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The Butterfly's Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe
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Sep 11, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: adult-fiction, adventure, bugs, courage, friday-night-book-club, friendship, gardening, grief, mexico, relationships, self-reliance, strong-female-character, ecology
Read from September 11 to 18, 2011

When 21 year-old Luz's beloved abuela dies suddenly, she is distraught, yet determined to bring her ashes back to the tiny village in Mexico where she was born. Chugging along in an old orange VW bug which runs more on a wing and prayer than fuel, she shares her journey with three strong, yet decidedly different women...Margaret, a thirty-something woman who is struggling to find a way back to her passion, Stacie, a star-struck Southern girl, and Ofelia, a pregnant teenager running from an abusive relationship.

Luz left Sully, the strong, quiet, solid-as-a-rock boyfriend behind who is against her taking the journey, yet allows her to test her wings. The women are following the journey of the beautiful orange and black Monarch butterflies, as they too, are flying back to their sanctuary in Mexico where their destinies and continuation of species can be realized.

Luz learns a lot about life, her family, and her own determination as she travels the miles between Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Mexico. She meets unexpected surprises, some good, some bad, yet her vision never falters as she makes her way to family and back to those people who loved abuela just as much as she did.

Told with interesting migration facts about the Monarch butterfly, The Butterfly's Daughter is a sweet story of redemption, life's passion, and reconciliation.

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