The Peacock Butterfly follows Nena's life and dreams, along with those of her eventual husband and their families-through the horrors of World War II to the savings and loan crises of the 1980s. From Boston to New York City, to London and Paris, you'll follow the Hicks and Meyer families, and laugh and cry with them.
Eventually, you'll discover what someone dear to Nena once told her: "When dreams do not come true, you make new ones."
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I really loved this book! I put an announcement up on my Facebook account to let all my family and friends know that they should go and buy the book - either the paperback or the e-book. The plot is really interesting and I found the character development to be so absorbing. It's a great read for the living room couch, the beach, or your backyard. Just stop texting, put aside the remote and curl up with this great book! Does anyone know if Ms. Lamotte is writing anything else? I sure hope so because I'll be certain to buy it! And I know this would make a great movie. I'm so tired of all the space aliens. I need to watch a serious, adult movie for a change! I hope some Hollywood directors read these reviews and pick this up.
Stretching a book over a period over fifty years is not an easy prospect. It’s difficult enough to keep on track when dealing with one historical decade. J.V. Lamotte’s courage in tackling the challenge pays off handsomely in this story of two families. We start by walking step by step with our heroine Nena through World War II and we end up in the far different age of 1990. It’s a history lesson on the second half of the 20th Century and the big events of those days revolve around the lives of the protagonists. The storytelling makes those people real and makes the reader share their ambitions, understand their shortcomings and will them to make the right decisions. There are plenty of high and low moments on the way. This is a five-star book.