2 stars

This is another book club book, and another disappointment. I know that a lot of people like this author’s books, but this is the second one of hers that I’ve read and I didn’t care for either one. It took a lot of effort for me to read this book and I found myself skimming more than half of the book. The author is a lovely writer, and there are several phrases and sentences that are beautiful. But overall, I just can’t get into her writing style. I don’t like books that take an entire page to describe a leaf, or a butterfly, or a tree. I know a lot of people like that. I don’t. This book goes into extreme details about the monarch butterfly. I’m sure it’s very informative, but I didn’t want to read a science lesson about the butterfly or how to study butterflies. Don’t get me wrong, I loved school and have 3 advanced degrees, so I don’t mind learning. I just didn’t want to learn the VOLUMES of information she provided. I  found it very tedious to read. The story centers on a tiny town in the mountains that is invaded by monarch butterflies. The butterflies are found on a fractured family’s land and the story focuses on the interaction between the family members, their values and their struggles. I finished the book for the club, but it was a chore to do so. I don’t think I’ll read anymore of this author’s books.