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Mystical Embrace: Our Rekindled Bond

Marlene F Cheng

Independently Published

Paper: 978-1-7752477-0-8        $14.99

eBook: 978-1-7752477-1-5        $  3.99

Author Website: https://marlenecheng.wordpress.com

Ordering Link: https://www.amazon.com/author/marlenecheng


Mystical Embrace: Our Rekindled Bond is the third book in the “Bond” series. Prior fans familiar with the characters and setting of its predecessors will find that this new addition vastly expands the story, adding further developments that profile the results of a romance between NHL hockey player Y, who has a family in Sweden but tours the world, and Geneva, an emergency room nurse who falls in love with him.

Now Y has two families—and when the media exposes his affair and the child which has resulted, lives are changed and hearts are broken. Can love emerge victorious from such adversity?

Mystical Embrace‘s special talent lies in its ability to closely examine not just the choices of its characters and the consequences they face on many fronts, but the added challenges of a health crisis and the social issues that swirl around them.

It should also be noted that events and mysticism are steeped in First Nation references right from the start, from Cloud’s crushing grief and discovery of a farewell note from Raven Sings to Geneva’s ‘mystical home’ and connections to not just her child and lover, but the world.

Marlene Cheng’s voice is evocative throughout as the characters view their world, return to their roots, and steep themselves in their chosen lives and cultural inheritances: “…in keeping with Island ways, I shared with them what had happened to Krys and how I was handling it, in bits and pieces, at opportune moments: while walking the beach, keeping an eye for interesting drift-wood garden statues; over warm, buttered, lemony scones and lattes while waiting for the moon to be eclipsed, hoping for the clear night to hold; when thoughts were triggered. They never pushed, realizing that some details were difficult in their coming. Some were even too sensitive for their empathetic ears.”

With her slow, lazy prowess at painting scenes with words, Cheng draws readers into lives unexpectedly entwined not just by life circumstance and choice, but by mysticism and fate.

Because multiple lives are explored in the first person, Cheng is careful to include the names of each character when changing perspective. This makes it easy for readers to follow their evolution and changes.

Warm, psychologically introspective, culturally and spiritually revealing, and filled with the gentle flow of interconnected lives, Mystical Embrace: Our Rekindled Bond enhances the series by pursing the threads of previous books as it contrasts the life and adrenaline rush of a NHL hockey star with the gentler perspective of characters who move beyond the lure of considering life as either a win or lose proposition.

Under Marlene Cheng’s hand, everyone wins in different ways. And so does the reader, for pursuing an evocative story of magic, change, and the concurrent challenges of ALS and a legacy of love. — Diane Donovan, author/editor, California Bookwatch





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Our Broken Bond, Marlene F. Cheng

Literature & Fiction

In this warm and engaging sequel to Our Precious Bond, accomplished author Marlene F. Cheng closely follows the life stories of three characters who are as unique as their names: Raven, Oriole and Tree.
Raven is the now-grown son of Geneva, from the first book, and his NHL hockey star father, known only as “Y.” He turns one day from a PhD path and impulsively joins the Canadian army, eventually becoming a superior sniper. And even though his parents are nonplussed at his new life choice, he never looks back through two harrowing tours of duty in Iraq.
Oriole is a downtrodden refugee camp survivor who miraculously emigrates to America one day, sponsored by, of all organizations, a college fraternity. There, he finds new brothers to replace the family that was brutally gunned down so many years before by rebels, when he was a child in his native Sudan.
And Tree? She is the U.N. relief worker who discovers Oriole in the dusty back byways of the refugee camp, aids in his emigration, and finally follows him to Canada. 

Our Broken Bond is a captivating, exciting, and charming novel that will have its readers turning the pages with haste into the early hours of the morning. As I began to read Our Broken Bond, I immediately knew that this was going to be an incredible sequel. It is an intriguing, unique novel unlike anything I have read before, that captivated me with its heart-pounding moments and phenomenal literature courtesy of the excellent author Marlene F. Cheng. If you are a reader who loves being taken on a journey that is full of many amazing moments, then you will love Our Broken Bond.

As I read Our Broken Bond I was honestly in awe; it was like a present was being unwrapped before my eyes and the more the pages turned, the more excited I got for the finale.

Marlene F. Cheng is a newly discovered author of mine, and I have to confess book lovers that I am kicking myself for not having found Cheng’s work sooner! Never before have I been so entertained by a novel! To write a good book the reader needs to be fully immersed in the story and feel as if they are experiencing the same events as the protagonist(s) and Cheng manages to accomplish this with her writing in Our Broken Bond. Cheng is most certainly worthy of an abundance of praise.

