The Butterfly Moments

The Butterfly Moments

by S. Renee Bess

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BN ID: 2940012473028
Publisher: Regal Crest Enterprises, LLC
Publication date: 09/10/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 422 KB

About the Author

Renee Bess is a Philadelphia native, and she and her partner reside in a northwest suburb of that city. Renee taught Spanish and French in a city high school for quite a few years. At the age of six, she was captivated by the plot of Dr. Dan The Bandage Man. She subsequently became enamoured of Nancy Drew, the Hardy boys and years later, Celie and Shug. Books became a necessary part of Renees life, and writing became the natural corollary. Breaking Jaie is her second novel. She expects that there are more stories eager to come tumbling forth.

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Butterfly Moments 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
lofft More than 1 year ago
Author Bess has given the reader a sensitive, but unvarnished slice of life not often given the everyday reader. Her characters breathe reality...from tender vulnerabilities to recognizable conflict to deep caring and love. You'll remember the characters and their story long after the last page.
Sage320 More than 1 year ago
The Butterfly Moments calls to mind the philosophical discussion about a butterfly beating its wings in one part of the world leading to a hurricane in another area. There are several events in the book that seem to have no relevance to each other, but eventually everything swirls together around Alana. The coincidences in the book are a little contrived and might have been solved by expanding the story more and disconnecting some of the events. Bess makes it work in the plot though. What makes the book especially appealing is that it deals with mature characters who approach the creation of a relationship that way. Alana and Johnnie don't get sexual three pages after meeting each other. The reader will get the sense that these women have experienced life and know that there's more to being a couple than getting into bed. What happens between them develops in a very realistic manner. Early in the book, Alana is analyzing what she wants and opens with, "At first, I was convinced I wanted to be loved." Then she goes on through several paragraphs to describe in a very evocative manner the way many older women, especially lesbians who don't have partners, feel. The way that Bess develops these characters will remind the reader of people she knows. Rafe, for example, is typical of the child-woman who refuses to admit that she's too old to play the games she can't seem to resist and so she's self-destructive. The Butterfly Moments is a murder mystery, a romance and a study of character development that's very well written. It would be difficult to find more reasons to read a book.