From a vineyard in the south of France to the sophisticated city of Paris, Ella Moreau searches for the hope and love she lost as a young girl when her mother abandoned the family. Through a series of secret paintings, her art becomes the substitute for lost love—the metaphor of her life. But when her paintings are discovered, the intentions of those she loves are revealed.
"This story is about the life of a child transported to France to live at her father's winery. This is pre WWII. Then Ella is abandoned by her mother. We follow her thru the growing up years as she blames herself for her mother leaving, for the death of her brother, and any thing else where someone leaves. War comes and eventually she moves to Paris to work on her painting career. Give this book a read. You'll be glad you did." ~ Amazon review.
Winner of the Small Publisher Book of the Year
Winner of the Illumination Award
Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award Finalist
Written for the General Market (G) (I): Contains little or no; sexual dialogue or situations or strong language. May also contain content of an inspirational nature.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In Chasing the Butterfly, debut fiction author Jayme H. Mansfield brings out wonderfully realized imagery and emotion as well as a cast of flawed people, Mansfield's deft style causing the reader to view this story chiefly set in France as its heroine Ella Moreau would: as if through the eyes of an artist. The effects of Ella's mother's abandonment of the Moreau family, the tragedy of World War II, and the pleasures and pains of Ella's growth as a young woman and a gifted painter come through, at times, enigmatically, but effortlessly on the whole. Mansfield weaves together the complexities of human relationships, of love and loss, confusion and hope, as well as the oppression of guilt and the power of forgiveness. On a minor note, I suspect that Remy's theme might have had a more definite impact if a little more time was given to his character before the war instead of mainly after it. Also, as something I find in many novels, it's a bit strange when pronouns for God are sometimes capitalized, sometimes not, unless the inconsistency is intentionally included to reflect characters' different perceptions of Him, which I didn't particularly see to be the case in this novel. This poignant story culminates into an almost impossibly beautiful finish and an affirmation of tried love's capacity, and I wouldn't at all mind reading more from this author in the future. Bravo! ____________ I received a free copy of this book, for which I give my honest review, through Goodreads First Reads.