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Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite
Wow! Just...wow! I just finished reading the absolutely wonderful collection of short stories by author Marylee MacDonald, Bonds of Love & Blood, and I simply cannot get over how fantastic this book was! Anyone who knows me knows that I love short stories in general. Being able to pick up a book and read a complete story as I'm riding the bus to work or sitting in a waiting room for an appointment is simply a delight. But when I started reading Bonds of Love & Blood, I found a completely different experience. I simply could not put this down. I read story after story; once one was done, I simply could not wait to see what author Marylee MacDonald had in store for her readers next.
From the story of a mother and daughter struggling to love an alcoholic husband and father, to the man who feels disfigured by the birthmark on his face but finds, on a trip to Thailand, what just might lead to his happiness, to the story of tough workplace situations, the stories may seem disparate, but are all linked by the common themes of love and loss. Author Marylee MacDonald has done an absolutely masterful job of presenting her readers with short stories so beautifully written that the characters will stay in your mind long after the story, and indeed the book, is done. If that isn't a hallmark of an amazing writer, I don't know what is. Any reader who loves works of short fiction, or just great fiction in general, will love Bonds of Love & Blood. I highly recommend this book, and will certainly be watching carefully for the next work released by author Mary MacDonald. If it's anything like this one, it will absolutely be worth the read!