Butterfly Messages

Butterfly Messages

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by Jamie Elizabeth Tingen
     
 

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"BUTTERFLY MESSAGES IS A RIVETING AND THOUGHTFUL READ THAT SHOULD NOT BE OVERLOOKED"
THE MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

"Butterflies know more'bout living than humans. Jamie Elizabeth Tingen offers readers a tale that will bring tears, smiles and laughter. I truly enjoyed this book. I fell in love with this story and did not want it to

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"BUTTERFLY MESSAGES IS A RIVETING AND THOUGHTFUL READ THAT SHOULD NOT BE OVERLOOKED"
THE MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

"Butterflies know more'bout living than humans. Jamie Elizabeth Tingen offers readers a tale that will bring tears, smiles and laughter. I truly enjoyed this book. I fell in love with this story and did not want it to end. This is a tale you won't want to miss.
READERS FAVORITE- Anne B.

Who wouldn't like a do-over in life...the gift of making the most of a second
chance
One phone call from Ash after 40 years shook her world and life would never
be the same again. This is the dilemma facing Magnolia Gardner Winston after she stumbles upon an old photo of her first love, Ashton Lee Johnson, while packing for her 40th high school reunion. His reappearance into her life forces her to revisit heartbreak and relive the painful and bizarre events from the fateful day on Sugar Mountain when he mysteriously disappeared. Every twist and turn unravels more of the mystery of Mag and Ash's disturbing past, their hidden secrets and...their future. Butterfly Messages is a slice of life story, insightful, tender and seasoned with tidbits of true Southern wisdom making sorrows easier to swallow. The Southern characters are lively and real, as are the life lessons so entertainingly intertwined in this story. You'll laugh, cry and hold your breath waiting to learn the answer to the mystery.
A chance encounter with a wise, old handyman named Scratch delivers a life lesson in how to let go of the past and squeeze all of the juice out of each day. Understanding the importance of living in the moment is a timeless lesson for all.
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A growing number of people who have reconnected with former sweethearts after divorce or the death of a spouse makes this book especially timely and appealing.

While primarily a love story, secrets abound, making the novella an emotionally suspenseful read.

Editorial Reviews

Reader's Favorite - Anne B
I truly enjoyed this book. Jamie Elizabeth Tingen offers readers a tale that will bring tears, smiles and laughter. In my mind's eye I could picture the old cottage and the mountain.

I FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK AND DID NOT WANT IT TO END.
THIS IS A TALE YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS.

REVIEW- READERS FAVORITE
Annette Mardis
Annette Mardis- Media General copy editor, freelance book reviewer/writer and creator of Welcome Readers on Facebook.

"Want to read a bittersweet love story that might have you wondering "what if?" about lost loves? Is it too late for a second chance at love? Will she be able to let go of the past?"
Connie Hartsfield Hammond
I read Butterfly Messages and it made me laugh, cry and hold my breath waiting to learn the answer to the mystery. It has colorful characters, amusing dialog and the possibility of a sequel.
Sadie Gamble
Butterfly Messages, by Jamie Tingen, is a personal reflection of many years ago. In reading it, you wanted to hurry along to discover what is just around the next corner. It is very easy to read, and not so easy to put down, once you are enmeshed in the mystery. Most enjoyable and very well written. I highly recommend it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012907707
Publisher:
Jamie Elizabeth Tingen
Publication date:
06/14/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
178
File size:
339 KB

Meet the Author

FINALIST- The National Indie Excellence Book Awards contest
FINALIST- Reader's Favorite- 5 STARS

Jamie Elizabeth Tingen has played lead roles in little theater and won the Fine Arts Award in Drama from the Florida Federation of Women's Clubs for Alice in Litterland, a skit she wrote, produced and directed for the Tampa Lakes Junior Women's Club. An avid and award winning photographer, she has twice won the Kodak International Newspaper Snapshot Award, and her work has been published in a coffee-table book, Reflections Of Tampa Bay

Her working life has been filled with professional modeling for television and print media, and a career in real estate sales.

