Tuesday, June 29, 2021

BUTTERFLY COTTAGE by Carrie Fancett Pagels, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

Butterfly Cottage in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is a summer retreat for Dawn, her daughter Tamara and granddaughter Jaycie. Mackinac Island is a magical place to explore and find respite for the summer. Told in alternating voices of the three generations, the story is realistic. The characters are drawn from real life circumstances and they have real life consequences.
Dawn has a solid faith and an enduring relationship with her husband who will soon join her after rehab is finished on his recent surgery. Tamara has a health concern that she is keeping under wraps in order to enjoy being with her family. Jaycie has finished an internship and is contemplating her next career step.
I really enjoyed the development of the characters and the long history of the other inhabitants of the area.
Mackinac is a magical place. I loved all the references. It reminded me of a trip I took there many years ago. There was a touch of whimsy that fit nicely into the story. The book tackled some serious issues but the theme was look to God, listen to Him and rely on Him to see you through.
A wonderful story that I will re-read when I want to re-visit Mackinac Island.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.* I give this 5 stars and a solid faith thread.

BackCover Blurb:
Life-changing journeys begin when three generations of women unexpectedly spend a summer at the family’s Straits of Mackinac cottage. Three generations of women unexpectedly head out to the family’s cottage at the Straits of Mackinac for a small-town Michigan summer together. Jaycie begins an archeology internship on Mackinac Island. Her mother, Tamara, takes a break from teaching kindergarteners. And her grandmother, Dawn, struggles with a decision to sell her successful travel agency and possibly retire. 

Each has her own journey to pursue during this short respite time from “normal” life. One of them has a secret that will change all of their lives. Can she make this one special summer to remember or will all be devastated? Faith for family and friends will be tested, with some finally able to put the past behind them and begin anew. (Set in 2018, pre-Pandemic.)

Available in digital ebook at Amazon, May 2021


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