The Butterfly Garden is a thoroughly satisfying book about complexities in relationships. Although classified as a Contemporary Romance, it touches on relationships between mothers and daughters, sisters, friends, and spouses.
From the back cover:
"Carefree photographer Jenny Romano is nearly as famous as her subjects. Her globetrotting life leaves little time for a serious relationship, and that's just the way she likes it. Besides, her perfect older sister Grace already occupies the role of ditiful wife and mother -- or so it seems. Suddenly, Grace needs her sister more than ever, and Jenny finds herself in the sort of small town, suburban life she swore to avoid."
"For psychologist Elliot Drake, healing pain is an around-the-clock job that keeps his own relationships short and bittersweet. Elliot has never met anyone like Jenny. Brash, outrageous, unpredictable, she's a force of nature -- nothing at all like her cool, collected older sister. She's also made it clear that she's not sticking around for long. And suddenly, Elliot's not so sure that short-term is the way he wants things..."
"Taken by surprise and unsure of the next step, Elliot and Jenny discover that real life happens whether you want it to or not. And truth gives wings to the heart's most important journey."
This story tells of fear, hope, love, yearnings and triumphs. I really loved it. This book would be an excellent book for a readers' study group. In fact, after reading The Butterfly Garden, I visited Mary Campisi's homepage and found there a list of recommended questions to use for a study group.
This is a book which delves honestly into the things which hold us back and set us free.