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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
A Message From The Heart by Bob Mandala is a powerful novel with an incredible message of love and hope. Marni Garrison suffers from heart complications but her life is about to change when Abby Burns, a donor, has a fatal accident. Marni is lucky to receive Abby's heart. She is curious about the family of her donor and wants to meet them. Abby's husband, Russ, accepts to meet her. It starts with the first meeting and they discover they want to meet again. Thus begins a romance that will bring two families together and take them on an incredible journey.
A wonderful story filled with magical realism and exciting characters. The plot is well-imagined and skillfully written. Readers will enjoy the relationships between the characters, the excitement of Abby's children as they meet the woman who has their mother's heart, the wisdom and unique skills of Dr. Darren Larson, and how the doctor manages to handle Marni's bouts of organ rejection, and the connection between Russ and Marni. A Message From The Heart is a beautiful story beautifully told. Apart from the depth of character, readers will enjoy the deft handling of the themes of love, romance, family, and death. The plot is exciting and the writing is permeated with humanity. This book had me turning the pages because of the exciting narrative voice and how the author handles the beauty of human connection in the story. It's a great read, indeed.