Waiting for Butterflies by Karen Sargent

Why did I choose this book?

Considering all of the emotional turmoil happening in politics and the news right now, I thought I could use an uplifting story that promises grace and redemption. I appreciate stories that take into account the spiritual life of the characters. Faith is sometimes overlooked in contemporary fiction. Yet characters who have been through tragedy and had their beliefs tested can be compelling to read about.

What is the story about?

The story description gives away the fact that Maggie Blake, the mother in this story, dies unexpectedly. Her family (husband and two daughters) must deal with the aftermath. The mother’s spirit senses that it will be hard for her family to heal, and so she cannot let go—yet. She lingers to try and influence events. 

I worried alongside Maggie as I read about the difficulty her husband Sam has coping as a single father, and the bad choices her teenage daughter Rachel makes as she cannot reconcile the circumstances of her mother’s death. The story is sweet and sentimental at times, yet also raw and real in the depiction of mistakes made by family members both in the past and present.

What did I like best about the story?

If you are a parent, you will find yourself nodding along with Maggie at the times she can only watch and worry about her loved ones. Whether or not you believe in the idea of benevolent angels (or ghosts), I think most readers will have no problem suspending disbelief to imagine Maggie amongst her loved ones, praying for their redemption. I think any parent will be able to relate and find hope in the Blake family story.

You can find Karen's MOM blog here: http://www.karensargentblog.com

2017 Debut NovelSandi Ward