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Reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite
A young couple is drawn into a mysterious scavenger hunt in the romantic novel, Bury Me With The Butterflies by Scott Stevenson. Matthew and Amanda are ready to exchange city living for a country property. While on a trip, Matthew surprises his wife, Amanda, with a small detour on their way back to California, stopping in a remote spot in Sedona, Arizona. The property is abandoned and looks older than its fifty years, but something about the place intrigues the couple, and they set out to explore the rugged buildings. It is love at first sight for Matthew. As a sculptor, Matthew sees beneath the surface of the various buildings and can see their potential; if only he can convince Amanda. Inviting her to look around, Matthew stumbles on an old diary of the former owner, dating back to 1986. They decide to read the document that has been concealed for several decades.
Settling down together in the abandoned old room, Matthew and Amanda are introduced to another young couple through the diary. Enthralled, Matthew and Amanda are disappointed when it ends abruptly partway through the story. While searching for more, Matthew discovers a puzzle with a riddle that must be solved before more of the story can be found. Now, Matthew and Amanda are enticed into a wild scavenger hunt with the story of love, loss, tragedy, and possible redemption as the prize. As they hunt throughout the secluded areas of Sedona for the missing pages, Matthew and Amanda's relationship and lives begin changing. Can Amanda and Matthew find the missing pieces of the book? Will they be able to accept the changes that the mysterious story is ushering in for them?
Bury Me With The Butterflies by Scott Stevenson is a touching romance novel of love lost and love regained. The story is told from the perspective of two young couples in love, with very different outcomes. I love how the story subtly shows that nothing is static, nothing lasts forever; not even death. As the story progresses, the secondary characters become the main characters, and the reader is drawn into the past, only to be gently placed back into the present again. The author masterfully wove the stories together, creating a beautifully tragic tale of love's sweetest sorrow; loss. Just as the reader is tearfully mourning the wasted lives of one couple, they are drawn back into the other couple's love. This novel is a tender reminder that life is what we make of it, so don't let fear hold us back from true love. I recommend this novel to fans of romance - specifically men - though I am confident that all fans of romance will savor this novel.