The Butterfly Key

The Butterfly Key

by Andrew Neudecker
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The Butterfly Key 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
mars76 More than 1 year ago
The Butterfly Key is a beautifully written story and I thoroughly enjoyed the tale. Neudecker created a personal story for his wife who was experiencing a loss of faith and reading the prologue and epilogue will make a reader's heart swell. As I read about Christian, Abigail, Alexander and their families, I came to love them - they are endearing characters. Characters that readers will want to aspire to; characters for which readers will root, cry, and rejoice. In addition to the characters, the story itself is one readers won't want to miss. One will find danger, mystery, intrigue, insight, faith, loyalty, and so much more - it really packs a punch. Once I really got into the book, I simply couldn't put it down; I had to know the outcome - all the details. I will note that there were times when the communication between characters seemed oddly formal for instance: use of first names in abundance; sometimes a reader not only can but should infer the participants in a conversation. However, knowing that this tale is a personal one for the author and one he wrote for his wife in a time of faith crisis made me overlook any formalities or other writing style issues I may have found. The story will override anything a reader might notice. Secondly I will note that there are elements of theology here that I do believe, elements I desperately want to believe, and then even others that I just can't fully grab onto. However, once again the story overrides this issue - the author is not preachy or cliché, there are just times I wasn't totally on the same page theologically. Regardless of a reader's stance on religion, theology, or faith, I recommend this book - in a world filled with pessimism and intolerance it offers a quick break - a refreshing glimpse of joy, hope, and fulfillment!
Tracyd223 More than 1 year ago
Definitely one of the best books that I have read this year. Very emotional, moving and inspiring. This is the kind of book that will stay with you for a very long time. I highly recommend to everyone to read this!!!!!!!!
JV-me More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a good book. Someone loaned it to me but I had to have it in my Nook Library so I purchased it after reading it. It was such a display of unselfish love. I'm looking for more stories from this author.
lmnass More than 1 year ago
Never expected this would be as good as it was. Surprising and interesting the whole way through.
JA_Beard More than 1 year ago
Tragedy is one of the constants of human existence. In Andrew Neudecker's The Butterfly Key, the author explores the impact of tragedy on both the relationships between family members and their belief in God. The semi-biographical tale of Nicole provides only a minor bookend to the major events of the book. The bulk of the interior story focuses primarily on young National Guardsman Christian Bryson, his life-long love, Abigail Havily, and their respective families. The novel is competently written and well-edited. The author has a clean writing style, though on occasion slips a bit too much into exposition for my taste, but it's nothing that seriously retracts from the novel. The main strength of this novel is the development of its likable, realistic characters. With one notable exception, every character in this book does feel like someone you might know. They are good people, just trying to make their way through life, that have to confront life's natural tragedies. At the same time, the author doesn't shy away from showing the painful and often hurtful side of tragedy: the blame, the suffering, the lashing out at those close to you. This goes a long way to establishing the members of the Havily and Bryson families as credible human being and allows the author to explore the kind of a love required when a still emotionally unstable family member has to comfort another who is also suffering. Anyone who has ever dealt with family tragedy can instantly identify with the situations that arise in the novel. While I did find the characters interesting, the overall pacing of the novel was somewhat uneven. The initial plot starts out strong with a number of engaging events, but things end up slipping into what comes off as a little bit too slice-of-life to be fully engaging. In an attempt, I think, to maximize the dramatic value of certain events, the timeline of certain events seems slightly off. This results in some plausibility issues early in the novel. In addition, the author spends a bit too much time lingering on certain sections lacking a certain amount of tension. Although some of this was intended, I believe, to set up a greater contrast with some of the later more dramatic events, there was a good stretch in the middle of the novel where things felt a lot more like denouement than rising action despite the specter of certain plot events in the background. Once we get through the slow middle section, a series of incidents again re-injects the plot with dramatic tension and provides a lot of excellent, engaging character interaction. I found myself emphasizing with the characters and their travails, and most importantly, caring about what happened to them. The themes of sacrifice, faith in the face of the tragedy, and love are repeatedly explored, were explored in an engaging way The final few chapters, however, presented a rather surprising and major change in the general tone and character of the plot. Even after thinking about it for several days, I'm still not so sure how I felt about this shift. Though the final chapters were interesting in a way, they also were so different from what had come before, that I felt as if I was totally unprepared for what occurred in them. Arguably, they marked too strong a departure from the expectations that had been raised in the rest of the book. Overall: 3.5 Stars
SheriBaby More than 1 year ago
Along the lines of "The Shack" this story will keep you riveted until the last page!
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SerendiptyKarma More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended to me on my Nook and I fell in love with it. It pulled at all my emotions - love, hate, pain, sadness, joy, it was a tremendous book. I enjoyed every moment of it. I have never cried tears of sadness and joy through out an entire book before. I cannot stop talking about this book and When I finished it I recommended it to about 10 other people immediately. This is one book that I can read over and over - it has made my faith in God stronger. Would love to see it become a movie and would love to see more by this author <3
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peace2pits More than 1 year ago
THIS WAS AN EXCELLENT READ,HAD ME CRYING THE FIRST 10 MINS INTO IT,THEN HOPEFUL THE NEXT. THE READER IS MAGICALLY PULLED INTO THE LIVES OF THESE FASCINATING PEOPLE. I WILL DEFINITELY READ THIS AGAIN. PLEASE PLEASE GET THIS BOOK, YOU'LL THANK ME FOR IT!
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Angela Brown More than 1 year ago
Story seemed too surreal and I could not make the connection between the wife's healing and the story line. Overall story was unusual and hard to follow.