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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
I loved Butterfly Wish: A Doomed Interracial Love Affair Set in Post War South Korea by D. Davidson and R. Marcano. I loved it because I have been an American soldier stationed in Korea. I have had military buddies and been in love with a Korean girl. I have friends who married girls like the girls in the novel and I almost married one myself. The 13-month tour in South Korea can be a powerful experience and Butterfly Wish captured the fun, sadness, tragedy, and adventure that this experience can bring. I have often wished that non-military personnel could learn about this experience. Davidson and Marcano have created a book that goes a long way towards doing this. I wasn't in South Korea at the same time that this story takes place, but I was struck by how the events and the situation eerily mirrored when I was there twenty years later in another branch of service and another military post. The situation is so depressing and the human drama very heartbreakingly real. Butterfly Wish captures this angst beautifully.
The plot is real. I know. I lived it. The characters and friendships are real. I still have ex-military friends like that. The writing is good and the attention to details is right on point. Butterfly Wish is beautifully written and you will fall in love with these characters. If you have any connection whatsoever to the Republic of Korea, then you should definitely read Butterfly Wish. You will understand some of what our soldiers went through and still go through during this hardship tour. This is a rich and gripping story. It can be tense and dramatic too, but most of all, it is real.