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The Butterfly GirlThe Butterfly Girl Is A Riveting Novel That Ripples With Truth, Exploring The Depths Of Love And Sacrifice In The Face Of A Past That Cannot Be Left Dead And Buried Margaret Atwood Raved On Twitter About This Heartbreaking, Finger Gnawing, Yet Ultimately Hopeful Novel A Year Ago, Naomi, The Investigator With An Uncanny Ability For Finding Missing Children, Made A Promise That She Would Not Take Another Case Until She Finds The Younger Sister Who Has Been Missing For Years Naomi Has No Picture, Not Even A Name All She Has Is A Vague Memory Of A Strawberry Field At Night, Black Dirt Under Her Bare Feet As She Ran For Her LifeThe Search Takes Her To Portland, Oregon, Where Scores Of Homeless Children Wander The Streets Like Ghosts, Searching For Money, Food, And Companionship The Sharp Eyed Investigator Soon Discovers That Young Girls Have Been Going Missing For Months, Many Later Found In The Dirty Waters Of The River Though She Does Not Want To Get Involved, Naomi Is Unable To Resist The Pull Of Children In Need And The Fear She Sees In The Eyes Of A Twelve Year Old Girl Named Celia Running From An Abusive Stepfather And An Addict Mother, Celia Has Nothing But Hope In The Butterflies Her Guides And Guardians On The Dangerous Streets She Sees Them All Around Her, Tiny Iridescent Wisps Of Hope That Soften The Edges Of This Hard World And Illuminate A Cherished Memory From Her Childhood The Butterfly Museum, A Place Where Everything Is Safe And Nothing Can Hurt HerAs Danger Creeps Closer, Naomi And Celia Find Echoes Of Themselves In One Another, Forcing Them Each To Consider The Question Can You Still Be Lost Even When You Ve Been Found But Will They Find The Answer Too Late

[Read] ➳ The Butterfly Girl ➻ Rene Denfeld – Eiyo.us
  • Hardcover
  • 272 pages
  • The Butterfly Girl
  • Rene Denfeld
  • 13 August 2017
  • 0062698168

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    What if we are all capable of lying to ourselves3 1 2 stars The Butterfly Girl is the sequel to The Child Finder, which I personally thought was a beautiful, eerie and atmospheric thriller I didn t enjoy this one quite as much, but I do love how Denfeld focuses once again on the disadvantaged the poor, the homeless, the abused especially when it feels like every thriller is another upper middle class domestic drama.Where The Child Finder was predominantly about private investigator Naom What if we are all capable of lying to ourselves3 1 2 stars The Butterfly Girl is the sequel to The Child Finder, which I personally thought was a beautiful, eerie and atmospheric thriller I didn t enjoy this one quite as much, but I do love how Denfeld focuses once again on the disadvantaged the poor, the homeless, the abused especially when it feels like every thriller is another upper middle class domestic drama.Where The Child Finder was predominantly about private investigator Naomi Cottle s search for a missing girl, this one turns its focusonto Naomi herself, and her search for the sister she left behind years ago Naomi has very few memories of her time being held captive as a child, but she knows one thing she had a sister A sister who didn t make it out with her A sister she hopes may still be alive.While the case of another young girl Celia becomes entwined with Naomi s search, I think this book lost a little something by mostly being about Naomi s missing sister The novel was at times oversentimental and heavy handed, with Denfeld s trademark poetic writing feeling too saccharine for the subject matter The investigation seemed driven by emotion and instinct rather than logic, too.Celia s story was farinteresting to me, even with all the parallels that can be drawn with Naomi s story At twelve years old she has run away from her abusive father and is now living on the streets, exchanging sexual favours for cash She, too, has a sister she left behind, and she is wracked by guilt that she couldn t and didn t protect her The complex examination of Celia s guilt, plus the way the author shows how social systems frequently fail at risk children, offer the most heart wrenching and effective moments of the novel.Mostly, I love how Denfeld reminds us of the people society has forgotten the ones we look away from the ones who we have failed She continues to be a must read author for me Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube


