Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Giveaway & Blog Tour: Butterfly - Elle Harper

Release date: January 15th 2014
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Grace Elliot is falling apart. Overwhelming tragedy has turned her world into a dark and lonely place. Facing the pain and the ghosts is impossible. Hiding her secret behind a mask of confidence and living a lie is the only thing she knows how to do. She’s alive…but not living.

Counsellor Ben Hardy is certain he can help Grace heal. Maybe it’s a way to rid himself of the demons haunting him from that one horrific night when his life shattered.

When they meet, everything changes, and their pasts offer them a remedy to save each other…until Ben's traumatic history threatens to destroy the trust they’ve built.

Will the truth tear them apart? Or will it force them to understand the healing power of forgiveness and love.


My Rating:

4 Stars

Favorite Quotes:

"I'm holding two things in my hands right now.  Hell and hope.  It's up to me which one I choose to follow."
"You saved me, Ben, but I was blind to the fact you needed saving too.  I wish you could see yourself through my eyes, because you're worth the fight.  You just have to realize that yourself."
"You see, I know bad things happen.  Every day.  To good people.  It's called life.  The thing is, though, when you hit rock bottom, the only place left to go is up.  I'm starting to believe that good things, special things, can come from the bad, the horrific, and the ugly.  That a tragedy can be a gift in disguise, and has the ability to turn into something positive and life changing.  Something that will help others, if you let it.  That love can heal the pain and bring meaning back to life."  

My Review:

Although a work of fiction and a story of love and romance, this book is highly inspirational on overcoming trauma, and should be read as a primer not just for the victims of atrocities, but for their physical and mental-health professionals as well.  The advice given and the process of her recovery is presented in a believable and applicable manner, and could be utilized for a variety of traumas besides the rape and PTSD suffered by the character in this story. The book is well written, modern, topical, and realistic, I could feel their tension, confusion, and indecision; as well as their hope and relief as the slow process of understanding, self acceptance, and little by little - as those all important things know as forgiveness and healing - occurred.  And in the midst of all that, there is a tender and steamy love story evolving as well, thankfully.  I fell in love with Ben before Grace did, he is the ultimate boyfriend and almost too good to be true, although he has secrets too... 
Empress DJ

About the Author
Elle Harper is the pen name of Bestselling author Sibel Hodge. She is the Amazon Top 100 Bestselling Author of Fourteen Days Later and Be Careful What You Wish For. She has 8 cats and 1 husband. In her spare time, she's Wonder Woman! When she's not out saving the world from dastardly demons she writes an eclectic mix of romantic comedies, mysteries, thrillers, children's books, and non fiction.
www.sibelhodge.com | @sibelhodge

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  1. Thanks so much for hosting me and your lovely review of Butterfly! So glad you enjoyed it :) xx

  2. Nice review. Thanks for participating!