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 really wanted to like Bond of Love. There was an interesting mystery just brewing under the surface, but long drawn out descriptions and similes in every other sentence really bogged down the begining. I love good descriptive writing, but I skimmed through the descriptions to get to the heart of the story. The storyline is good, the plot is unique and the characters are complex. I found myself sticking with it to find the true story underneath all the extra words.
I give this particular story 3 out of 5 stars because it has great potential and by the middle of the book, I was hooked. Since this is the first actual story from author Amy Suzanne, having first published a memoire, I think we can expect to see many great things from her in the future.