Overall Our Broken Bond is a gripping novel that is guaranteed to keep readers entertained for hours on end, so I, of course, have to award the story five stars! 

Aimee Ann from  https://redheadedbooklover.com

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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers’ Favorite

A Mystical Embrace: Our Rekindled Bond by Marlene F Cheng tells
the interwoven story of a number of persons, many of them women.
The story unravels with Krystian, an illegitimate son of
Geneva, an emergency room doctor, and an NHL hockey player
exchanging casual banter with Ryan, a farm boy turned military
man. What follows is a series of chapters told from the intimate
points of view of the various characters such as Cloud, Geneva,
Venice, Y, Shelly, Karin, Ellie, Tree, and others. Set in different
countries like Canada, Ireland, Sweden, and Africa, A Mystical
Embrace is a fantastic journey that takes readers to the innermost
corners of the human heart.
Marlene F Cheng’s A Mystical Embrace: Our Rekindled Bond is a
gripping novel that explores the depths and dimensions of human
life itself. The main protagonists of the novel experience myriad
events like love and betrayal, true friendship and death, crippling
diseases, relationships and a host of other deep emotions. And
because it is told from the character’s very own point of view, it
becomes very real and palpable. Author Marlene F Cheng is a
master storyteller, capable of shifting her voice from one character
to the next. Certainly, a feat that many writers would like to have.
And in spite of all the trials that come together with life itself, A
Mystical Embrace offers something in the end that perhaps makes
everything worth experiencing, and this is what makes the novel a
must-read for everyone.




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My name is Marlene Cheng and I am looking for readers interested in reviewing my new novel, A Mystical Embrace.

Geneva, an emergency room doctor, and Y, an NHL hockey player who has a wife and children back home in Sweden, are the central characters in the three-book Bond Series. They have a scintillating love affair which consequently produces an illegitimate child, Krystian, who becomes their precious bond. Honour, integrity and the fear of becoming celebrity-fodder for the media takes Y home to his family, leaving Geneva to be a single-parent.

This stunning saga beautifully unfolds the lives of a cast of unforgettable characters who break your heart yet can piece it back together again.

Ready to download your free copy? Just click here!

Thank you for your consideration. I hope you enjoy A Mystical Embrace!

Marlene   marlene.cheng@telus.net    https://marlenecheng.wordpress.com



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Y appears to fit, to a T, what the identical twins, Geneva and Venice think about young professional hockey players: Their inflated masculinity and living off the adrenaline high of danger probably stifles their moral development, and the fervent fan adoration that treats them like celebrities doesn’t help the matter; They are studs, who would have no idea what a mutually respecting relationship was; Swagger — all swagger, nothing of consequence. Cocky, even.

Yes, Y is all this, but he is more. Hockey is his passion. He has worked hard to come up through the ranks and to get drafted by a NHL Hockey Team, the Vancouver Canucks. It’s his career. It rules his thinking. It rules his life.

Furthermore, he is married with family — Karin and two young daughters live in his home town in Sweden. He left, to play hockey.

Like any young man away from family and home for long periods at a stretch, he is homesick. He misses (terribly) his wife and daughters and female companionship.

For moral guidance and as a means to touch home base, he carries a letter from his grandmother (Mormor).  It’s to remind him where he came from and of those who helped him get to where he is — not to get too high on himself. It smells of cinnamon buns baking in Mormor’s kitchen.

Nevertheless, Y falls in love with Geneva, the emergency room doctor, who treated him when he was injured.

And despite all her derogatory thoughts about hockey players and her code of ethics not to get involved with patients, she is sensitive to a certain vibration circling the room as if a wind had blown in with him and hadn’t yet settled.

We discover a Y who doesn’t quite fit the stereotype that the twins portrayed and a Geneva who loses her heart.

At the end of the season Y returns home to his family.

Geneva discovers that she is pregnant.

Now what will they do? What kind of man will this make of the young famous hockey player? What damage could this “fodder for the media” do to his marriage, his career?

What do you think Geneva and Y should do? Leave a comment. I’m interested in hearing if (in today’s world) you think that this might be an issue.

Read about the books: Our Precious Bond, Our Broken Bond and coming soon, Our Rekindle Bond at https://marlenecheng.wordpress.com  or  https://authorcentral.amazon.com/author/marlenecheng