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?
I received this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion. I would rate it at 3 stars. I found it very difficult to get into at the start.
The book was difficult for me to get into because of the way it is written. Lots of similes and almost all of them are food related. Getting through the beginning was ponderous. Very heavy on the descriptors.
So I will admit I began skimming through. The novel has good bones. The underlying story is a good one. After I made it through about a third of the book, it finally became a little easier to read. I was finally invested in the characters.
As the action picks up, I really felt for the main character. Avery was scared and hurt and had no idea what was going on. Why was she taken from everything she knew? I then narrowed it down to two characters who might be the antagonist. And then the unexpected happens. And then it happens again.
I still had to skim through the extra wording. I did have to read through to find out what happened to them all. It's an interesting story filled with several twists I didn't expect and enjoyed. It also explores the bond between mothers and daughters as well as the consequences of life choices. I certainly enjoyed the plot, the story, but there was a bit too much extra stuff to wade through.
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