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Twelve stories of wayward travelers. Twelve stamps on the passport of the soul.

Walter struggles to see past his disfigurement, but a trip to Thailand and a mysterious woman challenge his quest for perfection. Married to a workaholic, Leslie is accustomed to solitude until her overbearing Indian mother-in-law turns her kitchen into a verbal battlefield. A woman looks for the perfect souvenir in the Turkish bazaar and instead finds a passionate love affair. From ice storms in Maine to swimming pools in Vera Cruz, errant souls must grapple with past baggage to forge profound connections and a new sense of direction.

Bonds of Love & Blood is a poignant collection of prize-winning stories featuring life’s unexpected arrivals and departures. If you like intimate accounts of lives at the crossroads, vibrant portrayals of global locales, and elegantly-crafted prose, then you’ll love Marylee MacDonald’s compelling tales of travel.

Buy Bonds of Love & Blood to embark on a heart-wrenching journey of love, loss, and redemption today!

The vivid, visceral stories of Bonds of Love & Blood explore continents and cultures, but also the often-greater distance between human hearts.

Tara Ison, author of Reeling Through Life

MacDonald applies insight, power, and delicacy to create characters between whom the psychic space virtually sizzles.

Foreword Reviews

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!

Tracy A Fischer, Readers' Favorite

Superbly written collection of short stories regarding the strength, love, and conflict of human relationships...poignant, honest, and compelling...Highly recommended.

Jason Lolus, Pacific Book Review