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“To love unconditionally, is to live as free as a Monarch Butterfly in Spring.”
 Laila DoncasterCocooning the Butterfly

5 STARS from M. Tillotson on Cocooning The Butterfly

 “I was taken by this fresh, light-heartted romance with a twist, a turn and a touch of modern life melded with life of old. The landscape descriptions, truly give a sense of Canadian terrain, and life in all seasons. A diverse cast of characters with brilliant personalities came together to form and remain solid unity throughout the book. Cocooning the Butterfly is as deep a metaphor as the author’s bravery in exposing her emotions.”  Review by M. Tillotson ~ British Columbia Canada

 

The Winthrop Woman (Katherine) by Anya Seton

The Winthrop WomanThe Winthrop Woman by Anya Seton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A portrait of a woman striving for life in a man’s world, she went from struggling through life to owning it. I want my daughters to read this book, as well as “Katherine“. She may be strong-willed, but that’s what’s kept her alive in her struggles through dying husbands and times of war. The romance is there, no doubt, but Anya Seton kept the read clean; there’s more sex in modern-day PG TV than there is in these books. A historical romance such as this should be on the ‘to read’ list of any avid reader.

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Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Gone with the WindGone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you have not seen the movie, don’t, but read the books first; “Gone With The Wind” by Margarett Mitchell, followed by book two,“Scarlett” by Alexandra Ripley. Mitchell and Ripley bring you into the world of the America’s deep south during the time of slavery, uprising, and war; these two books together are a historical masterpiece. Gentlemen of pride, belles and ladies, slaves and the end of the human trade, yet the beginning of new order in all of its chaos. Gripping, and fascinating, this story must be read in its entirety before watching those many hours of film.

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The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dan Brown is a mastermind of the written puzzle. I loved this book so much I had to go buy the hardcover for fear I’d lose the mobi file. Be prepared to be enthralled, to a point where you can’t put it down. If you’re a history buff, or just love fast-paced, action-packed and riveting novels that take you away, this one will take you through the streets and dark places of major cities throughout the globe. Brilliant!

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The Bourne Trilogy by Robert Ludlum

The Bourne Trilogy (Jason Bourne, #1-3)The Bourne Trilogy by Robert Ludlum

A psychological thriller, not something I read a lot of but I do upon occasion enjoy the oddness of it. Oddness in the sci-fi ability to manipulate or reprogram a person’s mind; clear their old memory and restore it with new memories, forcing that person to do things and/or be a certain type of character un-natural to their original mind; just seems a bit far-fetched to me. Although, Ludlum puts forth a well-written work, maintaining consistency, and keeps the reader moving along. The action and suspense of this series were enough to intrigue me into reading the second and third books.

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Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight

Lassie Come-HomeLassie Come-Home by Eric Knight
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved Lassie so much as a child, I wanted to name every dog we owned by her. She’s brave, loyal and trustworthy; fearing nothing to return to her human family and her boy, she risks her life repeatedly to rejoin them as she treks Scotland and braves the elements to find them. Every dog-loving child should host this book on their nightstand, and spend time with Lassie.

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Charlotte’s Web by EB White

Charlotte's WebCharlotte’s Web by E.B. White
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A delightful story of a girl and her experience with the animals and creatures on the farm. A heart-warming tale and one that brings make-believe to life; a story every child should read. Vivid characters, every one loveable, Charlotte’s Web is a classic that will forever remain dear to me; I was given this book many years ago, and now in all of its worn and tattered pages, the story of a child and her friendships with the farm animals remains as it always has, fascinating.

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Cujo by Stephen King

CujoCujo by Stephen King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Entering the mind of a massive dog as he turns from normally healthy to rabid, we experience the illness right along with him; Cujo goes crazy, demented, and viciously mad. King must have spent hours upon eons envisioning, contemplating, and analyzing the process this illness instills to the brain, and to what end its effects would have from the dog’s perspective. It’s not just the horror for the dog, it’s the horror of those trapped by him, that makes this book a masterpiece. Twice attempted, film-makers have yet to master Cujo in all of his true essence.

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  Reader’s Reviews

“A bold but sensual story of the rapture in the coming together of a powerful man and a woman searching for safety in love. How fun to be a part of the pre-read, and share the insight of a woman’s heart as she finds truth in love, and then blossoms with it. I know this is just the beginning as Halya travels our paths, for this is the reality of all women in wanting a real man. A great read.”

Review by ~ Steel Riata, AB Canada

“I was taken by this fresh, light-hearted romance with a twist, a turn and a touch of modern life melded with life of old. The landscape descriptions, truly give a sense of Canadian terrain, and life in all seasons. A diverse cast of characters with brilliant personalities came together to form and remain solid unity throughout the book. Cocooning the Butterfly is as deep a metaphor as the author’s bravery in exposing her emotions.”

Review by ~ M. Tillotson, BC Canada

"Beautiful first chapter by this fresh. young writer. We'll undoubtedly be hearing more from her and her new writings. Good, visual opening. Reader gets pulled into characters early on, when identification is so necessary, then gets pulled up by the scruff of her neck to learn the protagonist (at least one of them) is the Buffalo. Fascination point of view for the story."

Review by ~ Jay Squires, Author

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