Bond of Love
by: Amy Suzanne
Publication: December 5, 2013
Length: 406 pages
Genres: Romance, Thriller, Mystery
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?
By Amy Suzanne
One setting in my story is the animal shelter, PAWS where Avery volunteers. Avery put her dream to become a veterinarian to the side, became a wife and mother instead, and later a volunteer at PAWS. It’s not a glamorous job, or a high paying one like her husband’s, but she finds great satisfaction and joy in it. This choice, to include this role in Avery’s life was based on MY love and devotion to help all animals. I wanted to create a character that depicted someone with a full heart and an organized nature.
A lot of times, when we think about “animal lovers” we think about the TV show, Animal Hoarders. At least I do. Let me clarify now, I do have several animals, but they are all VERY well taken care of! They don’t have hairballs hanging off their sides like a Siamese twin, nor do they smell, and are full of fleas. No, my house is CLEAN and so are my furry friends whom I love deeply! Floors are moped and vacuumed, counters are scrubbed, the kitchen is free of clutter and dishes, all laundry is done daily, and doggy doo-doo is deposited in tied garbage bags into the trashcan outside! My animals are a blessing and a part of my family, but they are a lot of work too. It takes a lot of effort and money to keep them healthy and happy.
I do not like the stigma that people often place on other people who love and rescue animals and that’s why I chose to include her working in a shelter in my story. My animals are not only just dogs and cats; they are family members. We do not toss them in the yard and leave them to their own defenses for days on end, tied by a rope on their neck with no food or water. In fact, ours only go outside to go potty. My husband may disagree about a few of them, he says that he’d like to trade them in for some new models, but when all is said and done, I know that he’d never give any of them away. My parents taught me, that if you bring an animal into your home, you care for it until it’s old. We do not do trade in’s, returns, or givebacks. Never! Therefore, because of this motto, we are left with a house full of special-needs animals. All have been rescued in some way, shape, or form. Each one has his or her, own issues. It only makes me love each one of them even more.
Over my life, I have had many different animals: cats, dogs, hamsters, chickens, a rooster, bunnies, and even lizards. Each one has touched my heart and has left its mark. Avery’s cat Bubba, in the story, is based on our cat from when my husband and I were first married. Like in the story, Bubba was a longhaired, orange and white cat. He had big green eyes and he loved to cuddle. He reminded me of a bushy dusting mop; I loved him very much. Unlike Avery’s cat though, our Bubba passed away of liver failure when he was only ten years old. It was terribly hard on us all, especially me. He was the first real death our children had to experience and I will never forget my fluffy shadow. I wanted to pay tribute to our Bubba in my story. I still miss him after all these years.
This is Amy’s second published work, the first being a memoir written exclusively for her children. As a former second grade teacher, and long time professional photographer, she has been writing and filling journals since she was young enough to hold a pencil and form words. Although writing brings her to a place of solace and joy, her most ambitious and fulfilling job in life thus far has been being a mother. Married for nearly two decades now, she and her husband share four daughters, who fill their lives with amusement, love, and drama daily. It is her lifelong goal to preserve her family’s history through the written word, pictures, and the human touch of love.
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