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Waiting for Butterflies

Waiting for Butterflies A mother s love never ends not even when her life does Longing for her family after her sudden death Maggie becomes a lingering spirit and returns home where she helplessly witnesses her family s dow

  • Title: Waiting for Butterflies
  • Author: Karen Sargent
  • ISBN: 9781940442204
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Paperback
  • A mother s love never ends not even when her life does.Longing for her family after her sudden death, Maggie becomes a lingering spirit and returns home where she helplessly witnesses her family s downward spiral in the aftermath of her passing Her husband is haunted by past mistakes and struggles to redeem himself Her teenage daughter silently drowns in her own guilt,A mother s love never ends not even when her life does.Longing for her family after her sudden death, Maggie becomes a lingering spirit and returns home where she helplessly witnesses her family s downward spiral in the aftermath of her passing Her husband is haunted by past mistakes and struggles to redeem himself Her teenage daughter silently drowns in her own guilt, secretly believing she caused her mother s death Only her five year old, full of innocence, can sense her presence Although limited by her family s grief and lack of faith, Maggie is determined to keep a sacred promise and save her family before her second chance runs out.A tender portrait of a mother whose love reaches beyond possible, WAITING FOR BUTTERFLIES will embrace your heart and not let go.

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    About "Karen Sargent"

    1. Karen Sargent

      Karen Sargent creates characters whose imperfect faith collides with real life conflicts, taking readers on a journey through grace and redemption to discover enduring hope A romantic element is woven within each story In addition to writing inspirational novels, she blogs at The MOM Journey, where moms aren t perfect and that s perfectly okay When she is not writing, she teaches high school and college English She resides in the beautiful Arcadia Valley with her husband and two daughters.

    158 Comments

    1. Oh my!! If you want to read a book that grabs your heart and won't let it go, you HAVE to read this book! Very well written, with lots of emotionally charged moments and real-to-life struggles that will keep you turning pages. And despite the tragedy that the story is based on, there is plenty of hope, healing, and miracles as the family learns to lean on each other and God to get them through.I wasn't sure what to expect from a Christian "ghost" story but I was hooked from the beginning. After [...]


    2. I was privileged to read a preview copy of Waiting for Butterflies, and LOVED it! This book is very well written and the characters were so realistic, you could imagine what they might look like and feel what they were feeling. It was a great reminder that our faith comes in many shapes and sizes, and we each react so differently to life's circumstances. I found it to be an encouraging read during a time in my life that I really needed it! I am anxious to see other books by this author!


    3. Waiting For Butterflies by Karen Sargent is a most beautiful contemporary Christian novel about a love that never dies. It is a study of grief so beautifully written that the words will penetrate your very soul.Waiting For Butterflies is a work of fiction showing death is not the end. You cannot kill love. Everyone handles grief differently and needs to work through their grief to find a new type of 'normal.' The family in the novel was "trying to find our way back to normal." There was anger an [...]


    4. Waiting for Butterflies was a phenomenal book. Once I started reading, I could not put it down. Karen Sargent does an amazing job at developing each character and providing the readers with a storyline that tugs at your heart strings. This story about Maggie and her husband Sam and their two daughters Olivia and Rachel and how they overcome a difficult situation drew out so many emotions in me. Through this book, she tells a story about a father's love that is incredibly deep and how the family [...]


    5. This book deals with lots of tough subjects such as grief and forgiveness in a way that draws you in emotionally. The characters connect with you and I started seeing different personalities from my own family in some of them. I found myself thinking about the characters and the story at different times during the day and couldn't wait to get back to them and see how they were. I was very happy with this story and I would read more from this author.


    6. What an amazing book! It drew me in from the very beginning. I loved the story line and the fact that it was about an ordinary family. I somehow felt connected to this family. Mrs. Sargent did an excellent job of making this story so believable. I would definitely read another book by this author.


    7. I loved the book. Well written. Keeps you guessing. Loved the Christian aspect. Cared about the characters, and really hope there's another book coming so I can find out what happens next in all their lives.


    8. Sargent has crafted a very moving novel that centers on the mystery surrounding the intersection of the physical and spiritual worlds. It deals with the issue of how the remaining family members continue on after the loss of a loved one. The novel is very well written with well developed characters and a good plot line. You might want to have a tissue handy near the end.The premise of the book is firmly founded on the possibility that Christians who have died can observe the remaining family mem [...]


