Seven year old Denise and her mother Sherry live in a small town in Arkansas that is suddenly ravaged by fire. Widowed and raising a special needs child alone, Sherry’s priorities exclude relationships outside of family and close friends, until a new kinship compels Sherry to put her life back into perspective.
The local fire department hires a man with a painful past, who shares a unique bond with the little girl who doesn’t speak. A common interest between them creates trust and opens doors otherwise believed to be closed forever.
Anything is possible, especially when love and faith are present. She Only Speaks to Butterflies is a heartwarming story that helps us see that sometimes modern science isn’t as powerful as the human heart.
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About the Author
Some have said that if you see me on the street (usually with a book in hand or a laptop fired up), I appear a cold, hard-fisted person. However, once we’ve spoken for five minutes or less, you’ll have laughed at least once. That is, provided you appreciate sarcastic, self-deprecating wit. My first short story was penned in middle school and I was hooked ever since. I graduated with honours from Humber College and began working as an Administrative Coordinator for a large, multinational corporation shortly afterward. Quickly learning that the corporate world, despite the love I had for my job, is a slow killer of creativity, I chose to quit during maternity leave in 2006. Difficulty thinking outside the box soon evaporated when I received something that didn’t come in one: my first child. While at home with the baby my imaginative energy got the better of me and my first memoir was written. It had been a dream of mine to write about my late father, who passed away from alcoholism in 1992, and it took me two years to compose a fifty-page manuscript, but I did it. After my second daughter was born in 2008 I had more fuel to write, and felt it necessary to voice the challenges and inherent gifts I acquired during my struggles with Scoliosis. Hence, my second memoir was born. The words flowed out of me with such ease I shocked myself. My love for words grew with each book I read and every word I wrote. I soon realized I had no more material to write non-fiction, which led me to take a stab at fiction. The next two books were such a revelation: it became more and more clear what my true calling was. The rest, as they say, is history!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Her husband is dead. Her daughter doesn’t speak. The town she’s raised her child in is being set aflame and nobody knows who is responsible or why. Sherry is alone, facing her worst fears while the town pulls together to keep everyone safe. She prays the culprit will be found before it’s too late, but her instincts predict otherwise. When a new face arrives in town, Sherry realizes she isn’t the only one who has lost, and more importantly, that there is much more she could lose. We often hear it takes a village to raise a child and it was nice to see the support that Sherry got from her town in raising her daughter, Denise. The anguish that Sherry goes through as she tries to decide what more can she do to "cure" her daughter's muteness. I will say that some of Sherry's friends like Martha are obnoxious, nosy and almost unlikable except for their deep loyalty to Sherry. I think Appleyard did a great job bringing the characters to life in the small town as well as good suspense with the arson fires. I am a hopeless romantic so I loved the ending! Anyone who enjoys reading faith based story with romance and suspense will love this book.