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Waiting for Butterflies

4.76  ·  Rating Details ·  59 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
A mother's love never ends--not even when her life does.

Longing for her family after her sudden death, Maggie becomes a lingering spirit and returns home where she helplessly witnesses her family's downward spiral in the aftermath of her passing.

Her husband is haunted by past mistakes and struggles to redeem himself. Her teenage daughter silently drowns in her own guilt,
Published April 4th 2017 by Walrus Publishing
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Dawn Smith
Dec 21, 2016 Dawn Smith rated it it was amazing
I was privileged to read a preview copy of Waiting for Butterflies, and LOVED it! This book is very well written and the characters were so realistic, you could imagine what they might look like and feel what they were feeling. It was a great reminder that our faith comes in many shapes and sizes, and we each react so differently to life's circumstances. I found it to be an encouraging read during a time in my life that I really needed it! I am anxious to see other books by this author!
Oh my!! If you want to read a book that grabs your heart and won't let it go, you HAVE to read this book! Very well written, with lots of emotionally charged moments and real-to-life struggles that will keep you turning pages. And despite the tragedy that the story is based on, there is plenty of hope, healing, and miracles as the family learns to lean on each other and God to get them through.

I wasn't sure what to expect from a Christian "ghost" story but I was hooked from the beginning. After
Shirley Davis
Dec 16, 2016 Shirley Davis rated it it was amazing
I loved the book. Well written. Keeps you guessing. Loved the Christian aspect. Cared about the characters, and really hope there's another book coming so I can find out what happens next in all their lives.
Julia Wilson
Mar 29, 2017 Julia Wilson rated it it was amazing
Waiting For Butterflies by Karen Sargent is a most beautiful contemporary Christian novel about a love that never dies. It is a study of grief so beautifully written that the words will penetrate your very soul.
Waiting For Butterflies is a work of fiction showing death is not the end. You cannot kill love. Everyone handles grief differently and needs to work through their grief to find a new type of 'normal.' The family in the novel was "trying to find our way back to normal." There was anger an
Megan Williams
Jan 09, 2017 Megan Williams rated it it was amazing
Waiting for Butterflies was a phenomenal book. Once I started reading, I could not put it down. Karen Sargent does an amazing job at developing each character and providing the readers with a storyline that tugs at your heart strings. This story about Maggie and her husband Sam and their two daughters Olivia and Rachel and how they overcome a difficult situation drew out so many emotions in me. Through this book, she tells a story about a father's love that is incredibly deep and how the family ...more
Dec 10, 2016 Esther rated it it was amazing
This book deals with lots of tough subjects such as grief and forgiveness in a way that draws you in emotionally. The characters connect with you and I started seeing different personalities from my own family in some of them. I found myself thinking about the characters and the story at different times during the day and couldn't wait to get back to them and see how they were. I was very happy with this story and I would read more from this author.
Cathy Miller
Dec 02, 2016 Cathy Miller rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book! It drew me in from the very beginning. I loved the story line and the fact that it was about an ordinary family. I somehow felt connected to this family. Mrs. Sargent did an excellent job of making this story so believable. I would definitely read another book by this author.
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Waiting for Butterflies by Karen Sargent is beautifully written and will most certainly hit you in all the feels. A family trying to pick up the pieces and survive in a new normal after a young mother’s tragic death: a newly-single dad struggling to work past his own grief in order to take care of his girls, a teen in crisis, and an adorable five year old with the sweet faith of a child. And in a twist you don’t see often in Christian fiction, a mother whose spirit lingers with her battered fami ...more
Apr 06, 2017 Sydney rated it it was amazing
Author Karen Sargent has written a stunning and emotionally engaging novel in Waiting for Butterflies. This story deals with raw emotions, dealing with grief, pain, loss, sorrow, healing, love, joy, and family bonds. The family dynamics in this story are absolutely beautiful. Readers will immediately fall in love with the family. And the children characters are fantastic. Bringing a whole new dynamic to this amazing story. Sargent brings to life real-to-life feelings that readers will easily und ...more
Fiction Aficionado
Mar 10, 2017 Fiction Aficionado rated it really liked it
Make sure you have a tissue box handy when you pick this book up—you’ll find yourself reaching for it on more than one occasion as you progress through the story. Karen Sargent has written a heartbreaking, but ultimately healing journey for her characters as they come to terms with the death of Maggie, beloved wife and mother. It’s one I couldn’t help but be drawn into, and I found myself willing these characters to find their way and to reach out to one another—and God—in the process.

Before her
Sandi Ward
Jan 22, 2017 Sandi Ward rated it it was amazing
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.

The story description gives away the fact that Maggie Blake, the mother in this story, dies
Maryann Skaritka
May 25, 2017 Maryann Skaritka rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic book from debut author Karen Sargent. Honestly I couldn't believe how well written this book was and that is was the authors first book.

U was a little apprehensive and wondering how the subject of life after death and being a lingering spirit or ghost like would be handled in the book.

