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The Memory of Butterflies

A Novel
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
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To keep a devastating family secret from being revealed, a young mother's desperate lies could end up destroying everything, and everyone, she loves. The Memory of Butterflies is a poignant story of family and forgiveness - of knowing when to let go and when to hold each other close.

Hannah Cooper's daughter is leaving for college soon. The change is bittersweet. A single mother since the age of eighteen, Hannah isn't eager to confront the pain of being alone, but she's determined not to let her own hang-ups keep Ellen from the future she deserves. As Ellen's high school graduation approaches, Hannah decides it's time to return to her roots in Cooper's Hollow along Virginia's beautiful and rustic Cub Creek.

With the help of longtime friend Roger Westray, Hannah devotes her energies to building a new house on the site of the old family home, destroyed in a fire more than a decade ago. But Hannah's entire adult life has revolved around one very big secret. And her new beginning comes with unanticipated risks that will cost her far more than she could have imagined - perhaps more than she can survive.

When a confrontation forces Hannah to expose her secret, the truth may destroy her beloved daughter. Hannah is prepared to sacrifice everything to protect her family, but can their lives and their bond withstand the seismic shift that's coming?

©2017 Grace Greene (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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One of the best reads in a while

What a moving story made even better by how well written it is. This is my first book by this author and I will be reading more of her books

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  • NMwritergal
  • 18-12-17

Gets progressively more implausible

No spoilers: At first I was willing to go with the implausibility of what happened because the story was interesting and the author did do good job of convincing me that given the circumstances, Hannah could have made the choice she did. But then the story switches to “present day” when Ellen is now getting ready to graduate from high school. It was downhill from there as things got more and more ridiculous.

The breaking point was Hannah’s confession. If I had been reading in print instead of listening, I suspect I would have read about 5% of that scene—the dialogue. What’s in between the dialogue are long and drawn out (and tedious) descriptions of Hannah’s feelings. The narrative drive is completely lost when after every piece of dialogue, there’s no answer to a question or further explanation but instead a huge chunk of description about Hannah and her mental or physical state.

And it kind of continued that way for the rest of the book—mostly just stuck in Hannah’s head with her questions, guilt, and all her other feelings. I just wanted to get to the end of the book and see how it wrapped up.

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  • DD
  • 13-12-17

Loved this book and narrator!!!

Wow it has been a long time since I've read any story so moving and well written. I want to cry for all Hannah went thru in her life but how real and resilient she was. This book reminds me of books by Catherine Ryan Hyde...thank you Grace Greene!

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  • shmuel
  • 30-01-19

so sad...

this story is so tragically sad I couldn't bear it. Brittany pressley brings it to life in her usual masterful fashion, but it just makes it even sadder...

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  • cindy
  • 27-02-18

Couldn't finish

What disappointed you about The Memory of Butterflies?

I guess I have no patience for people that lie to their children. The first part is beautifully written, and the characters are real and complex. I really wanted to like this book but I can't get past the fact that it all revolves around her lying to her daughter about who she is.

Has The Memory of Butterflies turned you off from other books in this genre?

I like stories about people's lives, but I found myself just not liking this woman.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I don't know if it was the narration or the writing but the dreamlike almost monotone quality made it really easy to loose the thread of the story - I had to keep backing up and listening again.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I really liked the beginning, I thought it was going to be a favorite. Until all the lies. Maybe I'll have to read the rest of it instead of listening.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-12-17

Amazing

An amazing book. Love the family aspect ,the author is a new favorite;the audible. Fantastic. I would give it a ten if I could. So very well written !!!!!!!!!!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-10-19

fantastic storytelling

loved this book!! didn't want it to end. great narrator. will look for other stories by this author.

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  • A+D
  • 24-10-19

Lies and Truths

The Memory of Butterflies reads something like a memoir to me. Mixing present and past. Lies told for supposed protection at the time. Truths that come out and cause pain. Hannah clung to her false reality with everything in her. She kept people at arms length. She could not give her heart to anyone, it was broken and held all her secrets.
Those secrets came out. Relationships were broken. Truth also brought healing.
Honestly, as I was reading, I kept thinking this was kind of a depressing book. There is a lot of sadness and regret. But truth offers hope. Hope for healing and hope for a better future.

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  • MrsBuchholz
  • 26-09-19

What was in the antique box?

Sitting here wondering why they dug up an antique box and then didn’t tell us what was inside. Did I miss something?

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  • thow
  • 06-07-19

Great read!

Loved this book! Narrator is great. The writing is really good too. Great little story with a few surprises. Highly recommend.

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  • Shanniemarie
  • 24-06-19

definitely read this book.

I loved this book. kept me entertained. good story, lots of secrets to find out. I listen to the audio Version on my way to work and at home. the characters were very easy to relate to. the lady reading the book on the Audi version is great. I am so glad I downloaded this book and gave it a try! you won't be sorry.