The Patron Saint of Butterflies by Cecilia Galante

Challenge #7 ~ “A book with an animal on the cover or in the title.”


★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

My opinion in three sentences:

Things from the blurb seemed a little too obvious, as in you could tell what was going to unfold, and so I was a little hesitant at reading. However, The Patron Saint of Butterflies blew me away with a strong, heartfelt and meaningful narrative portraying a fantastic collection of relatable characters. Sure, on the whole Galante’s discussion of religion feels a little negative, but she addresses several important themes with sensitivity and research.

(Without ruining anything) the best bit:

I really loved the characters in this book. They each had their own distinctive feel, voice and were totally relatable. Despite everything that happened, Galante kept them realistic as well, developing them as the novel progressed, and forging a deeper place for them in the reader’s heart.

A warning for the book:

Elements of the plot are pretty predictable – I mean, I knew who Lillian was going to be as soon as she was introduced, which took away a little of the surprise or suspense, but it didn’t stop it being an enjoyable read.

Recommended for fans of:

  • No Parking at End Times by Bryan Bliss
  • Undone by Cat Clarke
  • Without Annette by Jane B. Mason

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