Official Review: Butterfly by Kathleen Sullivan McDonald

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Official Review: Butterfly by Kathleen Sullivan McDonald

Post by unamilagra » 05 Sep 2019, 22:44

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Butterfly" by Kathleen Sullivan McDonald.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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After years of biding her time in an unhappy and unfulfilling marriage, Bridget leaves her husband when her youngest child turns 18 and strikes out to find herself and her life’s purpose. Her lack of education and her hometown’s poor economy make it difficult for her, and she bounces from place to place until she eventually leaves her family behind in Scotland and finds herself in a beach town in Florida. She feels this is where she belongs, but her isolation from her family causes her to question herself at every turn.

One day, she gets a call that makes her drop everything and jump on the first plane back to Scotland. Her brother has had an accident and is not expected to live much longer. Thankfully, she arrives at his bedside in time to see him before he passes on. Shortly after his death, she notices a butterfly flitting down the hospital hallway. Bridget knows in her heart that the butterfly is a message from her brother. Over the course of the next months and years, Bridget discovers that even when our loved ones die, they never really leave us. If we pay attention to the signs, they might even help us follow the path to who we are meant to be.

Butterfly by Kathleen Sullivan McDonald is a short but powerful novel that is based on the author’s life. Rather than being plot-driven, the book is primarily focused on Bridget’s thoughts, feelings, and growth as a person. Through the book structure, the author carefully crafts Bridget’s persona. The book opens with the fateful day she gets the phone call from home, and then it follows her as she reunites with her family and buries her brother. Then the reader is briefly taken back in time to let the reader in on the background of her life.

The greatest strength of the book is undoubtedly the writing style. The author has used words like a painter uses brush strokes, and the result is a masterpiece. The language is lyrical, and the imagery is exquisite. Bridget’s inner thoughts are worded in such a way that the reader can match her step for step in her journey toward self-discovery. Bridget has the soul of a poet. She is able to find beauty even in sadness, and she can freely trust and find comfort in things that defy logic and understanding. I think everyone could benefit from learning to think a bit more like Bridget.

The only downside to this novel is the lack of professional editing. I noticed dozens of errors, primarily with punctuation, which were a distraction from an otherwise beautiful story. I would have loved to give this book a perfect score, but unfortunately, I must rate it 3 out of 4 stars.

If you are looking for suspense or action-packed plotlines in your novels, Butterfly is not for you. If you love getting inside a character’s mind and heart, or if you appreciate beautifully constructed language, I suggest you give this book a try. I think those coping with the loss of a loved one would especially appreciate this book.

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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 08 Sep 2019, 13:45

I like that this is a book that focuses on the character's inner thoughts and her journey from grief to healing. Thanks for the engaging review!

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Post by Rachel Lea » 08 Sep 2019, 17:33

This sounds like a lovely, poignant story. Hopefully, the punctuation errors will be corrected with another round of editing. Thanks for your review!
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Post by kandscreeley » 08 Sep 2019, 18:11

It's too bad it's not professionally edited because the language sounds flowery in a good way. I'm not sure this one is for me as I usually enjoy a more active story. Glad you enjoyed it, though.
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Post by Miriam Molina » 08 Sep 2019, 21:36

Butterflies are some of the most beautiful creatures. And their life story is full of remarkable lessons. Bridget turned from caterpillar to butterfly after her troubles in the stifling cocoon of her marriage. We can all come out better from our cocoons. This book makes me recall the inspiring "Hope for the Flowers."
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Post by unamilagra » 08 Sep 2019, 21:51

Stephanie Elizabeth wrote:
08 Sep 2019, 13:45
I like that this is a book that focuses on the character's inner thoughts and her journey from grief to healing. Thanks for the engaging review!
Thank you for stopping by!


Rachel Lea wrote:
08 Sep 2019, 17:33
This sounds like a lovely, poignant story. Hopefully, the punctuation errors will be corrected with another round of editing. Thanks for your review!
I hope so too. Thank you for commenting!


kandscreeley wrote:
08 Sep 2019, 18:11
It's too bad it's not professionally edited because the language sounds flowery in a good way. I'm not sure this one is for me as I usually enjoy a more active story. Glad you enjoyed it, though.
I completely understand, this type of book is not for everyone. Thanks for your comment!


Miriam Molina wrote:
08 Sep 2019, 21:36
Butterflies are some of the most beautiful creatures. And their life story is full of remarkable lessons. Bridget turned from caterpillar to butterfly after her troubles in the stifling cocoon of her marriage. We can all come out better from our cocoons. This book makes me recall the inspiring "Hope for the Flowers."
Yes, that is a beautiful way to look at it. I enjoyed her journey, especially since it closely followed that of the author herself. Thank you for stopping by!

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Post by Aubrey janellah » 09 Sep 2019, 07:31

Butterflies is a representation of life. In this book it shows how life it could be. Enjoy rrading it. Get inspires

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Post by unamilagra » 11 Sep 2019, 13:45

Aubrey janellah wrote:
09 Sep 2019, 07:31
Butterflies is a representation of life. In this book it shows how life it could be. Enjoy rrading it. Get inspires
Thank you so much for commenting!

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Post by juliusotieno02 » 12 Sep 2019, 02:30

i like books with well developed characters. The fact that the story is based on the author's life makes me want to read it even more.THANKS FOR SUCH A NICE REVIEW
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Post by Areej Tahir » 12 Sep 2019, 03:30

Okay, this book sounds very interesting but honestly, I can't read a book with too many errors. Hopefully, they will be taken care of! I am glad you enjoyed the book though. A very thorough review.

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Post by kdstrack » 12 Sep 2019, 18:19

It's interesting that the author gives the butterfly a double meaning in her book - a message from her brother, and a picture of how her life changed. She went through many changes in her life. I enjoyed your review. Thanks.

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Post by unamilagra » 13 Sep 2019, 22:09

juliusotieno02 wrote:
12 Sep 2019, 02:30
i like books with well developed characters. The fact that the story is based on the author's life makes me want to read it even more.THANKS FOR SUCH A NICE REVIEW
Thank you so much for your comment!


Areej Tahir wrote:
12 Sep 2019, 03:30
Okay, this book sounds very interesting but honestly, I can't read a book with too many errors. Hopefully, they will be taken care of! I am glad you enjoyed the book though. A very thorough review.
I understand completely. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment!


kdstrack wrote:
12 Sep 2019, 18:19
It's interesting that the author gives the butterfly a double meaning in her book - a message from her brother, and a picture of how her life changed. She went through many changes in her life. I enjoyed your review. Thanks.
Very true, definitely a metamorphosis in multiple ways. Thanks for stopping by!

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Post by Mbrooks2518 » 13 Sep 2019, 22:28

This doesn't seem like a book that I'd be interested in. Great review, though!

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Post by Nivi Gideon » 14 Sep 2019, 02:02

I think we need more stories like this one! It seems appealing to me and I'd love to get a chance to review it soon

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Post by Sarah Tariq » 14 Sep 2019, 06:34

The story is really heart-touching and realistic. Penetrating into the character's soul makes it really interesting. Sometimes, some misperceptions built by others make you feel otherwise for a good person. So, I think we should be careful. Great review. :)
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