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    But mostly, in her secret heart, she was a butterfly, with magic wings beating hard for escape The Butterfly Girl is a tragic but hopeful story that recounts the tragic events from one woman s past which bind her to a young girl in the present Both are running from their pasts, both feel an immense amount of guilt and are tempted to give up on life, but they are compelled to keep living for their sistersCelia, a 12 year old street kid, is turning tricks to get by, lives in a fantastical wBut mostly, in her secret heart, she was a butterfly, with magic wings beating hard for escape The Butterfly Girl is a tragic but hopeful story that recounts the tragic events from one woman s past which bind her to a young girl in the present Both are running from their pasts, both feel an immense amount of guilt and are tempted to give up on life, but they are compelled to keep living for their sistersCelia, a 12 year old street kid, is turning tricks to get by, lives in a fantastical world of butterflies They are her escape from her tragic childhood and keep her safe Every day she struggles to survive the danger of life on skid row The danger intensifies when young girls start disappearing from the streets their bodies turn up days and sometimes months later in an industrial canal Celia becomes a target, but an encounter with Naomi Cottle, the child finder, changes the trajectory of her life.Naomi, a private investigator who specializes in finding missing children, first comes across Celia on skid row Naomi is roaming the streets, looking for her sister whom she left over 20 years ago when she ran away from captivity While looking for her sister, she gets caught up in the missing girls case While she feels a connection with Celia, her missing sister consumes her, putting Celia s life in danger.Celia s story, which mirrors Naomi s, is uncomfortable and hard to read Sexual and physical abuse occurs frequently There were times when I had to put this book down and clear my mind However, the parts where Celia escapes to her dream world filled with butterflies offers some relief The writing is lyrical and Denefeld s personal experiences add a layer of authenticity to the narrative Overall, this was an emotional and difficult read but the ending left me feeling hopeful I strongly recommend reading book 1 The Child Finder before reading The Butterfly Girl I received an ARC of this book from the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review


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    4.5 starsLost You can be lost even when you ve been found You can make the wrong turn in life even if you re surrounded by people who love you The Butterfly Girl is the second in the Naomi Cottle a.k.a the Child Finder series It can be read as a stand alone but I highly recommend reading the first book in the series, The Child Finder first as I found it to be exceptional.In this book, Naomi is still looking for her sister while interacting with street homeless kids in Portland, Oregon 4.5 starsLost You can be lost even when you ve been found You can make the wrong turn in life even if you re surrounded by people who love you The Butterfly Girl is the second in the Naomi Cottle a.k.a the Child Finder series It can be read as a stand alone but I highly recommend reading the first book in the series, The Child Finder first as I found it to be exceptional.In this book, Naomi is still looking for her sister while interacting with street homeless kids in Portland, Oregon There she has learned that young girls have gone missing only to have their bodies found in the river some time later Naomi wants to dedicate her time to locating her sister but can t resist the pull of the homeless teens especially a teen named Celia A young teen who hopes one day to visit the butterfly museum and save her own sister Each identifies with the otherthe stories we tell ourselves havemeaning than the facts That doesn t make them lies Seeded with every myth was the emotional truth I found Denfeld s writing to be lyrical, poetic and beautifully poignant She doesn t shy away from difficult subjects and gently places them in the readers face Reading about homeless teens, crimes against children and what one needs to do to survive on the streets might be difficult, but we can t pretend these things do not exist They existthan we even know or may want to acknowledge In her acknowledgements section, she writes with admiration and love for the librarians in Portland, Oregon who cared for her when she herself was a homeless kid How public libraries and books saved her She writes from a place of familiarity and personal knowledge.Besides her deep and personal knowledge about the subjects she writes about, she writes using beautiful descriptions and imagery The words, like the butterflies, flew off the pages, flew over my head and gracefully landed back on the pages Riveting, captivating, thought provoking and suspenseful, this one had me from page one With two plot lines going on at the same time, I usually prefer one over the other but in this case, I was equally invested in both and thoroughly enjoyed how she wove them together Plus, how about that beautiful cover Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own


