Wednesday, January 15, 2014

REVIEW: Bond of Love by Amy Suzanne

As a picturesque mother and wife, forty-one year old Avery Richards seems to have it all. Married to a successful veterinarian named Noah and mother to a spunky daughter named Kara, her life is far from awful but she is stuck. With the recent move of their daughter, who has just flown the coop for college, this story examines the deep and often-tumultuous bond between mother and child and the lengths we are willing to go to, as mothers, to sacrifice our own happiness for the ones we love. As we watch Avery walk through her ‘new’ way of daily life, without her ambitious and stubborn child around to mother any longer, we are given a very unique opportunity to tip toe in the front row of their lives, from three very separate views. We will see life as it plays out through her mature and motherly eyes, through Kara’s young and sheltered heart, and then through ‘someone else’s eyes’ that has a vested interest in them both. As Avery’s well-hidden web of lies come crashing down in an unexpected way, her secrets that she’s safeguarded for years will threaten to rip her peaceful world apart, as well as the world of the ones she loves most. As readers, we will watch how ONE single choice can alter everything. Each character will then be forced to examine what the true meaning of love and forgiveness means to them. Every gamut of emotion will be explored: humor, sadness, love, joy, betrayal, hate, and forgiveness. Bond of Love will leave you pondering the age-old question: How well do YOU actually know the ones you love most?
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RATING: 4 stars

REVIEW: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I absolutely loved this book. Its been a long time since I got so engrossed in a book. I spent a Sunday at work, quiet, thankfully, so I could finish this book. Afterwards, I stomped my feet. "I can't believe it! I can't believe she DID that!!! WHY did she do that?!!!!!" Of course my co-workers were looking at me strangely. They all know how obsessed I am with books, but they've never seen me react so strongly. I really don't want to spoil this book for anyone, but the ending is!!!
Now, I am not giving it 5 stars. There were some bad parts to it. The beginning was slow. It was hard in the first few chapters to connect mother to daughter. I don't remember the daughter's name explicitly being said until perhaps 20% into the book. And the ending....logically I understand the ending and the reasoning behind it, but....but.... it's just so quick, and too neat.
I am trying so hard not to spoil this book, but the characters were awesome, the plot twist was jaw-dropping, and the ending was....well, just read above.

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