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To keep devastating family secrets from being revealed, a young mother lies, but her secrets 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 singl To keep devastating family secrets from being revealed, a young mother lies, but her secrets 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?


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To keep devastating family secrets from being revealed, a young mother lies, but her secrets 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 singl To keep devastating family secrets from being revealed, a young mother lies, but her secrets 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?

30 review for The Memory of Butterflies

  1. 5 out of 5

    Susan Peterson

    The Memory of Butterflies is a beautiful, heartfelt, poignant book that left me in tears at the end. I was emotionally invested in this book from the very first page. Hannah is a single mom, trying to do the best she can every day for her daughter Ellen. But Hannah, like her mother and grandmother before her, has made questionable choices, hidden the truth from the people closest to her, and closed herself off to anyone but her daughter. Now, as the lies begin to unravel, Hannah must make sure t The Memory of Butterflies is a beautiful, heartfelt, poignant book that left me in tears at the end. I was emotionally invested in this book from the very first page. Hannah is a single mom, trying to do the best she can every day for her daughter Ellen. But Hannah, like her mother and grandmother before her, has made questionable choices, hidden the truth from the people closest to her, and closed herself off to anyone but her daughter. Now, as the lies begin to unravel, Hannah must make sure that Ellen doesn't repeat the mistakes of the past, but by doing so, she risks losing the love of the person that she loves most in the world. I loved the characters in this book....Hannah, Ellen, Gran, and the rest are such loving, flawed characters...people who are willing to sacrifice their own happiness to ensure that their loved ones are happy, secure, cherished. I loved the role that butterflies have in this book, the themes they represent, that all play a huge part in this story. The heart and soul of this story is the love a mother feels for her child; how, no matter what the consequence for herself, a mother makes choices for her child from the moment life begins to stir inside of her, always doing so with the best intentions, and nothing but the purest of love in her heart. I hope that other readers will love this story and characters as much as I do. This book would be an excellent book club selection, with so many events, choices, and themes to discuss! I received a copy of this book from the author, but all opinions are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christine Nolfi

    Brimming with heart-rending choices, The Memory of Butterflies celebrates the unshakeable bonds of parental devotion in an uplifting tale of love’s ability to heal the deepest wounds and silence the darkest regrets. Highly recommended.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Blanchard

    As I sit here unable to breathe and with tears running down my face, I hope that I can give this book the review that it deserves. This is a story about love, loss, lies and truth, but also so much more. It is about the courage to go on and spread your wings, like that of the butterfly. This is such an exquisite book and you will feel so much emotion. You will laugh and you will most definitely cry. This is one of those books that make you feel. You are there. Your life is immersed in these char As I sit here unable to breathe and with tears running down my face, I hope that I can give this book the review that it deserves. This is a story about love, loss, lies and truth, but also so much more. It is about the courage to go on and spread your wings, like that of the butterfly. This is such an exquisite book and you will feel so much emotion. You will laugh and you will most definitely cry. This is one of those books that make you feel. You are there. Your life is immersed in these characters. This is the story of Hannah, Ellen and Gran, along with a few secondary characters. This is a book about life and the choices we make, good or bad, they are the choices that we choose given the situations at hand. The characters are rich with life and are very real in your heart. It is at once heart wrenching and heartwarming. It will grab onto your heartstrings and not let go. This is a book to remember. The flow is as effortless as Cub Creek where most of the book takes place. It is extraordinary reading. The dialogue is true to life and rich in detail. The vividness of the surroundings is astounding. You are there. You can hear the birds singing and see the butterflies flitting about. I highly recommend this book. It is a very good read. I will leave you with two quotes that touched me with their authenticity. "Hope could uplift, but it could also hurt. One never understood how painful hope could be until the last shred of it was ripped away." "Because that's what life was--a series of changes, some painful but sometimes garnering a greater beauty despite the pain."

