Remember the Butterfly – Rebecca Marsh

Published By: Purple Angel
Pages: 339
Released On: 10/01/2022

Something unexpected changes the course of Jillian’s life.

After witnessing her sister’s murder, she’s been tormented by survivor’s guilt. Her desperate longing for a child compounds her grief, while endless fertility treatments weigh down her soul.

Just when hope seems beyond her grasp, her dream of motherhood comes true. All Jillian’s pain is washed away and joy fills her heart.

But when someone shows up threatening to take it all away, Jillian must choose between holding on to her new found happiness or giving it all up for the sake of someone she loves.

*****

Thanks to Rebecca for sending me a copy of her book to review.

I couldn’t put this book down at all and read it in less than a day. Rebecca has managed to get to emotional depths few authors manage.

Her handling of the description of grief is possibly one of the most accomplished I’ve read. It is so identifiable for those who have lost someone, so brutal but honest. In a way, it is rather beautiful.

I’m not sure if I’ve physically ever cried at a book before, but I did with this one in several places. There’s such profound moments of heartbreak, but also joy that it’s impossible not to be moved.

There are two main narratives to this book and Rebecca has managed to make it so multi-layered and so intricately woven; there isn’t one narrative I preferred over the other, they complimented each other perfectly.

I find it quite easy to get distracted by other things when reading (unless it’s a really good read) but I think the house could have been knocked down and I’m not convinced I’d notice.

There are some very tough topics mentioned; guilt, grief, domestic abuse, infertility, loss, surgery, and mental health, but they’re not over the top and seem natural. But there is joy here, it’s full of love and hope, sacrifice and faith.

I can’t believe this book hasn’t been snapped up by one of the big publishers and reached the height it thoroughly deserves.

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