Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Butterfly's Daughter

The Butterfly's Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe


Four very different women embark on a transformational journey that follows the migrating monarchs across the United States to Mexico. The story begins when Luz Avila's grandmother, the local butterfly lady, purchases an old, orange VW bug for a road trip home to Mexico. When she unexpectedly dies, Luz is inspired to take her grandmother's ashes home. In the manner of the Aztec myth of the goddess who brings light to the world, Luz attracts a collection of lost women, each seeking change in their lives. The Mexican people believe the monarchs are the spirits of the recently departed and Luz taps into ancient rituals and myths as she follows the spectacular, glittering river of orange monarchs in the sky to home.

My Thoughts

I started reading this book just as the monarch butterflies were showing up in my yard. It was perfect timing to read this book. Each chapter begins with a tidbit about the monarch butterflies life and journey to their winter home in Mexico. I found it very interesting as I watched the butterflies make a quick stop in my yard on what I imagine is part of that journey.

At the same time Luz, the main character, is on a journey which coincides with the monarch butterflies journey. She is taking her grandmother's ashes to home in Mexico, which is where the butterflies are also heading. Luz meets some interesting characters along the way. Each plays a roll in Luz's growth and journey along the way as do the butterflies.

I enjoyed this book and found the journey of the butterflies and Luz beautifully written. This was my first Mary Alice Monroe novel but won't be my last. She captured my attention with her wonderful details and great characters.

As an added note, the book is also a bargain book on Amazon right now.

I received this book from Gallery Books through Goodreads First Reads Giveaway


  1. I loved this book too! I'm much more aware of butterflies since I finished it.

  2. I haven't read ant of her books that I can remember. Love your review though so I'm going to go check her out!

  3. I loved the review, thank you! And I also loved your wonderful picture of the girl reading among the monarchs for "Read-a Thon!"
    Best to you!
    Mary Alice

  4. Mary Alice-

    Thank you! I really enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more of your books! You've made my day!


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