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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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  • DD
  • 12-13-17

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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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 !!!!!!!!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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Beautiful and heartbreaking

I know that the crime committed within this storyline is unfortunate but the author's narrative provides a heartwrenching circumstance that allows you to see how this could be possible. I was very happy to see that the ending turned out well.

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Outstanding

Wow, what an outstanding read. This is my first book by Ms. Greene and it won't be my last. This book held my attention from the first few words until the very end. It was one of those that made the reader want to cry in some places and laugh in a few. The book crosses the gambit of emotions - love, pain, happiness, joy and has so many inter-relational situations that the reader simply can't put it down. Absolutely wonderful!

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Very Slow Start

Way too much description. Narrator's voice is scrappy. Took some getting used to. Story doesn't pick up until the 3rd chapter. Gets much better after that.

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  • Elaine
  • Albemarle, NC, United States
  • 09-26-17

One of the Best Books!

Grab the tissues and get ready for the awesome story of a mother's love. I will never forget this one.

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The Memory of Butterflies

Really enjoyed this book. The narrator was real to life and believable. I couldn't believe how she changed her voice to represent the characters.

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Haunting Story of A Mothers Love

Wow I thought I had this plot pegged a few chapters in and I loved the writing and the characters and narrators portrayal and then bam the story changes. And what whopping twists they were, as a parent and granddaughter I can only imagine how this could happen. Don't mistake this book for what it seems, it's a surprisingly dramatic twister couched in a slow southern country tale.

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What a book!

I have never cried because of a book so much! It was amazing story about the love of a mother and her lost and how she makes it through her life. I think it has everything a great book needs.

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  • moniek
  • 12-18-17

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