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A Violet Butterfly

Mae Turner (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-4102-0 ©2007
Price: $16.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 307 pages
Category/Subject: FICTION / General

Meet Jaxie, Anissa, Lynette, Hallie, Renee and Tabitha. The death of a friend is not the average fairy tale ending, but there was nothing average about these women. Or their friendship.

Jaxie, Renee, Anissa, Lynette and Hallie have one special thing in common: a friendship that binds them together through years of separation and neglect. Fifteen years after leaving the college where they first met as idealistic girls, they come together for the funeral of a sixth friend who was found dead in her apartment after years in an abusive relationship. As the five remaining friends take a grief-induced stroll down memory lane, they remember the beauty of their friendship in those halcyon college days long past, and wonder if there is anything left among them worth salvaging.

So, do you think you know your girlfriends? Don't be so sure . . .

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Customer Reviews

  A Violet Butterfly - I loved this book1 , 12/13/2007
Reviewer: Virginia Norwood
I just finished reading this book last night. If this were a movie, I'd put it right up there with "Fried Green Tomatoes"! The author does a wonderful job at pulling you into the lives of 6 women who are so different, yet share a deep friendship. This story will make you laugh, cry, gasp, and appreciate your own friends and family more. I highly recommend it!

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  Makes you want to call your momma, sister and bestfriend after reading this captivating novel! , 12/19/2007
Reviewer: Rosalba E Barragan
It's not everyday I get a chance to read a great book that somehow, the author has found possible to captivate the reader and make relatable at the same time. Mae Turner has found that way with A Violet Butterfly. The relationship between friends spans further than just a sisterly bond between 5 women and the unexpected death of their best friend, but personal highs and lows to which you get a front row seat to each intimate detail as it unfolds. Flipping through each chapter you find yourself engaged in one or more characters that are a little like you and me. Can't forget either that this novel takes place in my own sunny hometown of San Diego, CA! So if you've ever been to San Diego, you can envision just about every destination Mae Turner depicts. In the end, each woman finds the strength to set their emotional woes aside and come together once again to mourn the death of their best friend and rekindle what was thought was lost, the bond of sisterhood. After reading this great novel I found myself calling or emailing my friends to make sure they know I'm there. Just because things may seem ok from the outside, you never know what may be going on behind closed doors. Lesson learned, never keep your doors closed, you may be the one to change the course of time for that one friend.

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  A Violet Butterfly - A "Must Read" , 01/23/2008
Reviewer: Lois H. Lane
Excellent! Excellent! is how I rate this book. The author's vivid descriptions pull you into every scene and character. As I was reading I felt as if I knew each character personally and was present at every scene. I loved this book so much that I purchased several copies for Christmas gifts. Once I started reading, it was hard to put the book down as I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. I look forward to reading more books by this author.

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  gripped , 03/11/2009
Reviewer: Artress Cornmesser
I enjoyed this book of brilliantly chosen characters by Mae turner. Found myself gripped from beginning to the very end. What a relief to read a book without a bunch of nasty words and steamy sex. I had the pleasure of meeting Mae not too long ago. She is beautiful, smart , talented and she knows how to weave a plot and deliver. Can't wait for her next book. Do it again, Mae!

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  Full of life lessons , 03/11/2009
Reviewer: Francis Cornmesser
My wife said I should read this book. Since it's not the kind of book I usually read, I put it aside, but she stayed after me until I picked it up and started. I'm glad she kept after me because I couldn't put it down. It is full of life lessons and Mae Turner is a great teacher. Give us another one, Mae, the world needs you.

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  Finally Good Fiction! , 03/16/2009
Reviewer: Tracie Christian
The Violet Butterfly is a heart-warming story of friendship, perseverance, forgiveness & sisterhood! In a time when women are more competitive with each other than ever, this story demonstrates that women still hold dearly to the ties of friendship that bind us, even in times of strife. After the death of a beloved college friend, five women realize the hard way that Life is too short. Re-connecting with each other proves to be more helpful than harmful to each lady in ways that are unimaginable to any of them! The story is realistic, gritty, funny and uplifting! Snaps, Claps & Accolades to the author, Mae Turner, whom I had the pleasure of meeting at the Black Writers Reunion & Conference last year in Tampa, FL, for comprising a story that is sure to be timeless in its impact on its readers! It's a MUST HAVE in my BOOK! Go GRAB IT TODAY!!!!!!

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