  4. 4 out of 5

    Farrell

    I literally could not even get through the first chapter. Single mom who had her baby at 19; that child is now going off to college. Mom owns pottery store but can somehow afford to build a giant house on her family's old property. Her 'secret past' will sure to be revealed soon and I'm confident it will be something every reader saw coming; and don't get me started on the flirty but restrained relationship with the home builder. I literally could not even get through the first chapter. Single mom who had her baby at 19; that child is now going off to college. Mom owns pottery store but can somehow afford to build a giant house on her family's old property. Her 'secret past' will sure to be revealed soon and I'm confident it will be something every reader saw coming; and don't get me started on the flirty but restrained relationship with the home builder.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Tort

    I just do not understand the high rating on this novel!! Contrived and predictable plot about selfish, miserable people. Skip this one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    Secrets have a way of coming out--and the longer you keep them, the deeper the repercussions. As Hannah prepares to send her daughter Ellen off to college, she begins rebuilding her childhood home, opening the door to the revelation of long-buried secrets that threaten the foundation of her family life. Hannah must decide whether to sacrifice herself to protect those she loves. Grace Greene has created a world that the reader will picture vividly. Some scenes will make you weep, and there are so Secrets have a way of coming out--and the longer you keep them, the deeper the repercussions. As Hannah prepares to send her daughter Ellen off to college, she begins rebuilding her childhood home, opening the door to the revelation of long-buried secrets that threaten the foundation of her family life. Hannah must decide whether to sacrifice herself to protect those she loves. Grace Greene has created a world that the reader will picture vividly. Some scenes will make you weep, and there are some good surprises in the story as well!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    I enjoyed listening to the audio version of THE MEMORY OF BUTTERFLIES written by Grace Greene and narrated by Brittany Pressley. Brittany Pressley's voice seemed to express the moods and "headspace" each character was experiencing at that particular time in the story. The title drew my attention to this book, and the plot, setting and characters quickly drew me in. To keep a devastating family secret from being revealed, a young mother's desperate lies could end up destroying everything and ever I enjoyed listening to the audio version of THE MEMORY OF BUTTERFLIES written by Grace Greene and narrated by Brittany Pressley. Brittany Pressley's voice seemed to express the moods and "headspace" each character was experiencing at that particular time in the story. The title drew my attention to this book, and the plot, setting and characters quickly drew me in. 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 is 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 by fire more than a decade ago. Hannah's 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? I hope to "read" more books by Grace Greene and performed by Brittany Pressley. 4.4 GoodReads stars Thanks to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for a digital ARC of this book even though I chose to listen to the audiobook version of this beautiful well-written novel.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shalini

    One lie told to oneself and proven to the world again by lies, can be like a rolling stone which keeps on getting bigger and bigger till it destroys everyone in its path… That’s the basic story line… This is a story about a mother Hannah and her daughter Ellen and their life from birth till the present. There is mystery, there are secrets, there are relationships, missing babies, dead babies, and a town which allows the past to remain where it is. Grace Greene has written this story with a lot o One lie told to oneself and proven to the world again by lies, can be like a rolling stone which keeps on getting bigger and bigger till it destroys everyone in its path… That’s the basic story line… This is a story about a mother Hannah and her daughter Ellen and their life from birth till the present. There is mystery, there are secrets, there are relationships, missing babies, dead babies, and a town which allows the past to remain where it is. Grace Greene has written this story with a lot of sensitivity, taking care to bring home the caring and closeness between family members. With all the above sub plots in the story, Grace has brought to the forefront the biggest emotion— LOVE. Love between a mother and daughter and love between grandparents and granddaughter. I can write about the pros and cons of the story and make a great review. But I cannot hide from a basic fact, universal truth about a mother‘s love, that she sacrifices everything for her child, to protect her child, even from the truth about herself. And sometimes fate delivers such twists and turns, that it brings the same loving mother to the crossroads of life, where she cannot help but choose the path which is pure love for her daughter even if the path is morally wrong, just to keep her child from getting hurt. There is so many layers in this story that one is pulled deeper into the life of the mother, Hannah, and I give full credit to the author Grace Greene for drawing this emotion out. It is very rare that an author can show a mother’s love via her words but Grace has done it so beautifully here.