    9. This was a fantastic book. Make sure to have Kleenex ready because you will need lots of them. I did not want to put this book down because I had to know how this family was going to cope with the tragedy that struck them. Each member of this family needed to learn to cope in their own way. This explains many aspects of a tragedy with beautiful words. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.


    10. Waiting for Butterflies by Karen Sargent is beautifully written and will most certainly hit you in all the feels. A family trying to pick up the pieces and survive in a new normal after a young mother’s tragic death: a newly-single dad struggling to work past his own grief in order to take care of his girls, a teen in crisis, and an adorable five year old with the sweet faith of a child. And in a twist you don’t see often in Christian fiction, a mother whose spirit lingers with her battered [...]


    11. Author Karen Sargent has written a stunning and emotionally engaging novel in Waiting for Butterflies. This story deals with raw emotions, dealing with grief, pain, loss, sorrow, healing, love, joy, and family bonds. The family dynamics in this story are absolutely beautiful. Readers will immediately fall in love with the family. And the children characters are fantastic. Bringing a whole new dynamic to this amazing story. Sargent brings to life real-to-life feelings that readers will easily und [...]


    12. This is a very sweet story that had me reading 'just a few more pages' when I should have been working! I think it's every mother's worst nightmare - dying while your kids are still little. But the mother in this story, Maggie, has a chance to observe and help her family before she goes to heaven. To enjoy this story you have to disengage the theological part of your brain (I read an interview with Karen before I read this book and it was helpful for me to see that she knows this isn't exactly o [...]


    13. Waiting for Butterflies was a book, at least for me, that was somewhat difficult to read. Not so much for the “controversy” itself, though that did have me wondering. I think it was really the time of year, I lost someone very precious 5 years ago at around this time, so this story was a bit more emotional for me.The positives: the author writes well and even with a difficult subject drew me into the characters, all of them, and had me feeling their emotions. Each family member was suffering [...]


    14. What a beautiful story!  I can't begin to tell you how this book touched me.  I just put it down but it's message will stay with me forever.  It appears that Sam and Maggie have it all.  But one accident changed everything.  Can life ever be the same again?  What needs to happen so the family can heal?  With forgiveness comes healingWhat an appropriate title- WAITING FOR BUTTERFLIES Butterflies represent new life-rebirth.  This is the journey that Sam, Rachel and Olivia must take to nav [...]


    15. Make sure you have a tissue box handy when you pick this book up—you’ll find yourself reaching for it on more than one occasion as you progress through the story. Karen Sargent has written a heartbreaking, but ultimately healing journey for her characters as they come to terms with the death of Maggie, beloved wife and mother. It’s one I couldn’t help but be drawn into, and I found myself willing these characters to find their way and to reach out to one another—and God—in the proces [...]


    16. Considering all of the emotional turmoil happening in politics and the news right now, I thought I could use an uplifting story that promises grace and redemption. I appreciate stories that take into account the spiritual life of the characters. Faith is sometimes overlooked in contemporary fiction. Yet characters who have been through tragedy and had their beliefs tested can be compelling to read about. The story description gives away the fact that Maggie Blake, the mother in this story, dies [...]


    17. Before I begin with my review, I want to make a disclaimer so to speak. I read for fun. I read because I enjoy it. I understand that not everything in a fiction book is factual, which by the way is why some people look at reading as entertainment. This book has a controversial topic in it - life after death. Yes, Maggie is kind of lingering around the family after her death. But I want to point out something. In the book, the author wrote a conversation between Maggie's husband and the pastor ab [...]


    18. My Penny’s worth Immediately the Blake family consisting of Sam, the father, Rachel and Olivia, his daughters, became real as I turned the pages. The sudden death of Maggie traumatises the family, and four-year-old Olivia starts to hear her mum’s voice in all the turmoil. With Maggie becoming a lingering spirit the story takes on the form of a beautiful script. I had no problem with this imagery as God plants thoughts into our mind when we are open to His murmurings that can lead us to healt [...]


    19. Where to begin? I just finished this book at the last stretch of the last minute because life. You know that is such a valid excus-reason for everything that goes sideways when you have a perfectly planned out blog schedule. If it helps at all I am super disappointed in myself. This book was so very amazing that I wish there was more time to savor it. I mean, I own the book so that’s totally a thing that can happen, but I wanted to languish through the pages and just absorb the emotions and fe [...]


