Butterflies Blue

An Interlude in San Juan, Puerto Rico (Chambers Lane Series)

Romance - Contemporary
232 Pages
Reviewed on 12/15/2020
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Author Biography

Daniel Maldonado’s parents were born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and later emigrated to New York and then California in the late 1940s. Daniel Maldonado was raised in Los Angeles, California and is currently living in Arizona.

For over twenty years, he has practiced insurance coverage and employment law. He was a former partner at the boutique law firm of Kunz, Plitt, Hyland and Demlong. He still currently practices law.

He began writing and self-publishing in 2011 with a compilation of short stories entitled “The Palace of Winds and Other Short Stories.” Since then, he has published two novellas and another compilation of short stories. He writes literary dramas and romance from a male perspective. His main series the “Chambers Lane” series addresses social/cultural/religious struggles, which are primarily focused on the fictional Mendoza family living in the United States. The first book of the series – “From the Streets of Chambers Lane” was self-published in January 2017. The second book of the series – “When Dreams Abound: A Return to Chambers Lane” – was self-published in February 2017.

In January of 2018, he signed with Next Chapter Publishing (formerly Creativia Publishing). His plans for 2020/2021 include at least 3 new novels. Mr. Maldonado is currently working on a legal thriller for his upcoming Daniel Mendoza Thriller Series. His books are available in e-book, paperback, and audiobook.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite

Butterflies Blue: An Interlude in San Juan, Puerto Rico (Chambers Lane Series) by Daniel Maldonado is an intriguing romance novella about moving forward from a painful past. After a turbulent, heart-breaking relationship, Layla Little hopes to move forward and leave the past behind. She goes on a trip to Puerto Rico with Daniel, her new love interest. While things seem promising, Layla is still hurting from her past experience and wants to take things slowly. While in Puerto Rico, she meets her former jealous, abusive boyfriend, Leon. Back in New York, Roland Lark thinks that the beautiful and softly-spoken Layla is the woman for him. Layla, on the other hand, hopes to build a lasting relationship with a man who will respect and love her.

In Butterflies Blue, Daniel Maldonado includes unexpected twists in Layla’s life from the beginning of her trip to Puerto Rico where she meets Leon. The story explores the physical and emotional abuse that Layla suffers in her first relationship. It also explores themes about family and community through Layla’s friends and family. Her friend guides Layla while she makes decisions about her love life. As a victim of physical violence, Layla’s thoughts and perspectives, and Leon’s manipulative, domineering nature offer glimpses into the aspects of an abusive relationship. Other sub-plots involving members of Layla’s family add detail to the story. The book is also unique in its exploration of a relationship that involves older persons. Butterflies Blue by Daniel Maldonado contains interesting characters and unexpected turns.