  9. 4 out of 5

    ~Teresa

    This book started out great and grabbed me immediately. However, it didn’t continue to keep me interested I’m sorry to say. I know I’m in the minority here with my 3 Star review. It was a very slow read for me and I had to make myself keep reading and not just flip to the end. The book starts in the present time when we meet Hannah and her teenage daughter, Ellen. They are preparing for Ellen to graduate high school and head off to college while Hannah is planning to move back to her family’s acr This book started out great and grabbed me immediately. However, it didn’t continue to keep me interested I’m sorry to say. I know I’m in the minority here with my 3 Star review. It was a very slow read for me and I had to make myself keep reading and not just flip to the end. The book starts in the present time when we meet Hannah and her teenage daughter, Ellen. They are preparing for Ellen to graduate high school and head off to college while Hannah is planning to move back to her family’s acreage and build a home. We are then taken back in time to when Hannah was a child growing up and move through her life and back to the present. The present is cracking and crumbling. Hannah’s parents and her grandparents lived a life of lies. Hannah’s entire childhood and upbringing was a lie and her daughter’s life is coming undone because of the secrets and lies. Ellen is the innocent bystander and her life is being destroyed one piece at a time. I am a lover of family drama, some of my favorite books to read involve family relationships. I was excited to read this story and wish I had enjoyed it more, however I remain excited to read another offering by this author.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Powerful thought provoking and emotional story!! Many issues ran throughout the story, such as: loss and grieving, secrets, deceit, choices. family issues, fear to love, forgiveness, lies, friendship, personal growth, transition, truth, faith and love. Hannah Cooper's life starts in Cooper’s Hollow which is located along Virginia’s beautiful and rustic Cub Creek. It is here where she makes choices that will keep her aloof from others until the point where she must wipe the slate clean. Her life as she Powerful thought provoking and emotional story!! Many issues ran throughout the story, such as: loss and grieving, secrets, deceit, choices. family issues, fear to love, forgiveness, lies, friendship, personal growth, transition, truth, faith and love. Hannah Cooper's life starts in Cooper’s Hollow which is located along Virginia’s beautiful and rustic Cub Creek. It is here where she makes choices that will keep her aloof from others until the point where she must wipe the slate clean. Her life as she knows it, love, and happiness are on the line. What choice will she make this time? Intricately woven story creates an utterly believable storyline that will keep the reader engrossed up to the last page. The deep characterization will allow the reader to loose themselves in these characters. You will be sympathetic to their situation or plight. The characters were well fleshed, well developed plus very realistic. They were broken people with secrets past trying to keep them hidden. You will accompany them on their road to freedom, independence and redemption. The fluid description will put the reader as a part of the story. The running water of the creek, the field of butterflies, the family cemetery, working with clay to form treasures, city living versus country living are so deftly defined to warm the heart with wonderment. I will always think of the contents of this book whenever I see a butterfly? Overall good development with superb creative writing and colorful detail. This story will stay with the reader long past the final word. It is a keeper. I volunteered to read The Memories of Butterflies. Thanks to the author via Net Gallery for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Agnes (BookBubbe)

    Hannah Cooper's life has been one big lie. But we all know what happens with lies....they seem to roll into one giant ball that doesnt stop until the lie comes out into the open. Hannah has had many losses, - her parents, her grandfather, her baby and she only has her grandmother left. She refuses to go to college and leave her, so she undertakes the care of her. Especially when she becomes pregnant...thinking the 3 of them can live happily. But things dont go right for Hanna and she continues t Hannah Cooper's life has been one big lie. But we all know what happens with lies....they seem to roll into one giant ball that doesnt stop until the lie comes out into the open. Hannah has had many losses, - her parents, her grandfather, her baby and she only has her grandmother left. She refuses to go to college and leave her, so she undertakes the care of her. Especially when she becomes pregnant...thinking the 3 of them can live happily. But things dont go right for Hanna and she continues to get tangled in a web of her own lies. Only after her grandmother passes, and Hanna returns to her birth home do all the lies start to surface....and she finds herself willing to sacrifice everything for her family. A wonderful story of life and love and what a mother will do for her family.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Karen McQuestion

    This is one of those books that's quietly intriguing. It pulls you along and you think you've got the events of the story all worked out, but you don't (at least I didn't--I have no idea why I've lapsed into third person here). The ending was resolved well, but not too neatly. As an adoptive parent, I did have a slight quibble with the attitude of one of the characters, but I can admit this is probably something that wouldn't bother most other readers. The novel kept me up late one night because This is one of those books that's quietly intriguing. It pulls you along and you think you've got the events of the story all worked out, but you don't (at least I didn't--I have no idea why I've lapsed into third person here). The ending was resolved well, but not too neatly. As an adoptive parent, I did have a slight quibble with the attitude of one of the characters, but I can admit this is probably something that wouldn't bother most other readers. The novel kept me up late one night because I had to keep going right to the end, which is no small thing. This was the first Grace Greene novel that I've read and it won't be my last.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Booksandchinooks (Laurie)