Having grown up in Ashland, South Carolina, she now resides near Tampa, Florida.

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Butterfly Messages 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting take on a love story. While I appreciate that this book was fiction, it lost stars because the author attributed every happening to anything BUT God. I would hope that if karma and butterflies could send messages, surely God could. Despite this unfortunate fact, this was a very good story.
segars More than 1 year ago
It was interesting and exciting and I couldn't put it down until I read the whole thing. C. Tripp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story brings alot of things to think about and how you handel them and how you move on with your life and live for today be greatful for what you do have in your life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book following two books I considered 5 star reads, so I was not as impressed as reviewers before me. Not sure if I will recommend as the book left me feeling very sad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A delightful, enchanting Sunday afternoon read….so subtly, so artfully, I must say, more of life’s little lessons in an easy ‘Southern’ dialog, moving the reader, once again, to see oneself and a reminder to not live life forward, projecting what the outcome will be…life has many twists and turns and the outcome can be a marvelous surprise! That’s the way ‘real life’ is…it’s a surprise; just live your very best life each day allowing for opportunities of challenge and the altering direction. I recommend this charming book to readers of all ages, enjoy unveiling yourself in many of the excerpts… then pass it on to your daughters or your granddaughters…sooner or later their lessons will be learned.
PostHereReaders More than 1 year ago
"Butterfly Messages" by Jamie Tingen is a bittersweet love story that will have readers wondering "what if" about sweethearts and circumstances in their past. Annette Mardis Former newspaper reporter and editor; freelance writer and editor
Connie-Hammond More than 1 year ago
Who wouldn’t like a “do-over” in life? Jamie Tingen’s first novel, Butterfly Messages, digs into the whys and what-ifs of such a possibility. It reaches deep down to that soft spot in your soul which longs to recapture the exhilaration of first love but is paralyzed by fear of the pain it could also bring. Every twist and turn unravels more of the mystery of Magnolia Gardner’s painful past, her hidden secrets and…her future. The colorful Southern characters are lively and real, as are the life lessons so entertainingly intertwined in this timeless love story of rediscovery. A must read!
Genaeve1 More than 1 year ago
This was a beautiful love story with just the right amount of "grit" behind it. I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope to read more by the author soon. It was shorter than most books, but in this case I was happy for that because I think a longer novel would have been overkill for the story. This was perfect. Solid 4 star.
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Go to dead and alive result one
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So much for getting this book. Another one ruined by rude selfish, inconsiderate, egotistical plot spoilers.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite “Butterflies know more 'bout living than humans.” Butterflies have a short life span. But they know to make the most of the time they have, and not to look back. Scratch was helping Mag move out of the cottage when he shared that bit of wisdom with her. The cottage just wasn’t the same without Ash. She first met Ash when she was seventeen. Lily, her best friend, accused her of having dreamy eyes for him. When he asked her to marry him she said yes but the next day he disappeared out of her life only to return many years later. He needed her by his side. They had never stopped loving each other but their time together was much too short. I truly enjoyed this book and yet I find it very difficult to share a summary without giving away too much information. Jamie Elizabeth Tingen offers readers a tale that will bring tears, smiles and laughter. Scratch is a secondary character and yet he makes the book. He is uneducated and yet he may be the wisest character in the book. Scratch has a deep wisdom that came from his dad. Mag is a multidimensional character. She carries pain and a secret deep within her. Ash is hard to describe. He never stopped loving Mag but allowed himself to be manipulated. Mag and Ash learned a lesson in this tale: hold on to today and forget about yesterday. In my mind’s eye I could picture the old cottage and the mountain. I fell in love with this story and did not want it to end. While the ending was not the one I wanted, it was a very satisfying ending. This is a tale you won’t want to miss.