The Patron Saint of Butterflies

The Patron Saint of Butterflies

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The Patron Saint of Butterflies by Cecilia Galante, Lydia Rose Shahan, Julie Swenson

Best friends Agnes and Honey live at Mount Blessing, a religious commune. Agnes lives with her parents, and her little brother Benny. Honey, abandoned at birth, stays with Winky, the groundskeeper.

The commune, headed by the charismatic Emmanuel, is orderly, well run. But its hiding a dark secret, a secret discovered by Agnes's grandmother, Nana Pete, on her annual visit. When a medical emergency forces Nana Pete into action the girls begin a painful journey of discovery that threatens to break their bond forever.

Inspired by the author's own experiences, this is a powerful novel of faith and betrayal, loss and redemption.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501237690
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 03/03/2015
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Cecilia Galante received her BA in English from King’s College, Pennsylvania, and her MFA in creative writing from Goddard College, Vermont. She lives with her husband and three children in Kingston Pennsylvania, where she teaches high school English and writes a monthly book column for the Times Leader newspaper. The Patron Saint of Butterflies is Cecilia’s first young adult novel. Find her online at ceciliagalante.com

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The Patron Saint of Butterflies 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Margie Van Meter More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. So compassionate and interesting...you can read it over and over again.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Agnes and Honey have been best friends since they were born. They both live, along with 260 others, in a religious commune called Mount Blessings. Here they abide by severe rules and try to live the most perfect life possible, except that there are some horrendous and not-so-perfect secrets that are kept.

As Honey and Agnes get older, their personalities drift apart, until they are complete opposites of each other. Agnes wants nothing more than to be a saint, while Honey wants to leave the commune and never look back. When Agnes' grandma, Nana Pete, comes for an unexpected visit, she is horrified to learn one of the most horrendous secrets about the commune and immediately takes Agnes, Honey, and Agnes' brother, Benny, out of Mount Blessings.

Honey is overjoyed to finally be out of the grasps of the commune and is thoroughly enjoying Big Macs, driving a car, and shopping at everyone's favorite store, Wal-Mart. Agnes, on the other hand, is scared to death and feels like it's a sin just to be outside of the commune. She can't find any joy in buying ribbons for her hair or scented shampoo, and knows she must find a way back to Mount Blessings.

When a secret is finally unearthed, both girls learn that they need to dig deep inside themselves to find the courage to survive and make the right decisions.

This is a stunning, incredible, and heartfelt novel. I instantly fell in love with the book when I saw the cover, and then was completely shocked with the actual story. It was completely amazing. Agnes and Honey were deep characters that I was really able to connect with. The book also had a completely different level of emotion in it that I hadn't really experienced before. I could really tell that the author was writing from her heart and that made me enjoy the story even more.

The author addressed so many different points in this novel such as friendship, family, and the ability to ask for help. I also loved the setting of the book. I'd never really even heard about religious communes before reading this book and realized that I like being able to live my life the way I want and not have to always be bound by rules. Some points that Cecilia Galante made about religion also really spoke to me. I found it really ironic that I read two books that had so much to do with religion back-to-back (the other being CHANGE OF HEART by Jodi Picoult) and found that a few points showed up in both books.

What surprised me the most though is that this is the author's first novel. The writing was so eloquent and put together that I was stunned. I can't wait to see what Cecilia Galante has coming our way next; in fact her next book, HERSHEY HERSELF, comes out in May.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't recommend this book enough. I had the pleasure of meeting the author at a book club, and her life story is fascinating. Even though this is a 'young adult' book, adults will love it too. I can't wait to read more by Cecila!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You will love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Other than some bad language, this is an incredibly good book. It is also very thought provoking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I read in a matter of days! A must read and highly recommened
HeatherBloggs More than 1 year ago
Who is interested in reading stories about people who live outside the society that we know of? Well... I don't know about you but I am! This fast read of The Patron Saint of Butterflies, is the story of two teenage girls who are raised in the seclusion in a religious community when long hidden secrets began to show unravel. While the story is an overall good quick read it's not the best. I didn't quite believe that the switching voices of Agnes and Honey were a hundreds percent accurate and plausible. While Agnes altogether was ten times more believable that Honey... who almost seemed like a last minute add in. She was quite distracting when reading the story... she didn't seem like she was a natural fit in the story and became the only downfall to this book. The author has an extremely well written story otherwise- considering what the story was about. This is an interesting book that is worth the read but be warned about the sidetracked, distracting Honey.
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Wonderful story. Will read it again :)
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Agnes and Honey are two very different girls with very different places in their commune, one struggling to purify herself, the other struggling to free herself. Agnes has a family Honey is an orphan, living in a shack with the commune's handyman. It is only when Agnes's grandmother learns of what happens to the girls when they are disciplined, and kidnaps them and Agnes's little brother, that they are given a chance to look at their commune from a distance and make their own choices. Agnes could seem a little too perfect, except that we're inside her head as she struggles to believe what she has always been taught, and we share Honey's love of freedom and butterflies. Through the girls' eyes we get a scorching look at adults as normal human beings, with good points and flaws. And we get to savor things about the everyday world that we take for granted, but which are strange to them, like shopping and fast food. This book is especially timely now, with 413 children being taken from the commune in Texas on suspicion of abuse. It's a good illustration of how people live with such hard rules in their daily life.