    I was given a free digital copy of this book from Netgalley and AmazonPub for an honest review. This is a book about love and family. The main characters in the book are Gran, Hannah, and Ellen. The story spans roughly 18 years. Hannah and her daughter are preparing for Ellen's upcoming graduation and move to college. As the story unfolds we learn about secrets, mistakes, and decisions members of the family have made through the years. We follow along with Ellen's childhood and as she grows olde I was given a free digital copy of this book from Netgalley and AmazonPub for an honest review. This is a book about love and family. The main characters in the book are Gran, Hannah, and Ellen. The story spans roughly 18 years. Hannah and her daughter are preparing for Ellen's upcoming graduation and move to college. As the story unfolds we learn about secrets, mistakes, and decisions members of the family have made through the years. We follow along with Ellen's childhood and as she grows older more family secrets and the reasons for them start to be known. The characters are wonderfully written. The story is well paced and you are completely transported into their lives and surroundings. This author is new to me and I would like to read more from her. If you like stories about families this is a book you should read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    C.E. Hart

    “The workmen, and anyone else who came here, should tread carefully and respectfully among my memories and my past. And not judge me.” The Memory of Butterflies is a story that leaves you breathless. One in which, upon reading the last page, makes you reluctant to leave the people, emotions, and exquisite setting you’ve sunk into. Definitely a five-star read. Grace Greene is a new-to-me author, and I’m so touched by her writing. She is a talented storyteller, evoking so many reactions and emot “The workmen, and anyone else who came here, should tread carefully and respectfully among my memories and my past. And not judge me.” The Memory of Butterflies is a story that leaves you breathless. One in which, upon reading the last page, makes you reluctant to leave the people, emotions, and exquisite setting you’ve sunk into. Definitely a five-star read. Grace Greene is a new-to-me author, and I’m so touched by her writing. She is a talented storyteller, evoking so many reactions and emotions out of me. And wowza—what a gorgeous cover! This story displays the intricacies of life and love. Though we often think of things as right or wrong, good or bad, black or white—oftentimes our lives intermingle within the gray areas. I won’t describe the stories events, twists, or revelations that kept me turning the pages. What I will reveal is this story kept me up late, took me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, and pricked and stirred my soul. A Memory of Butterflies is a memorable mother and daughter love story that moved me and inspired me to see others—their faults, circumstances, and choices—in a new and brighter light. It’s a lovely, stimulating tapestry of family, home, love, discovery, and redemption. Five HUGE stars! Cover: LOVE Title: LOVE Pages: 290 Publisher: Lake Union Publishing ISBN: 978-1542045674 First Lines (Chapter One): “I always knew Ellen and I would become separated one day. Not forever, of course, but time moves on, and children grow up.” I received an ARC of this book from the author and NetGalley.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Hannah was the most unlikable character I've ever read in a book. Was I supposed to feel sorry for her? Admire her? Root for her? Push her down a flight of stairs? The daughter was equally annoying. One bad decision after another...both of them. The grandmother too. Petty, but I disliked the names used for the grandparents, Grand and Gran... Too similar and confusing. And the writing... OMG the writing.... JUST SPIT IT OUT!!!!!! I don't need a flowery description of everything, on repeat! I ende Hannah was the most unlikable character I've ever read in a book. Was I supposed to feel sorry for her? Admire her? Root for her? Push her down a flight of stairs? The daughter was equally annoying. One bad decision after another...both of them. The grandmother too. Petty, but I disliked the names used for the grandparents, Grand and Gran... Too similar and confusing. And the writing... OMG the writing.... JUST SPIT IT OUT!!!!!! I don't need a flowery description of everything, on repeat! I ended up glossing over paragraphs of descriptive narrative so I could get through this book. I could not wait for this book to be over. I kept glancing at my progress, like waiting for 5:00 on a Friday afternoon. Also, the story line was not inspired. It was boring and bland and had nothing compelling that warranted Hannah's life choices and overly dramatic reactions. And the guy interest...ugh... The whole book... UGH!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dixie