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    The second in the Naomi Cottle series, this novel is easily read as a standalone As always with Denfeld, the writing is lyrical and the subject matter is difficult Sexually abused and neglected young children thrown away as trash try to live as best they can on dangerous streets Some of these kids turn to drugs and most turn tricks For eleven year old Celia hope comes from her imagination and obsession with butterflies A library is her refuge The child finder Naomi Cottle encounters Celi The second in the Naomi Cottle series, this novel is easily read as a standalone As always with Denfeld, the writing is lyrical and the subject matter is difficult Sexually abused and neglected young children thrown away as trash try to live as best they can on dangerous streets Some of these kids turn to drugs and most turn tricks For eleven year old Celia hope comes from her imagination and obsession with butterflies A library is her refuge The child finder Naomi Cottle encounters Celia as she becomes enmeshed in a search for the perpetrator of missing and murdered girls while she tries to find her lost sister Denfeld s portrayal of these street kids, the system they re up against, and their yearning resonates with authenticity and empathy


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    Lost You can be lost even when you ve been found You can make the wrong turn in life even if you re surrounded by people who love you That was what suicide was, Naomi figured It was choosing the final exit instead of another path Not because you wanted to hurt anyone, but because you feel too hopeless to find your way home There wasthan one kind of suicide, too,than one kind of leaving How many people spend their entire lives not even knowing that they have already left Lost You can be lost even when you ve been found You can make the wrong turn in life even if you re surrounded by people who love you That was what suicide was, Naomi figured It was choosing the final exit instead of another path Not because you wanted to hurt anyone, but because you feel too hopeless to find your way home There wasthan one kind of suicide, too,than one kind of leaving How many people spend their entire lives not even knowing that they have already left Children of the forgotten Harvested like the berries of the field The Butterfly Girl changed from an earlier title, The Butterfly Museum is the second in a series featuring private investigator Naomi Cottle The series opened with The Child Finder, released in 2017 Twelve year old Celia is not being held captive by a creepy perv, but she is certainly at risk She isof a throwaway child, forced into living on the street by a sexually abusive stepfather and a junkie mother, whose addiction to illegal substances and her husband s lies exceeds her love for her child, and any notion of decency But the streets were a kind of captivity, too. She has two besties, Rich and Stoner, a street family of three Together they manage, picking up meals from a soup kitchen, sampling the daily delectables from dumpsters, and doing whatever is needed to bring in some cash for occasional stops at a deli, or luxuries, like bus rides They dress in the latest designer fashions from the house of Goodwill, and have found a squat that has not yet become too dangerous, by virtue of being undiscovered by dark elements, or worse, by gentrifiers Celia endures her fraught existence by imagining swarms of butterflies that offer her comfort and direction, and a heavenly image of a Butterfly Museum where she can enjoy their company in total safety.Rene Denfeld image from Jane Eaton Hamilton s siteNaomi Cottle has made a career of searching for children still missing after the authorities have thrown in the towel She has a gift Well, a gift and a ferocious tenacity She understands that it takes not only insight, but several Imelda size closets worth of shoe leather to get from whereto there She has an extra bit of underlying motivation She d been held captive as a child herself, managed to escape, but not with her little sister All she can remember is running in terror, barefoot, through strawberry fields Snatches of that time come back to her in dreams, bit by bit But her sister would be in her mid twenties by now, and, really, what are the chances that she is still alive Naomi decided a year ago to focus solely on the search for her sister, that search taking her to Portland Girls, or, the remains of girls, have been turning up there in growing numbers, and Naomi is determined to find out if there might be any connection between these crimes and the taking of her and her sister Painted Lady image from Cyprus mail.comIn searching for clues to her sister s whereabouts in Portland s Skid Row, Naomi meets Celia, and feels a connection She also notices a very scarred man who seems to be lurking about Naomi follows clue after clue as the body count grows and the