by Mary Campisi

February 2003
ISBN: 0-8217-7499-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Free-lance photographer Jenny Romano, lives a somewhat nomadic life, globe-trotting around the world. Her lifestyle leaves little time for long-lasting commitments such as - a family and a home, she considers that a role for her older sister Grace. After a car accident involving Grace and her husband Grant, Grace needs Jenny more than she has ever before, so Jenny moves herself into Grace's suburban home and takes over.

Elliot Drake is a psychologist who heals the pain of others around the clock. A job that leaves little time for relationships but this all changes for Elliot, when Jenny brings her nieces to see him, they are instantly attracted to one another. Can they change their relationship habits? After spending time with Elliot, Jenny comes to realize that the life she once knew is not fulfilling her any longer and that she wants to start a new life with Elliot.

The Butterfly Garden is a heartwarming story of losing love, of a love you thought you’d never find, and then finding it at last.

Jenny was my favorite character she was so down-to-earth, she is addicted to chewing Strawberry Bubble Yum, she carries around a small bottle of lavender and chamomile (because it helps her relax), and despite all "her faults" she is still a lovable person. Drake, made the perfect counterpart to the couple he is calm and confident. I was a bit disappointed with their romance it seemed a bit rushed and the ending was not what I expected. The novel has a great secondary romance/friendship between Jenny's sister Grace and a colleague of hers Guy, and Jenny talking through her problems with her mother was another part to the secondary story. I can't wait for the next novel by Ms.Campisi.

Reviewed in April 2003 by Ronica.

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