The Cries of the Butterfly

A Love Story

Romance - Contemporary
789 Pages
Reviewed on 02/25/2020
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

The Cries of the Butterfly: A Love Story by Rajeev Roy is an emotionally charged and exceptionally beautiful story of love and indulgence in that love. There was a time when Wolf Butcher was a happy man. He had everything that he could ever wish for, but then it was all taken away from him in the cruelest way possible. Sad, desperate and out of his mind, he was ready to end his misery when he met beautiful Savanna. Wolf finds out that she hasn’t had the best life, but she is ready to fight until the last breath. He also meets little Robin; she is 8 years old and she is the perfect example of sunshine. Before he even knows it, he is living again. However, his happiness is threatened once more and this time he has to choose what (or who) he is going to lose. What is Wolf going to do now?

Calling The Cries of the Butterfly enjoyable and entertaining is an understatement. It is an intricate, incredibly personal and exceptionally well-crafted story that will suck you in and you will not want to put it down. Wolf is such a complex character, he feels a lot and he is the main focus of the story. I enjoyed how Rajeev Roy gave a little insight into the Butcher family and shared their stories as well. This book is a celebration of love in all its shapes and forms. There is the love of couples, of parents for their children and vice versa, of brothers and of self. The flow of the story is great; it starts out sad and devastated but, as the story progresses, you will realize that it becomes hopeful and incredibly soulful. I didn’t want to put this down for even a second!

Christian Sia

The Cries of the Butterfly: A Love Story by Rajeev Roy is an unusual romance with very interesting characters. Thirty-year-old Wolf Butcher is facing the harshest moment of his life and is about to give in to despair after losing everything, including his daughter. He thinks there is nothing left to live for, a man who once was the envy of many. But then, Savannah, a twenty-nine-year-old woman and a stunning beauty, and an eight-year-old orphan, Robin, suddenly come into his life and at a time he needs them most. The problem is: he cannot keep both of them. In this narrative, Wolf fights for nothing less than winning these people and having them in his life. But how far can he go to keep Robin and the lovely Savannah?

The surprises in The Cries of the Butterfly are manifold and delectable to discover. The plot is clever and it has an originality that pulls the reader in from the very first page. Rajeev Roy does an incredible job in capturing elements of the setting, locales in which the story takes place and he allows the cultural elements to augment the relevance of the story. The writing is highly descriptive and some of the descriptions are terrific, like “She had a haunted look in her eyes... a woman about to lose her all. And yet, there was a weird resolve to her... a woman on the most critical mission of her life.” The characters come alive in this emotionally charged and psychologically exciting story. The tension builds up through every page and moves in intensity towards a satisfying denouement. Rajeev Roy is a great storyteller who knows how to keep readers engaged throughout the adventure.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

The Cries of the Butterfly: A Love Story by Rajeev Roy is a contemporary romance story. Wolf Butcher is 30 years old and he has everything a man could possibly want. Until the day he loses everything he holds dear, including his daughter. Wolf struggles to cope but two strangers are about to walk into his life and give him back a reason for living – an 8-year-old orphan called Savannah and a 29-year-old woman called Robin. Both have had their fair share of bad luck and all three of them need saving but the powers that be have given an ultimatum – Wolf can only have one of them. He can’t accept this and is forced to make a decision that will have far-reaching effects, not just for the three of them but for the entire nation.

The Cries of the Butterfly: A Love Story by Rajeev Roy is a heart-wrenching, emotional read. There’s more than one story being told here and each of them is weaved delicately into the whole story, coming together in a fine tapestry. There are plenty of twists and turns in this well-paced story and, trust me, when I say that you will run through every emotion you know and a few you didn’t realize you could feel too. The author has developed all his characters very well, bringing their stories out gradually throughout the book. They are all likable and relatable characters, real people that you truly get to know. Five stories, all running together, in a captivating story that is far more than just your usual romance story. This has real depth to it, is emotionally charged, and will move you beyond anything you have ever felt before. A highly recommended read; even if you are not a fan of the romance genre, you will enjoy this epic tale.