Friday, August 9, 2013

The Butterfly Sister, by Amy Gail Hansen

Ruby dropped out of college just short of graduating.  The reason for her hasty departure has remained a mystery.  After ten months of attempting to heal, Ruby is thrust in the middle of a mystery.  One of the girls that Ruby went to college with, Beth, has turned up missing.  In attempting to help unravel the truth of the situation, Ruby realizes that she and Beth may have more in common than she first realized.

This book.  THIS BOOK!  I have read over 100 books so far this year.  This book?  The best I have read all year.  I am so overwhelmed that I am not even really sure where to start.

The story revolves around Ruby, a woman who has been fractured emotionally.  I really adored Ruby's character.  I found her to be relatable and sympathized with her often.  I think so many of us have been in similar situations at some point in our lives, heartbroken and despairing.  But as I reader, I saw strength in Ruby that did not even realize she possessed.  

Probably the best thing about the book is the writing.  It is luxurious and gorgeous.  The author pulls very heavily from classic female literature, many of my personal favorites, and incorporates the deeper themes in a new, fresh way.  The plot moves quickly, with a lot of twists and turns, and it kept me hooked from the very first chapter.  This is contemporary novel that rivals the classics.  I never anticipated the ending, and I loved every moment of the journey getting there.  I am simply amazed that this debut novel hits it completely out of the park, and I cannot wait to see more from this incredibly talented author.

I received a review copy courtesy of TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review. See the rest of the tour here.

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