not only adoptees and abuse victims but anyone who feels like there is no way out! I will read this again someday!
Reviewed by Shannon Phoenix 4/26/2007
Pitiful. Boohoo.
Reviewed by George Sampson II 4/24/2007
A very emotional piece of prose that made me break down. Maybe this is I can't go there. Anyway, I hope you get a good publishing deal so that the best possible prose will be presented to the public. It certainly looks and reads like a classic story.

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