    Wow! This is one emotionally enveloping read! Ms. Greene drew this reader firmly into Hannah's inner whirlwind! Her surroundings and her life were described so well that I could see the landscape and feel the calmness of the Cub Creek wilderness, while at the same time vicariously experiencing the tremendous highs and lows brought about by circumstances and the choices made by Hannah, her grandparents, and others in the community. You know you've been touched by a book when you have to explain to Wow! This is one emotionally enveloping read! Ms. Greene drew this reader firmly into Hannah's inner whirlwind! Her surroundings and her life were described so well that I could see the landscape and feel the calmness of the Cub Creek wilderness, while at the same time vicariously experiencing the tremendous highs and lows brought about by circumstances and the choices made by Hannah, her grandparents, and others in the community. You know you've been touched by a book when you have to explain to your husband, "Nothing's wrong. It's the part of the book where you're supposed to cry." Well done, Grace. Well done. I voluntarily read an advanced review copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley. I offer my honest opinion in response.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Margie Shaw

    I received an ARC of Grace Greene's novel The Memory of Butterflies in exchange for an honest review. It's a very emotional story based on loss, sacrifice, secrets and lies, but mostly on love. It's about family, and what we do to protect those we cherish most. I think anyone who is a parent can relate to what Hannah, the main character, goes through. This story stuck with me long after I was finished reading. I just kept thinking about what I would have done had I been in her situation. I reall I received an ARC of Grace Greene's novel The Memory of Butterflies in exchange for an honest review. It's a very emotional story based on loss, sacrifice, secrets and lies, but mostly on love. It's about family, and what we do to protect those we cherish most. I think anyone who is a parent can relate to what Hannah, the main character, goes through. This story stuck with me long after I was finished reading. I just kept thinking about what I would have done had I been in her situation. I really enjoyed reading it and would rate it at 5 stars. It just might be Grace Greene's best work yet!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Romi

    How does a book get such an incredible rating and make me want to cry bc the writing is so so bad? I never understood when this happens. I usually agree with goodreads ratings but I allowed myself to stop this book at 28% the writing was painful and the dialogue lol stilted. What the heck?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Not a bad read, but talk about piling bad choices on top of bad choices! My biggest issue with this book is how anyone could forgive the protagonist’s stupidity.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pippa Ainsworth

    I so enjoyed this book. I know it's a good one when I go to bed early 'to read just one more chapter' and I'm still there two hours later finishing a novel, as I just could't put it down until then. The Memory of Butterflies was one of those for me. I loved it. Set in rural Virginia, we meet Hannah, her daughter Ellen and Hannah's Gran, Clara. The three are completely enmeshed in each other's lives, living in the isolated family homestead. The house is a part of Hannah and her Grandmother but the I so enjoyed this book. I know it's a good one when I go to bed early 'to read just one more chapter' and I'm still there two hours later finishing a novel, as I just could't put it down until then. The Memory of Butterflies was one of those for me. I loved it. Set in rural Virginia, we meet Hannah, her daughter Ellen and Hannah's Gran, Clara. The three are completely enmeshed in each other's lives, living in the isolated family homestead. The house is a part of Hannah and her Grandmother but there has been tragedy there, and there are secrets in the walls. These only increase as Hannah leaves High School and gives birth to Ellen. There are two narrative lines in the book, the present day where Hannah has moved away from Coopers Hollow but is continuously drawn back there, and the early years of little Ellen. Both are compelling but it's the latter which really grabbed me. The later part of the book, when the stories come together is beautifully written and 'real, there aren't any magic wands waved, just people trying to find their way back to each other after devastating revelations. Greene writes extremely well. Her descriptions of Coopers Hollow and Hannah's pottery, and the importance of both to her are key and well realised. When tragedy hits Hannah, I found the heart wrenching sadness of the words almost hard to read. Ostensibly this is another mum/daughter conflict novel but the secrets and the realisation of them set it apart. I would really recommend it. A NetGalley read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)

