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Waiting for Butterflies Paperback – April 4, 2017
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A poignant story about a family coping with loss. Karen Sargent invites you into the sphere of Maggie, Sam, Rachel, and Olivia so masterfully you quickly settle in and find yourself at home. They are relatable and likable, even at their worst moments. Sam's development and Maggie's execution as a character who lives on past death are convincing and impressive. I recoiled in horror with them as their teenage daughter began to lose her way. This novel rewards you with unexpected surprises. No matter what your religion, it is a story of finding faith in life's most difficult moments.
The primary audience is Christian women ages 30 and above who desire a story with authentic characters enduring realistic conflicts. A romantic element is a bonus. This reader’s bookshelf or e-reader may include books by Karen Kingsbury, Deborah Raney, Colleen Coble, and Lisa Wingate. This reader tunes into the Hallmark Channel and Lifetime inspirational movies.
Secondary audiences include readers of inspirational fiction, contemporary women’s fiction, and romance. For instance, readers who enjoy Christian author Debbie Macomber’s inspirational fiction (over 200 million books in print), Jodi Picoult’s women’s fiction, or Nicholas Sparks’s romances are also potential readers for Waiting for Butterflies.
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A beautiful emotional read about a family trying to find a "new normal" after the death of a parent. Two young girls, ages 5 and 14, are suddenly encountering a life they never expected: the death of their mother. How the two girls and their father address their grief is quite individualistic.
Maggie has been given the chance to help her family heal as a lingering spirit. Only her five year old can hear her, although her husband often knows she is present but never can hear what she has to say. Her oldest daughter is not coping. She is floundering the most. She cannot hear her mother and doesn't feel her presence. She thinks the whole idea that her father allows and then encourages his younger daughter to pass on what Maggie has told her to tell them. It certainly isn't helping her grieve. But neither are the other ways she is leading her life.
An incredible novel from beginning to end. It is engaging, mesmerizing, heartbreaking but heartwarming at its core. It is realistic and honest. It addresses faith, spirituality, and ones beliefs and how they are determined and practiced; but in such a minor way it really isn't noticeable. In fact, any novel would be remiss not to have that aspect within.
Her characters are deep, feeling, true people. They are flawed. They are reacting and growing and slowly moving forward from an event that changed their lives forever. They are written so well age wise and situationally wise, the reader feels like present at all times.
Some aspects of this novel will test you and make you question, "what if that happened to me"? Some will question the issue of lingering spirits. Some will root for the main characters, some you will agree with and there will be times you want to shake one of the characters and tell them to get a clue. But then Maggie is able to do that, to some degree.
An enchanting novel that will hook you emotionally from the start and will keep you thinking long after you have hit the end of the novel.
I received a paperback copy via Celebrate Lit
The book is FANTASTIC!! One would never suspect that this book is Karen's first. She is very, very good. She is a master craftsman--weaving the story, the characters (and their perceptions) together...yet never giving a hint of what is to come until the end as she weaves the pieces of the story together into a conclusion. the story flows smoothly; there is not a wasted word or idea! Faith and life after death is carefully woven in...facts that give the story a solid foundation along with a great story line that threads through the piece makes this story exceptional!
I can hardly wait for the next book!!!
I am telling my friends who enjoy Christian fiction at home and at church and in the community to purchase this book
The only concern, for me, was the ability of the mother to be present and able to influence her family after her death. But this is, after all, fiction.
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Immediately the Blake family consisting of Sam, the father, Rachel and Olivia, his daughters, became real as I turned the pages.Read more