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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Marigold is a romantic suspense short story written by A.L. Wright. Lyle’s Marine training had held him in good stead throughout his long years of solitude and captivity. He had filled his days with calisthenics, yoga and body-weight training for his body and mind, and his nights were filled with dreams -- of her. She was so real to him in those dreams. Every muscle and sinew, her proud figure standing by his side no matter what they encountered. Not even remembering his own name after his seven long years alone, he had never thought of her as having a name either, but he knew, waking or sleeping, that she was there for him. When he finally did hear voices outside his cell, he marveled at the thought that just maybe he would finally be freed and, indeed, his cell door was opened, and a man in combat attire was there speaking to him. He was stunned to hear that Lyle had been imprisoned for so long, but nowhere near as stunned as Lyle was when he saw her. Her name was Colonel Anissa Medina, and she was everything he had come to know and love at night in his dreams, and she had come for him.
A.L. Wright’s romantic suspense short story, Marigold, is a provocative and moving tale about a man whose dream comes true. I couldn’t help but feel for Lyle’s suffering through those long years of imprisonment, years when he almost seems to lose his whole sense of identity, and I rejoiced with him at his sudden release. Wright’s plot is captivating and atmospheric as the two dream-lovers get to realize each other in the flesh. Their dialogue is richly cadenced as Anissa shows him her world and brings him to the house that will be theirs. Marigold is most highly recommended.