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The Butterfly's Daughter

By: Mary Alice Monroe
Narrated by: Mary Alice Monroe
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Summary

Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of the Lowcountry Summer trilogy, once again touches hearts with her lyrical, poignant, and moving novel The Butterfly’s Daughter!

Every year, the monarch butterflies - las mariposas - fly more than two thousand miles on fragile wings to return to their winter home in Mexico. Now Luz Avila makes that same perilous journey south as she honors a vow to her beloved abuela - the grandmother who raised her - to return her ashes to her ancestral village. As Luz departs Milwaukee in a ramshackle old VW Bug, she finds her heart opened by a series of seemingly random encounters with remarkable women. In San Antonio, however, a startling revelation awaits: a reunion with a woman from her past. Together, the two cross into Mexico to await the returning monarchs in the little village Abuela called home, but they are also crossing a border that separates past from present . . . and truth from lies.

©2011 Mary Alice Monroe, Ltd. (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Dee
  • 28-10-18

Marvelous

This was a marvelous wonderful adventurous book that I am so glad that someone introduced me to.
I started raising butterflies this past spring and this book brought me so much joy and excitement especially about the new butterflies
that will come in the spring of next year.
The narrator is wonderful she made it sound so enjoyable and loving please don't miss this book. What a treasure.

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  • Mary K
  • 16-11-20

Well worth the listen

The story was unusual and yet familiar journey of forgiveness and growth.
I don’t always like the author reading their book Mary Alice did a lovely job— her voice rich and full of feeling

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  • Linda Elkind
  • 06-04-12

Like listening to a Hallmark Card

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing, because the characters lacked depth and the story was not convincing. The best part of the book was the details about Monarch Butterflies.

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  • C. C. betts
  • 18-11-22

Couldn't stop Listening

Great story of love, forgiveness and cultural history! The Narrator pulled me into the story!

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  • J&J
  • 05-11-22

The story just gets better and better

As with most great stories that include multiple characters, the background has to be “set up” before the reader is drawn in. Once you get to know the characters in the Butterfly’s Daughter it’s hard to stop listening. The true & fascinating Migration of the Monarch Butterfly is intertwined in this great book adding extra interest and hooking the reader. Fantastic book!

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  • Audrey
  • 19-10-22

Wonderfully moving!

A very moving poignant tale of a mother and daughters struggles and love And connection as only a mother and daughter can have!

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  • A. Wolf
  • 11-10-21

As beautiful as the Monarch Butterflies

I have enjoyed all of Alice Mary
Monroe’s series. Especially the way she educates
us about the turtle nests. The turtle hospital. I have vacationed in Topsail and have been to the Turtle Hospital on Topsail island,
the Karen Beasley Rescue and Rehabilitation Turtle Hospital. You even put the hospital in one of your books. You have also educated us about ocean birds.

With Butterfly girl you again teach us about the Monarch Butterfly and it’s precious need for Milk weed. But more important you open our eyes to the dangerous journey the Monarch Butterflies go through to the Mountains of Mexico during the winter. How you weave the journey of a young woman trying to find herself and her journey with the Journey of the Monarch. Is just so beautiful. I live in Philly and one year a friend took me to Cape May, NJ. The day was perfect! It was around Sept. 23rd, my Birthday, and we went to the light house. It was one of the most beautiful moments in my life. I watch the butterflies fly past me and the lighthouse and it was a ribbon of color that jumped as caught the Jet stream. It was amazing. I have wanted to go back for many years. Especially cause I want my wife to have the same experience.
Unfortunately the Monarch Butterflies are
In danger. Now they tag the monarchs. When I asked when would be a good time to come to watch the monarchs dice Into the jet stream. They told me it really does not happen like that anymore.

Reading your book Butterfly Daughter brought the experience of watching the Monarchs back to me.

It is a beautiful and well written story. You get absorbed and you never want it to end!!


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  • Wendy
  • 06-08-21

Such a Beautiful Book

This book is so refreshing, different and unusual. The butterfly theme is interesting and the characters alive

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  • H E Johnson
  • 08-07-19

Great book about women.

I read the book but it was a joy to listen to it. I loved the relationship and how they were developed.

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  • Terry B.
  • 19-06-19

A story of Life!

I loved this book! this is my first Mary Alice Monroe book. I knew I wanted to start with this one because I love butterflies. That's the story of the Monarch butterfly is especially beautiful and unique in the butterfly world. In this story follows The amazing Life of a Butterfly from Caterpillar to chrysalis and chrysalis to butterfly - transformation, renewal, resurrection, New beginnings - the story follows all of those with the beauty of the color of Mexico And a young woman who discovers she has family. It's a lovely story of women passing generations of Hope and possibility and promise on to other women who will pass it on to their daughters and other women as well