Review: The Butterfly’s Daughter
Luz’s mother died when she was five years old, leaving her to be raised by her grandmother – Luz’s beloved Abuela. Abuela grew up in a small town in Mexico where monarch butterflies migrate every year, so she has loved butterflies all of her life. Now she raises butterflies and teaches Luz and neighborhood children about them.
Abuela buys a car and insists that she and Luz make a pilgrimage to her village in Mexico. Luz puts her off and Abuela dies before they have a chance to go. Luz decides that she needs to make the journey in her grandmother’s honor to bring her ashes to the village in time for the Day of the Dead.
The Butterfly’s Daughter is Mary Alice Monroe‘s newest book and it does not disappoint! Luz has so much going for her but lacks confidence and I fell in love with her immediately. She has a good life, but dreams of bigger and better things. She likes to play things safe, so going off on this trip on her own was a major step for her. It felt like Abuela was guiding and teaching her. Along the way, Luz runs across some fabulous characters who help her learn and grow.
I don’t want to say too much about the end of the story because I don’t want to give anything away, but I enjoyed watching Luz grow on her journey and I was very satisfied with the ending.
There was a small paragraph about monarch butterflies, and the challenging migration they make each year, at the beginning of each chapter. I enjoyed those tidbits and would have liked to have read more about them and their importance to our environment. I have been more aware of butterflies and watched every one I’ve seen since I read this book.