    20. "Waiting for Butterflies" by Karen SargentA beautiful emotional read about a family trying to find a "new normal" after the death of a parent. Two young girls, ages 5 and 14, are suddenly encountering a life they never expected: the death of their mother. How the two girls and their father address their grief is quite individualistic. Maggie has been given the chance to help her family heal as a lingering spirit. Only her five year old can hear her, although her husband often knows she is presen [...]


    21. A mother's love is something that can't be explained in words and is something we all relish in the here or now or miss if our mother has passed away no matter our age. No one loves like mom. The grief I felt for this family was real and raw- it hurt me to read and I really did tear up especially because I'm a mama. The family's response was one we see in real life and reality in that respect was not sugarcoated at all- we spiral into guilt, emptiness, depression, and sometimes even self destruc [...]


    22. Waiting for Butterflies by Karen Sargent is a poignant story of a family's journey through grief. Maggie and Sam had a reasonably happy life together with their two girls, dealing with the typical issues with work and family life. Then one night a head-on collision changed it all. With an interesting twist to a story of grief, readers find Maggie's spirit lingering in the home, helplessly watching her family fall apart. Sam is a police detective who struggles with faith in Maggie's God. Will thi [...]


    23. Here is a book that I was able to sink into and read almost breathlessly! As a photographer who really her misses her darkroom, I instantly connected to Maggie and Rachel in those areas. With Maggie's sudden passing, I felt for her family. I've known so many families to go through such tragic events. Sargent then adds in that Maggie is still allowed to be present, angelic like, but not an angel, spirit is fully intact. Maggie is working to help her family heal from her loss in the physical realm [...]


    24. This is a sweet story with an interesting and thought-provoking premise. I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into when the story started but it did grab my heart and kept me reading as I became more emotionally attached to the story. Waiting for Butterflies is a novel abounding with emotional highs and lows, and reveals a great deal of understanding of the individuality of the grieving process.Karen Sargent does a fine job of stating spiritual and life truths beautifully. As one pivotal ch [...]


    25. What a fantastic book from debut author Karen Sargent. Honestly I couldn't believe how well written this book was and that is was the authors first book.U was a little apprehensive and wondering how the subject of life after death and being a lingering spirit or ghost like would be handled in the book.The Blake family is trying to come to grips with the tragic death of wife and mom Maggie Blake. She leaves behind her husband Detective Sam, teenage daughter Rachel and sweet five year old daughter [...]


    26. A heart-rending portrayal of the grieving process for one family, Waiting for Butterflies will squeeze your heart with sympathy for Sam, Rachel, Olivia, and even Maggie.Each of the characters grieves in a different way. Sam struggles to be both a father and a detective. Rachel blames herself for her mother’s death. Little Olivia is okay with it because she can sense her mother with them. And Maggie watches her beloved family unravel.In the end, a mother’s love lasts beyond death. Through gri [...]


    27. Waiting for Butterflies is the debut novel by Karen Sargent. An emotional story filled with struggles of a grieving family after the lost of, Maggie Blake, a wonderful wife and mother to Detective Sam Blake, Olivia and Rachel. Maggie and Sam had agreed they would keep their children safe, only for Maggie to lose her life shortly afterwards. Sargent has Maggie’s spirit lingering with her family as they find their new norm following her funeral. Detective Sam is overwhelmed and knows he needs to [...]


    28. Waiting for Butterflies is a unique and intriguing story about what appears to be an average family in many ways, but it also covers some areas of family life that many of us have never experienced yet. What happens when we lose one of the very important members of our household through death and what happens when the person we lose happens to also be the person who "keeps the household running" like a smooth machine? I enjoyed the story. It is light and easy reading in some ways and yet it expl [...]


    29. Page turner. This book deals with death and the possibility of remaining as a spirit. I found it to be fascinating and loved it, but some people may be offended as it doesn't fit the mold of their beliefs. To me it is about the love of a mother so deep that she has to make sure her family is going to be ok. The characters are so believable and stick with you even after you close the book. The family dynamics are realistic and some of the issues dealt with are hard to read about, but show how our [...]


    30. This book has many excellent elements to it. I was very much drawn in from page one. I read this book in one day. I couldn't seem to stop reading. The writing was excellent. I really liked each one of the characters. I felt a connection to each character and felt that they were all written well. Now for the hard part. Scripture wise this book is a HUGE stretch. Now I know we can make the argument that God is God and he can do things however He likes but I really felt like it was a stretch. I wou [...]


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