    The Memory of Butterflies is a unique and hauntingly beautiful story. I was slowly drawn in and the details put me straight in the Hollow along with Hannah. I could picture the house, the cabin where she did her sculpting, and the river that flowed out back. Hannah and her grandparents led a pretty secluded life out in the Hollow, I could hardly imagine living so alone and away from everyone and everything. And the secrets that are hidden, there were so many secrets! Greene took me on an emotion The Memory of Butterflies is a unique and hauntingly beautiful story. I was slowly drawn in and the details put me straight in the Hollow along with Hannah. I could picture the house, the cabin where she did her sculpting, and the river that flowed out back. Hannah and her grandparents led a pretty secluded life out in the Hollow, I could hardly imagine living so alone and away from everyone and everything. And the secrets that are hidden, there were so many secrets! Greene took me on an emotional roller coaster ride throughout the book, from the highest highs to the lowest of lows; I have not felt so many different emotions while reading a book in a very long time. There was one part where I was crying tears along with Hannah, my heart was suffering right along with her. There were points where I would question decisions she made, I felt so completely a part of this story. This is not your typical book at all. If you want something that makes you feel and think, then this is definitely the book for you. I received a copy of this book via netgalley.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura-Lynne Smith

    This book was very satisfying. As the story progressed I found myself getting worried for Hannah & how the consequences of her decisions could come back to burn her in a horrible way. The ending was excellent and tied up the story well but left enough open for the reader to imagine how the story might continue. There were lessons of forgiveness, family loyalty, mental illness & its effects, and many others. Gran, Hannah, Ellen, Liam & Roger made this a wonderful story that I'm so glad I had the This book was very satisfying. As the story progressed I found myself getting worried for Hannah & how the consequences of her decisions could come back to burn her in a horrible way. The ending was excellent and tied up the story well but left enough open for the reader to imagine how the story might continue. There were lessons of forgiveness, family loyalty, mental illness & its effects, and many others. Gran, Hannah, Ellen, Liam & Roger made this a wonderful story that I'm so glad I had the chance to read. Thank you to NetGalley for the chance to read this great book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine Davis

    Not bad at all.... it begs the question... what would you have done?

  24. 5 out of 5

    RoseMary Achey

    An entertaining read but not a book I would recommend to a serious reader. This novel dealt with a couple weighty topics-SIDS and an abandoned baby but the writing was somewhat improbable. I continually question how such a smart young woman would make such poor decisions. In addition, many of the book's conflicts were resolved with unrealtic ease. An entertaining read but not a book I would recommend to a serious reader. This novel dealt with a couple weighty topics-SIDS and an abandoned baby but the writing was somewhat improbable. I continually question how such a smart young woman would make such poor decisions. In addition, many of the book's conflicts were resolved with unrealtic ease.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Tucker