danger to Celia, and scores of other Portland street kids, increases Swallowtail image from FactsAboutButterflies.netOne element furthering the connection between Naomi and Celia is that, like Naomi, Celia has a younger sister she wants to save The evil stepfather is still in the scene and mom is still a junkie, making the danger to her sister a question of when rather than whether Viceroy image from WikipediaWe follow the tension of Naomi trying to have a personal life Now married to her lifetime bff, Jerome, they struggle with life issues that may sound familiar, like what are we gonna do for money since they have been exhausting their resources on Naomi s full time quest Where are we gonna live Can we put down roots somewhere, anywhere We also see flaws in Naomi, as she sometimes misses things that are right in front of her because of her obsession with finding her sister.Gray Hairstreak image from WikiDenfeld brings to her writing a familiarity with street culture, and dark experiences She has had plenty of her own And has gotten to see much, muchin her day job as a private investigator, with particular focus on helping death row inmates She wrote a non fiction All God s Children 2007 about Skid Row life that has some very surprising conclusions In this one, I particularly enjoyed seeing how Naomi interacted with official sorts, offering information, analysis, and insight in exchange for help finding her sister, not just relying on convenient snitches to keep the lead feed rolling I grew up with a lot of trauma My stepdad was a registered predatory sex offender, for instance Much of my writing is informed by my own history, including my efforts to use my experiences to help others I m now a therapeutic foster mom and investigator as well as author I did have someone close to me disappear when I was a child It was extremely traumatic, and helps me understand when working with those who are dealing with such terrifying losses From GR s Ask the AuthorWhite Tree Nymph image from The Boardwalk.comHer other superpower is a poetic sensibility that is mesmerizing She brings to The Butterfly Girl the same appreciation for beauty, the same admiration for imagination, and the same command of language that she wielded so deftly in her prior two books She also shows times where unchecked imagination can get one into trouble Great Spangled Fritillary image from Oregon Conservation Strategy.orgDespite this being a riveting read, the notion of imagination as a saving grace, while fabulous, seems maybe a bit too similar to the mechanism the young captive used in book 1 of this series On the other hand, the notion of captivity extending to circumstances in which one may be able to physically move about, but which are still hugely constraining is perceptive and very real Another difference from prior Denfeld novels is her portrayal of the baddie Previous books offered a closer look at the humanity of the people doing awful things Although there is a bit of history presented on how the perp came to be such a twisted sort, it seemed thinner to me than thefaceted depictions of her previous bad actors Sagebrush checkerspot image from ButterfliesandMoths.orgOne extra bit you should take from The Butterfly Girl is the portrait of a social realm that makes it into the news maw only when someone not of the place is done in The street life of homeless Portland children is no less Dickensian for being a century and a half removed from the London he showed the world The same conditions are likely to be present in most American cities One particular gap in social service attention to younger homeless residents is surprising and rage inducing, as the kindness of the caring institutions and individuals trying help them is warming, and hope sustaining And while assaults by the better off on those down on their luck is a popular sport in the nation s capital and in many state capitals, that hostility is made personal and kinetic here Red admiral image from Insects of Alberta.comOne of the things that makes this such a resonant book is that Denfeld shows how a culture of rape and abuse can flourish when perpetrators are people of means and their targets are not Headlines about Jeffrey Epstein s long history of raping children, without being held to serious account offers a particularly relevant real world example The novel looks at how the silence of uninvolved people in the face of obvious wrong doing allows such outrages to persist, and how victims of powerful criminals cannot count on the legal system to come to their defense.White Peacock image from WikiYou will keep flipping the pages of The Butterfly Girl to see how Naomi fares on her quest, and if Celia can remain beyond the clutches of the mysterious Portland killer But as you read, you may notice that the beauty of Denfeld s writing leaves small sparkles on your hands, and in your head, bits of literary