We all experience grief differently. Our journeys through it are unique.
Karen Sargent shares the story of a family’s ways of grieving their wife and mother.
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, secretly believing she caused her mother’s death. Only her five-year-old, full of innocence, can sense her presence.
Although limited by her family’s grief and lack of faith, Maggie is determined to keep a sacred promise and save her family before her second chance runs out.
A tender portrait of a mother whose love reaches beyond possible, WAITING FOR BUTTERFLIES will embrace your heart and not let go.
Waiting for Butterflies by Karen Sargent
Published by Walrus Publishing (April 4, 2017)
Genre: Literary Fiction/Christian Fiction/Contemporary Fiction
Format: Paperback, 206 pages
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Review of Waiting for Butterflies
Karen Sargent taps into a personal part of life, its end and the aftermath for those missing a loved one, a friend, a colleague. In Waiting for Butterflies, we meet the family of Maggie Blake. Maggie’s end came suddenly and unexpectedly. Left behind are her husband, Sam, and two daughters, Rachel and Olivia.
As you might expect, each of their hearts is broken but in a different way. Sam misses the love of his life, his wife, mother of his children, his helper in life, the woman he talks to each night before the lights go out. Rachel, in her teens, is angry at God for taking her mother away, and at herself for reasons I can’t give away. The younger daughter, Olivia, misses her mama singing to her at night and reading to her. Olivia actually experiences talking with her mother in the days following Maggie’s death.
Family differences always bring a struggle, but imagine three family members grieving the same loss in such different ways. Yet, Sargent manages to weave a fine thread of hope, one of love, and another of expectation throughout these three journeys. In so doing, she gives her readers hope, love, and expectation when it comes to our faith in God who gave up His Son for us. Sargent is not preachy in her sharing the possibilities in believing in a life after this and/or in God. She simply tells the story on her heart as if you were in her kitchen sharing a cup of coffee.
With the turmoil in our country and our government, it was pure joy to pick up a book that made me feel hopeful instead of distressed. A book that shared the joy of a family travelling three different paths through grief to come together in joy when they begin to understand the truth in all that had happened.
Karen Sargent is an exceptional writer. She brings to the page characters who exude reality to a level the reader senses their emotions. Settings are like paintings lavished with air, color, and aroma. The story line maintains rhythm and is well paced. A true joy to read.
Recommended for those who have suffered loss and grief. For those looking at how to walk different paths in one family while grieving the same lost loved one. Suitable for family reading based on parental discretion.
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