    A wonderful story of love, loss, transition and hope. The characters, their secrets and the storytelling all make for an emotional journey, as the reader learns about Hannah and her family. Hannah was raised by her grandparents, after her parents death. As she graduates high school (and is preparing for college) things happen that will alter her future. Her decisions lead to secrets and lies, to protect loved ones. Now, as her daughter is graduating (and heading to college) events unfold and secr A wonderful story of love, loss, transition and hope. The characters, their secrets and the storytelling all make for an emotional journey, as the reader learns about Hannah and her family. Hannah was raised by her grandparents, after her parents death. As she graduates high school (and is preparing for college) things happen that will alter her future. Her decisions lead to secrets and lies, to protect loved ones. Now, as her daughter is graduating (and heading to college) events unfold and secrets are revealed. Hannah wasn't the only one keeping secrets. Will Hannah lose everything? The Memory of Butterflies is a beautiful story, painful at times, yet poignant. I am thankful to NetGalley and the author for allowing me to read a pre-release copy. I highly recommend it!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    It was okay. The problem I had with this book? It felt like it went on forever. There were a lot of plot holes and the characters actions weren't consistent. Hannah was very protective of Ellen, then when Ellen finds out the secret she's been hiding she essentially lets her daughter go live with complete strangers she knows nothing about. What the?? What happened there?? She went from refusing to let Ellen be independent and make her own decisions (like driving by herself and getting a tattoo) to It was okay. The problem I had with this book? It felt like it went on forever. There were a lot of plot holes and the characters actions weren't consistent. Hannah was very protective of Ellen, then when Ellen finds out the secret she's been hiding she essentially lets her daughter go live with complete strangers she knows nothing about. What the?? What happened there?? She went from refusing to let Ellen be independent and make her own decisions (like driving by herself and getting a tattoo) to just letting her walk off with a strange man. A man she later finds out lied about serving in the military and was in fact in prison for multiple charges, including drugs and assault! And basically all she said about that was "oh dear, well take care of my daughter". I just couldn't believe it. The story was already a struggle to read and that just ruined it for me. Of course Ellen would be outraged and hurt by the situation, to just denounce her mother, the only woman who has loved and cared for her since she was a toddler, and move in with complete strangers after living with, believing, and calling this woman "mom" for the past 16 years? I don't think so. Ellen went from loving obedient daughter to "idiot teenager" in like two pages. By the end of the book I was so annoyed I couldn't wait to pass it onto someone else.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    Oh my goodness was this book good! So many surprises and secrets that I couldn’t listen to it fast enough. All of the characters were well written and I liked getting to know them. The story took one twist and then another and kept surprising me. I felt a lot of different emotions while listening to this book. Some parts were sad, some were touching, and some were shocking. One of the twists in the book made it a whole lot more interesting than what I was expecting to happen, so I’m glad the autho Oh my goodness was this book good! So many surprises and secrets that I couldn’t listen to it fast enough. All of the characters were well written and I liked getting to know them. The story took one twist and then another and kept surprising me. I felt a lot of different emotions while listening to this book. Some parts were sad, some were touching, and some were shocking. One of the twists in the book made it a whole lot more interesting than what I was expecting to happen, so I’m glad the author took it in that direction. I liked the ending, but would love for the story to continue with a book #2. The book was narrated by Brittany Pressley who did an awesome job. I would like listening to more of her narrations, as well as more books by this author. So glad I decided to get a copy of this book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Noreen

    What a wonderful story! The story begins as Hannah, is on the path to college. She makes a decision that will forever change her future. The author shares a story of family bonds, choices, loss and secrets. Hannah has taken on the roll of single parent and caregiver for her aging Grandmother. Her Grandmother shares a family secret and Hannah has to learn to live with what she's told. Hannah also has been living with a decision she made 15 years ago and it's time she begins to heal and break down What a wonderful story! The story begins as Hannah, is on the path to college. She makes a decision that will forever change her future. The author shares a story of family bonds, choices, loss and secrets. Hannah has taken on the roll of single parent and caregiver for her aging Grandmother. Her Grandmother shares a family secret and Hannah has to learn to live with what she's told. Hannah also has been living with a decision she made 15 years ago and it's time she begins to heal and break down the walls surrounding her heart. I received a copy of this story from the author and NetGalley and this is my personal honest opinion.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    A quick read but mostly implausible characters and dangerously independent to the point of stupidity. This educated woman who was bound for college shuns going to the doctor when she gets pregnant, believes in this whole self-sufficiency to the point that she is an outcast and makes her daughter one as well. That certain major events happened that were public knowledge but that people never found out about until actually being told? That the characters never do anything wrong and are always well A quick read but mostly implausible characters and dangerously independent to the point of stupidity. This educated woman who was bound for college shuns going to the doctor when she gets pregnant, believes in this whole self-sufficiency to the point that she is an outcast and makes her daughter one as well. That certain major events happened that were public knowledge but that people never found out about until actually being told? That the characters never do anything wrong and are always well meaning and everyone is decent and hard working and trustworthy on the inside.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susan P

    Three stars because the author is a good writer, but I didn’t like the book. Lies, lies, and more lies. Every generation of this family lies; but what’s even more ridiculous is that they get by with all these lies in this little town, and we're supposed to like these characters. I was disgusted that the protagonist in the story seemed to have no conscience unless she got caught in the lies and then didn’t really need to face the consequences of her actions. Three stars because the author is a good writer, but I didn’t like the book. Lies, lies, and more lies. Every generation of this family lies; but what’s even more ridiculous is that they get by with all these lies in this little town, and we're supposed to like these characters. I was disgusted that the protagonist in the story seemed to have no conscience unless she got caught in the lies and then didn’t really need to face the consequences of her actions.

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