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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
A Thousand Butterfly Wishes by Susan Haught is a heartwarming story that features love and loss, a journey towards compassion, and the incredible power of human connectedness. Meet Rachel Gowen, a woman with a difficult past that haunts her, a past she would love to keep in a compartment of her memory with a tag: “Do not open,” a woman who is promised a thousand butterfly wishes and who requires only one. Rachel is happy working in the retirement home, where she shares deep relationships with patients, but her encounter with Nico threatens to unveil and bring to light all the memories she’s resisted over the years. She also develops a great relationship with the boring Ben, the handsome British doctor. As the story unfolds, she must make decisions that will allow her to face her past or to lose everything. And what has Ambrose, the mysterious stranger with knowledge of things he isn’t supposed to know, got to do with it all?
Susan Haught’s novel is a gift, a story that is moving, and that espouses the finest of human values. Readers will love the original and compelling characters, the complex plot, and the twists that come along the way. The prose is excellent and it features powerfully descriptive and emotionally insightful passages. The themes are intelligently woven into the story and there is a striking balance when it comes to character, setting, and plot. This is an exciting story that entertains and informs readers, inviting them to walk the path of love, compassion, and patience. A Thousand Butterfly Wishes is one of those stories to read with the heart. Well-plotted and deft.