The Blake family is trying to come to grips with the tragic death of wife and mom Maggie Blake. She leaves behind her husband Detective Sam, teenage daughter Rachel and sweet five year old daughter
Mar 03, 2017 Sharee rated it it was amazing
Waiting for Butterflies by Karen Sargent is a deeply touching story of the strength of family and a mother’s love that knows no boundaries.
Ms. Sargent is truly talented in her bringing her characters to life and the story is so well written that I didn’t want to put it down. In a creative and fluid way, she touches several tough topics including adultery, death, cutting and the dangers of technology.
I think one of the best parts of the story development was the teenage daughter, Rachel. Her st
Kim Kendall
Feb 19, 2017 Kim Kendall rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Women of all ages
This well-written story grabbed my heart with its realistic portrayal of the aftermath of a family's tragic loss. While I was initially put off by the idea that a spirit can remain and interact, in a sense, with those still living, the author handled it with sensitivity and grace. We all have ideas about the unknown, but it is just that, unknown, and I could relate strongly to the thought of wanting to continue to influence and connect with loved ones after death in order to help them. I loved t ...more
Laura Marquis
Jan 15, 2017 Laura Marquis rated it it was amazing
Waiting for Butterflies is a real page turner! I truly was drawn to this story and could not wait to turn each page to see what happened next. Maggie is a character that immediately draws you in because everyone can relate to her life and feelings. Maggie seemed to say everything I have thought or said as a mom. Sam’s and Rachel’s everyday struggle were so real and drew you in as a reader as well. I felt very connected to the story, the characters, and the pains and restoration the family went t ...more
Julie Browne
Jan 01, 2017 Julie Browne rated it it was amazing
I was blessed to receive an ARC of Waiting for Butterflies and once I started reading it, the story was all I could think about until I finished!! I marveled at the author's ability to tell the story--- and a good one it is!
The characters are so lovable.... believable... having real struggles and big and small victories! I want more!! It is a loving example of the love of the Father wooing us to him. Gary ended up being quite a surprise, and I ended up in tears in several places. Oh, a mother's
Wanda C
May 06, 2017 Wanda C rated it it was amazing
A beautiful-sad story but well worth the read if you love a hope story. Focuses on family love and how we are more than what we think. Have Kleenex close at hand.

Based on a five-star rating, I give it five stars!
1) Buy from the author in the future? Yes
2) Did it keep me intrigued? Yes
3) Story line adventurous, mysterious, and believable? Yes
4) Would I recommend to a family member/friend? Yes
5) Did my idea of the book based on the cover remain the same after I read the book? Yes. The cover attrac
Feb 20, 2017 JoAnn rated it it was amazing
What an awesome book! I absolutely loved it. Waiting for Butterflies is well written with believable characters. I couldn't put this book down. This was my first book by this author but not my last. I Received an ARC of the book from the author. All opinions stated are my own. I highly recommend this book.
Sarah Wathen
Jun 08, 2017 Sarah Wathen rated it liked it
A well written book. Religious based books are not really my thing. But was nice
Christine Warren
Mar 20, 2017 Christine Warren rated it really liked it
Waiting for Butterflies by Karen Sargent is a pleasant, fast read that kept me wanting to turn the pages. This book offers a lot. Tragedy, sweetness, spiritual reflection, suspense, and surprise. It is indeed a good read.
Vicki Brunk
Mar 14, 2017 Vicki Brunk rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: readers of Christian Fiction
Out of tragedy often we either lose or find ourselves and what we truly believe. This story, although fiction, propels the reader to examine oneself and the legacy we leave for those we love the most.

This story quickly draws the reader into the world of a married couple Maggie and Sam with two daughters Olivia and Rachel who appear to have the perfect life of an average, busy American family. Tragedy strikes and family dynamics rapidly change. Things happen in each person’s life that can’t be e
Ashley Turnbough
Mar 09, 2017 Ashley Turnbough rated it it was amazing
This book is a must-read! From the very first page, I was hooked. Being a wife and mother of two young girls myself, I connected with Maggie, the main character, on so many levels, truly feeling her thoughts, triumphs, and pains. The book continued to tug at the core of my every emotion right down to the last page.

Reading this book should be a priority on everyone's list. I was reminded with every chapter that every day is a blessing, and we are never guaranteed tomorrow. Although God has a pla
Kate Brandes
Feb 07, 2017 Kate Brandes rated it it was amazing
Karen Sargent’s impressive debut novel, Waiting for Butterflies, is a story of hope and healing. Her characters ring true, including a tough and tender dad trying to be an only parent for the first time, a teenage daughter carrying a burden of grief and guilt, her younger sister who believes in possibility in only the way young children can, and a loving mother unable to help her family as they contend with the biggest challenge they’ve ever faced – life without her. One of my favorite things ab ...more
Brittany DeMaria
Jan 11, 2017 Brittany DeMaria rated it it was amazing
I was so lucky to receive an advanced copy of Waiting for Butterflies. This book was amazing! To be honest, it is not the typical Christian fiction, but that definitely does not take anything away from the story! The story goes beyond that: it speaks of love, family, and connections. Karen Sargent’s ability to weave together the different characters and events and still shock you at the end shows her talent. As a new author, I am truly impressed by her ability to use different points of view thr ...more
Renee Rutledge
Jan 09, 2017 Renee Rutledge rated it it was amazing
A poignant story about a family coping with loss. Karen Sargent invites you into the sphere of Maggie, Sam, Rachel, and Olivia so masterfully you quickly settle in and find yourself at home. They are relatable and likable, even at their worst moments. Sam's development and Maggie's execution as a character who lives on past death are convincing and impressive. I recoiled in horror with them as their teenage daughter began to lose her way. This novel rewards you with unexpected surprises. No matt ...more
Toni Erpenbach
Jan 19, 2017 Toni Erpenbach rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put this book down. I was immediately drawn in by Maggie and her family and the conflicts even after death. It showed a interesting view of the fascinating subject of life after death.
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Karen Sargent creates characters whose imperfect faith collides with real-life conflicts, taking readers on a journey through grace and redemption to discover enduring hope. A romantic element is woven within each story. In addition to writing inspirational novels, she blogs at The MOM Journey, where moms aren’t perfect and that’s perfectly okay. When she is not writing, she teaches high school an ...more
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