New Novel Unfolds to a Riveting Story of Love Against All Odds

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MLD Bell explores and celebrates the most beautiful of human emotions through the struggles and triumphs of the characters in “ODYSSEY OF DESIRE”.

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In ODYSSEY OF DESIRE, author MLD Bell invites readers to embark on a spellbinding journey back in time that lets them explore love in the light of duty, tradition and some of life’s greatest challenges.

The life of young Susannah irrevocably changes upon the death of her parents. She is left in the care of her guardian, Pierre, a man in his early 20’s. Pierre arranges for them to be married believing it is in Susannah’s best interest. Because of her youth, Pierre places Susannah in a convent until she is old enough to honor her marriage vows. What begins as an act of duty soon blossoms into true love.

Yet, life and love are never simple. Susannah and Pierre find themselves struggling against the vicissitudes of distance and the schemes of people who are determined to keep them apart. From a Mississippi plantation to a convent in New Orleans, from Paris to the shores of the Caribbean, their odyssey unfolds into a story of unwavering desire and a love that defies all odds.

ODYSSEY OF DESIRE transports readers to an earlier era, a time charged with passion where two people discover and celebrate a profound and lasting love.

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About the Author
M.L.D. Bell lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with her husband, Paul, an attorney. She has an undergraduate degree in English and a Master’s degree in counseling. After college, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras for two years.

Bell has lived in Australia and has traveled extensively, visiting every continent except Antarctica. She has worked for many years helping disabled people find employment. She has written weekly columns for two Washington, D.C. suburban newspapers, reviewing books for a local paper and non-fiction essays. She has written two other novels and is presently working on a third.

Publication Date: November 15, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 256 pages; 978-1-4771-3345-3
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 256 pages; 978-1-4771-3346-0
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4771-3347-7

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