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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
A young woman embarks on an adventure with her husband and friends that comes to an astonishing end in the dramatic short story Marlee's World by Gerard Bianco. Marlee is unusual in that she secretly converses with inanimate objects and distinguishes people by their auras. Although amazingly beautiful and amenable, Marlee has no self-confidence. In comparison, her husband, Sean, is quick-tempered and domineering and takes pleasure in badgering Marlee. Not happy with her situation, Marlee finds solace in communicating with her friends Pail, Lamp, and Bed. Pail, Lamp, and Bed don't like Sean and try to persuade Marlee to leave him. However, Marlee isn't ready to give up on her marriage. Recently, Sean and his best friend Eric have planned a couples' vacation, keeping the destination and details a secret from Marlee and Eric's wife, Beal. While Marlee is preparing to leave, Bed, Pail, and Lamp urge her to grab her suitcase and run away, and as always, Marlee pushes aside their concerns and ignores their advice. But Marlee almost changes her mind when she learns Sean is planning on taking a gun. What kind of vacation retreat requires a firearm? Will Marlee and Beal be in danger?
Unforgettable, Marlee's World by Gerard Bianco is a dramatic and provocative work of fiction. Skillfully written, the story contains unique characters, an imaginative plot, and a captivating storyline. With her unique character traits, Marlee is a fascinating protagonist. Her conflicts with her husband are sadly realistic, making it easy to love Marlee and dislike Sean. Her story is the epitome of a tragic case of an abusive relationship. It is impressive how well the characters and the storyline evolved and developed in so few pages. I loved the addition of the incredible illustrations and the eye-catching chapter headings. Containing amusing situations, heartrending scenes, and a shocking conclusion, it is an entertaining novella that I will not soon forget. Due to explicit language and sexual nuances, it is more suitable for mature readers.