A Message From The Heart

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Bob Mandala

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Marnie has been waiting for a new heart for most of her life. She just hasn't been at the right place at the right time. Abby has always been eager to help others when called upon to do so. When one family's sorrow collides with another's limitless joy, everyone's life is changed forever.



Short Summary

Abby Burns meets a tragic death far too soon. She is a certified organ donor. Marnie Garrison has been waiting forever for a new heart and is at the top of the list in her area. Abby's heart becomes available and the transplant takes place. The donor's husband and Marnie have a chance meeting.

Marnie and Russ's affection has grown into love. They marry even after a confrontation with donor's father who was not aboard at all. The donor's children are all-in, the donor's dog has continued his affection for Marnie and even after rejection scares Marnie gets pregnant,


Anywhere, USA

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Marnie Garrison

Age: 35

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Aggressive,Charming,Engaging,Funny,Insecure,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Russ Burns

Age: 38

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Charming,Engaging,Faithful,Educated,Selfless,Funny,Romantic,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Tyler

Age: 15

Gender: Male

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Engaging,Flexible,Strong Moral Code,Modest

Additional Character Details

Name: Stan Lawrence

Age: 65

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Confident,Faithful,Unapologetic,Outspoken

Development Pitch

This is a story of when one family's sorrow collides with another's limitless joy, everyone's life changes forever. Abby Burns is a life long organ donor candidate and advocate who meets an untimely death. Marnie Garrison has needed a new heart almost her entire life. She is strongly supported by her firefighter brother, Jared, and mother. She is now in the right place at the right time to receive Abby's heart and the transplant takes place. Russ Burns is Abby's husband and at a chance meeting with Marnie, Abby's dog, Ben, senses his former owners presence when he sees Marnie. Ultimately, Marnie wants to meet the donor family and she and Russ are both surprised and pleased to see each other again. They develop a friendship and later an affection for one another that leads to love. Marnie pays tribute to Abby's significant role in her own life with a flower garden and plaque at the Botanical Gardens where Abby played a major role. Abby's father, Stan, is totally against the relationship until he is won over by Marnie's selflessness and charm. Russ's kids are enamored by Marnie and grow to like her more and more. Russ and Marnie get married. Marnie is able to return to a floral designer job that she loves and excels in to the point of significant recognition. Too much too soon leads to two transplant rejection scares. Marnie realizes her limitations, settles down and has a baby named Darren Russell Burns after the transplant doctor who saved her life more than once.

About The Author

Bob Mandala is originally from California and now resides in Greenville, SC, with his wife, Linda and their feisty Maltese, Daisy. Before retiring, Bob worked for Bank of America for over 39 years. In addition to writing, Bob has a small art sculpture business - he designs and makes Wire Tree Sculptures that he sells in independent galleries and at various art shows. His sculpture website is DeepintoTrees.com. Bob enjoys golf and of course, reading. The overall themes in Bob's books are love, hope, and one's ability to overcome difficult circumstances no matter how large or how small. His characters often face challenges but with the help of friends and families, they manage to work through these issues and concerns and lead productive and often inspiring lives.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Female Leaning

Group Specific

Transplant Recipients International Organization

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Bob Mandala

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available