The Memory of Butterflies: A Novel

The Memory of Butterflies: A Novel

by Grace Greene

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To keep a devastating family secret from being revealed, a young mother’s desperate lies could end up destroying everything, and everyone, she loves. The Memory of Butterflies is a poignant story of family and forgiveness—of knowing when to let go and when to hold each other close.

Hannah Cooper’s daughter is leaving for college soon. The change is bittersweet. A single mother since the age of eighteen, Hannah isn’t eager to confront the pain of being alone, but she’s determined not to let her own hang-ups keep Ellen from the future she deserves. As Ellen’s high school graduation approaches, Hannah decides it’s time to return to her roots in Cooper’s Hollow along Virginia’s beautiful and rustic Cub Creek.

With the help of longtime friend Roger Westray, Hannah devotes her energies to building a new house on the site of the old family home, destroyed in a fire more than a decade ago. But Hannah’s entire adult life has revolved around one very big secret. And her new beginning comes with unanticipated risks that will cost her far more than she could have imagined—perhaps more than she can survive.

When a confrontation forces Hannah to expose her secret, the truth may destroy her beloved daughter. Hannah is prepared to sacrifice everything to protect her family, but can their lives and their bond withstand the seismic shift that’s coming?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781536685879
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Grace Greene is an award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of women’s fiction and contemporary romance set in the bucolic reaches of her native Virginia (Kincaid’s Hope, Cub Creek, The Happiness In Between, The Memory of Butterflies) and the breezy beaches of Emerald Isle, North Carolina (Beach Rental, Beach Winds). Her debut novel, Beach Rental, and the sequel, Beach Winds, were both Top Picks by RT Book Reviews magazine. For more about the author and her books, visit or connect with her on Twitter @Grace_Greene and on Facebook at

