I Believe In Butterflies is a resonating story told through the insightful voices of three women navigating life and love.
Seventy-six-year-old Emma Lee Baker has lived a seemingly ordinary life near the banks of Thomas Bay, but a shocking discovery turns her ordinary life into something altogether extraordinary.
Honour Blue Baker is the polar opposite of her gentile mother. There are only two things in life she fears: her past and the idea of falling in love. Those fears come full circle when she returns to Barrow County to visit her mother, never knowing that her journey home will become a journey of a lifetime.
Twenty-three-year-old Lorraine has hedged her bets on three things: love, butterflies, and the fact that she's a white woman. When she discovers that her long-held beliefs are nothing more than fallacies, all she's held dear is shattered. The hard truths force her to seek out a fresh start - far from the life she thought she knew - but that new life will not be without its share of perils.
~ My Review ~
This story begins with Emma Lee Baker's letter to her daughter, Honour Blue Baker, during her final few minutes on Earth. It then goes back to a few days from an event that changed both of their paths.
Marian L. Thomas breaks down this story by giving us each woman's point of view. We get to see what each woman was thinking about, their view of each of their own heartache, and how they all fit together in the end.
The whole book was littered with little wisdoms and tiny gems that we, as a generation of millennial women, often forget about. We understand that our past can hurt, but we forget it's all behind us, and we get to decide if we want to live anchored to the chains of our past, or choose to only remember the good and wonderful parts of our memories. We know that there is wisdom in old age, but we forget that life needs to be lived, and often with consequences for the youth to understand. This book had the soul of our grandmother's stories, and you can recognize the wistfulness of wanting to change back time, to get back some years....to not have life be full of regrets. Thomas took me on a journey that these three women take, and I believe I am all the wiser for it. I could read the insecurities of my youth through Lorraine. In Honour's words, I could see a life full of regrets. And in Emma Lee's wisdom and brashness, I saw a mama who wanted to protect her child from the world.
She took me on a bittersweet journey of faith, hope, and love that endures in spite of all the barriers we put in its way. There are some encouraging words here about truly believing in yourself, and to look for opportunities where and when you can.
After reading this book, I hope you, dear reader, find some wisdom, and courage about needing to live life without fear, and to chase your dreams. I know I did....but then again, I believe in butterflies.
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I am not required to write a positive one. These thoughts and opinions are my own.
***This book won't be released until MAY 21st, 2017 (paperback), and available on kindle on MAY 14th, 2017.*** To pre order, click on this link.
About the Author
Marian L. Thomas was born in Chicago but enjoyed most of her early teen life in Oak Park, Illinois. Her first book, Color Me Jazzmyne, is a fictional account of a woman who rises up from a troubled past to become a well-known jazz singer. It has attracted many good reviews and is part of a three-book series.
She has also written two standalone novels, Aqua Blue and Blue Butterfly.
Marian will release her third standalone title: I Believe In Butterflies, on May 21, 2017. It is currently available for pre-order in the following formats (Paperback, Hardcover, and Kindle).
Marian lives with her husband in Atlanta, Georgia.
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I use Goodread's rating scale
1 star – didn’t like it
2 stars – it was OK
3 stars – liked it
4 stars – really liked it
5 stars – it was so amazing, it's on my reread pile!