pollen that attach and nourish She remains a poet with a deep appreciation of beauty, in the world, in the imagination, and in language She possesses a gift for story telling, writing engaging characters, and shining a bright light into some very dark places If you are searching for a smart, soulful, engaging, mystery thriller, you would do well to alight on The Butterfly Girl It is a nourishing, satisfying read that is also a thing of remarkable beauty.Mardon Skipper image from Fish and Wildlife Service I had an extremely difficult childhood and every day after school I d go to the public library, which was my sanctuary I learned early about the power of story and imagination to save lives the poetry of the books became the poetry of my life, the ability to find hope even in despair In writing fiction I feel I can capture that poetry of life and the lessons I ve learned from the GR Ask the Author.blockquoteReview posted July 12, 2019Publication date October 1, 2019 EXTRA STUFFThe author s personal, Twitter, and Facebook pagesPrevious Denfeld books I have read and reviewed 2017 The Child Finder Naomi Cottle 1 2014 The EnchantedInterviews The Center for Fiction An Interview with Rene Denfeld on The Child Finder The Rumpus It s Never Too Late to be Found A conversation with Rene Denfeld by Kelly Thompson 9 4 17 Goodreads Ask the Author The Bulletin Author s dark and moving fiction is rooted in reality by Kim Himstreet July 5, 2018While you might assume Denfeld s work and advocacy could wear her down or make her cynical, the author said in a 2017 interview with The Rumpus, The longer I ve done this kind of work, theI m in awe at the resiliency and the strength of the human spirit, and theI feel connected with the magic of the world I think the world is full of magic Kirkus Reviews Fully Booked by Kurt Andersen audio from about 33 00 about The Child Finder, but still relevant Jaggery Drunk on Ink Q A with Rene Denfield and The Child Finder by Soniah Kamal on August 7, 2018My earliest memories include running to the public library every day after kindergarten I would build walls of books and lose myself in them, and not leave until closing books were my sanctuary As a young child I especially loved fairy tales and fables Think about it Where else can someone be imprisoned in dungeons, roasted in ovens and trapped by evil and still find a way to survive Fairy tales are messages of hope for those trapped in trauma Portland Monthly Writer and Private Investigator Rene Denfeld on Portland Sexism by Zach Dundas 2015 Portland Tribune News Street life and death by Nick Budnick January 25, 2007Because in Summer 2019 GR reduced the allowable size of reviews by 25% it was necessary to move some of this review into the comment section See Comment 3 below


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    A second outing for Naomi, the child finder She has vowed not to work any cases until she finds her sister The problem is she remembers so little of the place she escaped from, she only remembers singing to her little sister when she was afraid Young street girls are bring murdered, their bodies pulled from the river This gets Naomis attention and she and her husband travel to find out whatever they can She meets a young girl, Celia,only twelve living on the street, who may have answers A second outing for Naomi, the child finder She has vowed not to work any cases until she finds her sister The problem is she remembers so little of the place she escaped from, she only remembers singing to her little sister when she was afraid Young street girls are bring murdered, their bodies pulled from the river This gets Naomis attention and she and her husband travel to find out whatever they can She meets a young girl, Celia,only twelve living on the street, who may have answers she doesn t know she has.As a former street child herself, our authors paints these scenes with accuracy and poinancy Another group of throwaway people, children, that as a society we look away from Denfeld also includes something that makes her stories memorable, in this case butterflies You will have to read to find out what they mean in the book Lastly, it is a book about sisters, the ties that bind, showing how far one will go to protect someone they love I love her books because besides being mysteries, they are darn good at poking holes in the way we view our society There is always a message, but are we strong enough to see ARC from Edelweiss