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The Memory of Butterflies 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
ForTheArtOfIt More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued from the moment I first read the following on page 1: "...including the memory of how I lost my Ellen seventeen years ago, then found her again." In The Memory of Butterflies, Greene explores several themes, the strongest of which is love, specifically a mother's love. In Hannah's story, it is clear that this is a love that is boundless and not reserved solely for those grown inside our womb. The story alternates between present day and flashing back to the past from Hannah's teenage years and moving forward to the present. The story is not a new one (young girl unexpectedly pregnant and left to raise a baby without help from the father) but it is engrossing. Hannah is such a strong and independent female character that one can't hardly believe she fell for the dashing and manipulative teen boy while also knowing that without a doubt she will be a wonderful and dedicated mother who will rise to the struggles of motherhood (single or not). In short, Hannah's story is so engrossing that I couldn't put the book down. I had to finally concede defeat with about 80% left as I was bleary eyed and knew that I didn't want to miss any of the conclusion. I was awake before dawn and reaching for the book to find out what happens and what consequences Hannah will face for the decisions she made as a young mother. And oh my - those decisions.....I can so easily see how Hannah chose what she did and I do not fault one bit. Not one. And it's a good thing the really important people in her life don't fault her either. It's summed up so beautifully here: "We all make mistakes, right? Some we can take back. Some we can’t.” Or wouldn’t even if we could, I added silently." (pg 172) Oh Hannah, what you did - loving a child, wholly and completely and unselfishly - could never be a mistake. I am so thankful to Amazon Publishing for offering this as a giveaway and grateful to have been a winner! This book is a treasure.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I absolutely enjoyed reading this story of Hannah, the mother, and her daughter, Ellen. A poignant story that had me mesmerized. Hannah is hiding a secret, and it's a big one, from her daughter. Actually, she's hiding it from the whole town. The only ones who know the truth are herself, her grandmother and a neighbor. The secret is going to tear her and her daughter apart, but it's one that she's going to have to tell. A wonderful, moving story that I would definitely recommend! Thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
AmberK1120 More than 1 year ago
Thank you to the Netgalley and Lake Union publishing for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. This was a beautiful, emotionally intense family story. I was surprised by several of the situations that played out, but in a good way. Greene has a great ability at writing a story that sucks you in and keeps you on the edge of your seat. She’s also adept at tugging at your heartstrings until you think you might break, then putting you back together and leaving you with a smile. This is worth the read for fans of women’s fiction and family stories.
ScotsLass More than 1 year ago
The Memory of Butterflies by Grace Green This novel, The Memory of Butterflies by Grace Green, is the story of family, love, mistakes and forgiveness. It is filled with wonderfully developed characters, identifiable situations, and wonderful dialog. The reader feels transported and becomes part of the story. Always one of my favorite authors, Grace Green has excelled with this captivating and heart warming story. I was given an ARC of this book by the author and with no obligation to review it. This is my honest review after reading.
swissgranny More than 1 year ago
What a poignant and heart-rending story of family, love, and sacrifice. Decisions made and the consequences from them play out throughout the book. Grace Green has crafted a tale with vivid, multi-layered, memorable characters amidst a setting rich in descriptive detail. I could easily visualize the setting and characters in my mind with the scenes coming alive to me. This is definitely a book that will stay with me for a long time. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
mslizalou More than 1 year ago
The Memory of Butterflies is the newest book from Grace Greene. It is a beautiful story that is filled with family, love, secrets and lies, and forgiveness. I will be very vague in my description of much of what goes on in the story, as I really don't want to give away any spoilers. Hannah Cooper is such a strong character. She is repeatedly place in situations that have her making tough decisions. She is responsible for caring for her grandmother and young daughter at a very young age. I honestly feel like Hannah was put into an unwinnable situation with one of her choices. I honestly don't know if I was put into her situation for at least one of her choices I would have made a different choice. Honestly more than once, my heart broke for Hannah and I won't lie, I cried multiple times while I read this book from both happy tears and sad tears. I loved the relationships that were explored in The Memory of Butterflies. We had the relationship of grandmother and granddaughter, mother and daughter, and even great-grandmother and great-granddaughter. The different family dynamics that were explored across generations at times made me think of how close I was to both of my grandmothers before they passed away. I love when relationships in a book can seem real-world to me, and Ms. Greene did a great job exploring the family dynamics in The Memory of Butterflies. The Memory of Butterflies truly is a beautiful story that will tug on your heartstrings over and over again. Highly recommended to all readers who love an emotional story about family and all the dynamics it includes. Rating: 4 Stars (B+) Review copy provided by publisher
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
A must read. An emotional journey of loss, secrets and the love and devotion of a mother and daughter. Hannah, is getting her daughter ready for college and rebuilding and moving back to her childhood area. When Ellen has questions about her deceased father, soon the truth comes out of Ellen's true parents. Will Ellen forgive Hannah for the secrets and can Hannah live with herself on the secrets she kept? This is a book that I could not put down, A heart wrenching story of true love and devotion that a mother gives to her daughter. Plenty of secrets from past generations. Grace Greene's story telling, makes you feel like you are right there. I highly recommend this story!!
MelissaGH More than 1 year ago
Tender story of loss and family. Unexpected events cause lives to be changed in an instant with no warning. Can good arise from devastating circumstances? The author tells a touching story of how people decide to deal with death and the events of the decisions made. Bring the tissues when reading this one. Butterflies will always have a special meaning to me because of this story. Excellent. I received a copy of this story from the author and NetGalley and this is my personal honest opinion.
Chris721 More than 1 year ago
This was a beautiful love story of a mother's love for her daughter. Hannah is a single mom to her daughter Ellen. Nothing is more important to Hannah than her daughter. But unfortunately, Hannah has a few secrets hiding in her past. This wonderful book takes us through the present and also through Hannah's past. Hannah is raised by her Grandparents Gran and Grand. You can feel the love they have for Hannah. The descriptions of are amazing. I can see the house they lived in. I can almost smell the flowers the butterflies enjoy in the field. I can see the cabin where Hannah did her pottery. This was a beautiful book of loss, love, love of family, and secrets. I truly loved this book. Thank you very much to Grace Greene for providing me an ARC in return for an honest review.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Grace Greene's The Memory of Butterflies Powerful thought provoking and emotional story!! Many issues ran throughout the story, such as: loss and grieving, secrets, deceit, choices. family issues, fear to love, forgiveness, lies, friendship, personal growth, transition, truth, faith and love. Hannah Cooper's life starts in Cooper’s Hollow which is located along Virginia’s beautiful and rustic Cub Creek. It is here where she makes choices that will keep her aloof from others until the point where she must wipe the slate clean. Her life as she knows it, love, and happiness are on the line. What choice will she make this time? Intricately woven story creates an utterly believable storyline that will keep the reader engrossed up to the last page. The deep characterization will allow the reader to loose themselves in these characters. You will be sympathetic to their situation or plight. The characters were well fleshed, well developed plus very realistic. They were broken people with secrets past trying to keep them hidden. You will accompany them on their road to freedom, independence and redemption. The fluid description will put the reader as a part of the story. The running water of the creek, the field of butterflies, the family cemetery, working with clay to form treasures, city living versus country living are so deftly defined to warm the heart with wonderment. I will always think of the contents of this book whenever I see a butterfly? Overall good development with superb creative writing and colorful detail. This story will stay with the reader long past the final word. It is a keeper. I volunteered to read The Memories of Butterflies. Thanks to the author via Net Gallery for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.