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BOOK REVIEW: Waiting for Butterflies by Karen Sargent

Posted September 28, 2017 by Fizzy Pop in Karen Sargent / 4 Comments

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by CelebrateLit. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.

BOOK REVIEW: Waiting for Butterflies by Karen SargentWaiting for Butterflies by Karen Sargent
Published by Amphorae Publishing Group, LLC on April 4th 2017
Genres: Christian, Fiction, General
Pages: 296
Source: CelebrateLit
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Waiting for Butterflies is an achingly tender portrait of a mother whose love reaches beyond the possible.

When tragedy strikes, Maggie discovers a mother's love never ends--not even when her life does. Longing for her family after her sudden death, she becomes a lingering spirit and returns home where she helplessly witnesses her family's downward spiral in the aftermath of her passing. Her husband is haunted by past mistakes and struggles to redeem himself. Her teenage daughter silently drowns in her own guilt, secretly believing she caused her mother's death. Only her five-year-old, full of innocence, can sense her presence. Although limited by her family's grief and lack of faith, Maggie is determined to keep a sacred promise and save her family before her second chance runs out.

Where to begin?  I just finished this book at the last stretch of the last minute because … life.  You know that is such a valid excus-reason for everything that goes sideways when you have a perfectly planned out blog schedule.  If it helps at all I am super disappointed in myself.  This book was so very amazing that I wish there was more time to savor it.  I mean, I own the book so that’s totally a thing that can happen, but I wanted to languish through the pages and just absorb the emotions and feelings and experiences of this family.

I wasn’t overly sure what I was thinking when I signed up to review this book.  Don’t get me wrong the premise intrigued me.  The cover image was breathtaking, even it if was purple.  I just wasn’t 100% sold but I knew that not reading the book was not optional.  I’m gonna be honest.  I started the book with a sinking feeling since I knew what was going to happen.  I savored each little tell, each morsel up to the moment I knew was coming.  Please, you’ve read the synopsis you know it happens!  From that moment I was invested.  There was no turning back.  I was all in.  My heart was tied to this family.

For the love of gravy I am struggling with this review.  I want to tell you so many important things.  But those things will possibly spoil this book for you.  That can’t happen.  Set in a foundation of faith with a heap of love on one side and a toss of grief on the other this book carries you through with this family as they lose their anchor (mom/wife) and discover each other.  While also showing what it might be like on the other side, gone and watching your family flounder through.  I’ve never read this author before but I have to say I’m impressed and I’m on board with reading more by her.  This is definitely one that I could recommend for basically everyone.  Grief is not one size fits all.  Faith isn’t either. This book gives you a different look at both.

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About Karen Sargent

Karen Sargent

Karen Sargent creates characters whose imperfect faith collides with real-life conflicts, taking readers on a journey through grace and redemption to discover enduring hope. A romantic element is woven within each story. In addition to writing inspirational novels, she blogs at The MOM Journey, where moms aren’t perfect and that’s perfectly okay.

Her writing has been featured in Guidepost’s Angels on Earth magazine and on ForEveryMom.com and ModernSimplicity.org. Karen has a B.S. in English-Secondary Education and an M.A. in Teaching Rhetoric and Composition from Southeast Missouri State University. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, the Missouri Writers’ Guild, and the SEMO Writers’ Guild.

When she’s not writing, she teaches high school and college English and resides in the beautiful Arcadia Valley with her husband and daughters.

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