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    I m between 4 and 4.5 stars.Naomi Cottle is a child finder She s often the investigator desperate parents turn to when they have no other avenue left to try and find their missing children, and Naomi succeeds where others have failed But this responsibility takes a great emotional toll on her.Naomi can find missing children because once she, too, was a missing child But she was lucky and was able to escape from the person who had kept her captive, although she had to flee without her sister I m between 4 and 4.5 stars.Naomi Cottle is a child finder She s often the investigator desperate parents turn to when they have no other avenue left to try and find their missing children, and Naomi succeeds where others have failed But this responsibility takes a great emotional toll on her.Naomi can find missing children because once she, too, was a missing child But she was lucky and was able to escape from the person who had kept her captive, although she had to flee without her sister Sadly, she had no memories of that time, and all these years later, she can barely remember anything about her sister except vague memories of a field she ran through as she escaped She is haunted by the fact that she didn t keep her promise to protect her sister.A year ago, Naomi decided not to take any new cases until she finds her sister Her search takes her to Portland, Oregon, where homeless teenagers roam the streets by day and night, doing whatever they can to survive Someone has been kidnapping young girls off the streets, and many are found dead later, floating in the river Naomi is troubled by this epidemic of violence, and even though she doesn t want to get involved, she can t turn away, especially as she wonders what parallels these kidnappings and murders might have with her sister s case.When Naomi meets Celia, a troubled 12 year old who took to the streets after a horrible family situation took a bad turn, she recognizes some similarities with her own life, and she wants to protect Celia like she was unable to do her own sister And Celia also has a sister to protect The only thing helping Celia through her ordeal are the butterflies the beautiful phantoms she sees on the streets, following her and keeping her company They remind her of a happier time with her mother and her sister, and she wishes she could just fly away like they do.As Naomi digs deeper into her sister s whereabouts, and Celia tries to right her situation and protect her own sister, they both find themselves being drawn deeper and deeper into an evil web, a web that has the potential to destroy all they love as well as themselves The Butterfly Girl is a beautifully written book about those who are lost and desperate to be found, as well as those who are seen but still feel lost It s a story about feeling powerless to change situations around you, no matter how hard you fight, and how easy it is to shut others out as you fight your battles It s also a troubling story of how so many children on the margins can find themselves at risk, with no one to advocate for or protect them.Rene Denfeld s first two books, The Enchanted and The Child Finder in which Naomi s character was introduced were emotional, gorgeously told stories While The Butterfly Girl started a bit slowly for me, it picked up steam as the book went along, and there is so much poignancy and vivid imagery in this story.Even though this features the same character from The Child Finder , you could read this book without reading its predecessor But I d definitely recommend that you pick that one up, because once again, Denfeld s talent with prose and imagery is something to behold.This book definitely made me think, and it made me sad for those who have to fight these battles It once again proves what an amazing storyteller Denfeld is.NetGalley and HarperCollins provided me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review Thanks for making it available This book will be published October 1, 2019 See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at


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    Hope is grief s best music Author Unknown The strain of light notes reach into Naomi Cottle s inner being It s all that she has to go on Naomi has been on a journey for over twenty years weighed down by the harshness of reality but uplifted with the light feathery touch of hope Naomi and her sister, Sarah, were abducted as children Naomi was found several years later wandering within the tall grassy fields outside of Portland No Sarah No definitive memories.With a resolve expanding mil Hope is grief s best music Author Unknown The strain of light notes reach into Naomi Cottle s inner being It s all that she has to go on Naomi has been on a journey for over twenty years weighed down by the harshness of reality but uplifted with the light feathery touch of hope Naomi and her sister, Sarah, were abducted as children Naomi was found several years later wandering within the tall grassy fields outside of Portland No Sarah No definitive memories.With a resolve expanding miles outside of herself, Naomi still carries the resolve of finding her sister Rene Denfeld introduced us to Naomi in The Child Finder showcasing Naomi as a deeply committed investigator specializing in cold