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?
The first thing I have to say about this book is all the ‘feels’ it made me have. I guess I spend too much time on tumblr but that is the first thing I thought about while reading it. I have an older son and everytime he does something that is so grown up, I cry. I could really feel what Avery was going through. My second thing to say is that this book was a bit hard to follow at first. In the beginning, the narration changes from Avery to her daughter to an unknown narrator. It was a bit too much. I love character introspective though so this is a great book for me. I love how Avery talks to herself. I also connect with the self deprecative thoughts. You are your worst critic. She is a strong female character that you really connect with as she suffers from first losing her child to the magical world of freedom and college and then the whirlwind of emotions that come along later in the story. I didnt even need the second arc of the kidnapping to get into it. It took a bit to get to the mystery and thriller part of the story but once it’s there, the book moves at a fast pace and drags you along for the ride.
The extra narration from Kara and the ‘unknown’ narrator really give the story a loud voice. I feel like Kara is acting out just to act out because she is finally free of her loving, sheltered home. She is acting like most college kids I know and believe me, I am in tune with the college kids. I worked at a college for five years and I still remember every story that came by my desk. It was a bit creepy seeing through the eyes of the other narrator but once the story gets really interesting, you appreciate the third view. This book starts out slow and then throws you into the world of a mother who has lost so much but stays strong through the toughest time you can imagine.
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