cases of lost children And she s beyond good at what she does Naomi has a fine tuned gift of spotting long hidden pebbles embedded on the forgotten trails of life.Naomi and her husband, Jerome, a wounded veteran of Native American background, have returned to stay with her friend, Diane Diane has always been supportive of the two and opens her home to them Naomi has set aside her professional career for the moment in order to dedicate all of her energy into finding Sarah Denfeld creates a new thread in this storyline with the introduction of Celia, a twelve year old homeless street kid, running from an abusive stepfather and a mother strung out on drugs most of the day Celia worries about her younger sister, Alyssa, still living at home and in the line of fire from sickening Teddy It s here that Rene Denfeld presents an eye opening view into the failing foster care program that leaves victims on the doorstep of abuse day after day We shake our heads in disbelief as Alyssa is returned back into her abusive home once again when the officials don t believe Celia s cry for help.Denfield, once a homeless kid herself, knows these streets and what the future holds for the kids who hide in the shadows in order to breathe in another day The Butterfly Girl is raw and real in its presentation Just as a butterfly is kept in a jar by the door, it must take flight in order to survive Both Naomi and Celia cling to hopeevasive, but perhaps within reach this time.I received a copy of The Butterfly Girl through NetGalley for an honest review My thanks to Harper Collins Publishers and to the talented Rene Denfeld for the opportunity


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    I just finished the first book in the Naomi Cottle series yesterday and it has left me with the following thoughts


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    Check out www.Bluestockingreviews.com to enter a giveaway drawing for The Butterfly Girl Can you still be lost even when you are found SUMMARYA year ago, Naomi a private investigator specializing in missing children, made a promise that she would not take another case until she found her younger sister who has been missing for years Naomi has no picture, not even a name All she has is a vague memory of trapdoor, a strawberry field at night, and black dirt under her bare feet as she ran for he Check out www.Bluestockingreviews.com to enter a giveaway drawing for The Butterfly Girl Can you still be lost even when you are found SUMMARYA year ago, Naomi a private investigator specializing in missing children, made a promise that she would not take another case until she found her younger sister who has been missing for years Naomi has no picture, not even a name All she has is a vague memory of trapdoor, a strawberry field at night, and black dirt under her bare feet as she ran for her life Naomi was nine when she was found She had been missing for five years Naomi s continuing search for her sister takes her to Portland Oregon, where scores of homeless children wander the streets, searching for money, and food Though she does not want to get involved, Naomi is unable to resist the pull of the children in need and the fear she sees in the eyes of a 12 year old girl name Celia, who is running from her abusive step father and an addict mother.REVIEWTHE BUTTERFLY GIRL is captivating and an impossible book to put down It s a perfect blend of characters, setting and story The twenty five year old Naomi is my favorite character of the year, perhaps even a character for the ages She is someone you will be thinking of long after the the cover is closed Her strength, resolve and intensity to find her sister are brought to life of the pages Naomi s connection with Celia is also poignant and the author effortlessly blends Naomi and Celia s story, adding both depth and emotion to the novel RENE DENFELD is a lyrical storyteller She uses butterflies to bring beauty and imagination to a raw and haunting story of survival and resilience I first fell in love with Naomi when I read The Child Finder in 2017 and honestly hope she appears in Denfeld s future books It s so important to have books with strong female characters, who can take care of themselves, survive the unimaginable and serve as a role models for us all My favorite part of the story was how Celia finds hope and solace among the butterflies She spends her days at the library to escape the dirty and difficult streets of skid row and she surround herself with pictures of colorful butterflies DENFELD is the author of The Child Finder 2017 , and The Enchanted Her books always explore themes of survival, resiliency and redemption She lives in Portland, Oregon where she is a happy mom of three kids adopted from foster care, as well as other foster kids Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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