Book Review – Butterfly Weeds by Laura Miller

by Maryse on October 20, 2012 · 29 comments

in My Book Reviews

Butterfly Weeds
Another superb book find that kept me reading non-stop until I was done. I want to say “WOW!” but this book deserves more then just a wow, for me. And anyway, “wow” is almost a little too loud for this serene yet agitating read. Deep, but in a “hopeless romantic” kind of way. Beautifully written and gentle in it’s approach. Angst-y, yes, but bathed in a delicate, reassuring tone.

It’s subdued, building slowly until your heart just can’t take it anymore, until finally you say ENOUGH please… it hurts. A little give, a lot of take, when it comes to the readers emotions, but, isn’t that what us book-angst-addicts are all about? Moments of sweet relief only to be “caught up” again in the heroine’s head. Seeing things from our perspective, and yet feeling things from hers.

This one has been brought to my attention a few times, and once I clued into a few “key words”, my TBR list shifted and I jumped in:

Kirstie: Butterfly weeds by Laura miller was amazing! Its a modern day notebook with a rockstar. I pity the book I read after it!

Mandy: I liked this book too, it made me cry at the end!

Kristie: I felt like I cried the whole book. I thought their love was beautiful!

Amy: Ok so I’m 70% in and cannot stop reading. I’m going to need lots of coffee in a few hours!!!! I have been in such a reading slump since The Sea of Tranquility but I think I may have found its match!!  And who knew I could fall in love with another Will…….

Yep. “Cry”, “rock star” (in this case – country star) and “Sea of Tranquility” were definite motivators for me. Loving a book so much that you wonder what you can read after it? I LOVE books like that, and after a few rocky book starts from my TBR list, I found myself in this one, last night. It was a reading relief despite the emotional upheaval being inflicted upon me.

Did I cry? Hehe. Oh yeah. My throat muscles were hurting so bad by the end from trying to keep it together, but at a certain point, I gave in. And gave in BIG. (thank goodness for my Facebook crew! I was not alone in my mini-melt-down).

Maryse’s Book Blog: Ok I’ve had a few start & stops reading wise over the last 48hrs, but OMG this one HAS me. It’s been mentioned a few times, and it’s just so heartwarming and sweet and I’ve been sighing like crazy. Then I hit 20-something percent and I felt a familiar ache and at 30-something percent now and my heart just stuttered. Ohhh wow I’m going to love this, I know it.

Susan: What a Great Book!! It will make your heart very heavy!!! Loved it!!!

Maryse’s Book Blog: Yes!! Very heavy now, that I had to take a break and come here for a hug. Hehe

Kim: I loved it!!!!! It is a great story. I should’ve told you a long time ago!!! I cried at this one it just was so darn sweet/touching by the end!!!

Sherry: got it !!!

Dee: Thanks for the heads up! I bought it.

Anjanette: Excited a new read for the weekend Ty Maryse

Sandra: Are we going to hold hands while we read this?? Julie just sent me the book and I’ve been in a book funk lately

Amy: I started it last night & couldn’t put it down!! Needless to say I got 2 hours of sleep this morning. It was such a sweet story that literally made me ugly cry!!! I think I finally got out of my Sea of Tranquility slump since last month. And how can you not fall in love with another Will……

Julie: Yes!! Amazing book!!  This author really keeps you on your toes til the end!

Maryse’s Book Blog: Amy  I’m scared of the ugly cry!!

Amy: Don’t be scared bc it is so worth it!!! Just be prepared since I’m giving you time to prepare. I was seriously contemplating going to the last chapter bc I needed to know the ending (and I’ve only done that once before) but I stuck it out & boy was I glad I did. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it.

Maryse’s Book Blog: Stupid ugly cry!!! It got me. Oh wow.  Okay… time to cry myself to sleep… *hug* was so good. *sob*

Mint: You get me curious, Maryse!!! I have never dropped my current read to jump into something else. But that’s about to change now.

Megan: Ha ha stupid ugly cry, okay it is now moving right up the list!

Amy: Yay!!!! Stupid ugly cry . Seriously though how could you not cry at the end… Will!

Mandy: I loved this book but it didn’t half make me cry! Great read

Debbie: Omg….I just spent the last 15 mins crying…..but we’ll worth it…thanks again maryse for your great reviews

Kristie: It was best book I’ve read! So far!

And when my husband noticed I was in my “after-book-mope-mode” he humored me, and listened to the whole thing while I recounted it. Sure enough, my voice broke when I told him the end. He nodded and and gave me his own take… said something enlightening (but I can’t say it due to spoilers). But all that to say, he “got” it. *sniff sniff* It’s just soooo beautiful.

So what’s it about? It’s somewhat of a traditional (yet contemporary) love story, reminiscent of something we might see in a blockbuster movie (my husband brought up Christmas Hallmark movie… again. rolleyes *sheeesh* that boy and his Christmas movies.). The feel of this one is… “considerate” in it’s angst. It doesn’t beat you over the head with it, or get too crazy (although… we all know I enjoy that too! *grins*). This one tenderly builds to the point of no return. OK I admit, I rolled my eyes BIG TIME, once, but only in frustration, and I was still loving it despite my need to shake someone.

Will and Julia have known each other and have been best friends since they were children. They ran through the gamut of childhood miseries (him teasing her like the brat he was), until later in their teens, she realized he was no longer looking at her with his annoying smirk. In fact, it was more of a longing gaze. And she saw him in a new light.

Yep, it was him – the same guy. He looked so different now.

The handsome man that he was becoming, the talented country singer/songwriter that would play his guitar quietly just for her.

“That’s what I’ve waited my whole life to hear,” he said, smiling, as he kissed my forehead and then retook his place beside me.

We returned to unreserved silence then, as if emptying our souls without a word. It was funny how the same lips that had always incited so much speech – usually scolding – could also take it away so effortlessly.

And what an AMAZING man he was proving to be. *sigh* Now THIS one had me swoooooooooning. There doesn’t seem to be a bad-boy bone in his body, but he’s everything that could make a girl fall head over heels. His mama raised him right! *blush* (I couldn’t help myself, I had to say it!) Wait… wait! Of course I like ‘em bad-boy (and I’m sure plenty of their mamas raised ‘em right, too). ;)  But you know. You just can’t help but fall in love with Will. And neither could Julia.

And as reality would have it, life gets in the way. Plans for the future, that just might not coincide. Can the beauty of everything they are together, everything they once gave to each other, be enough to withstand the trials of life? And therein lies the story. Is this just a matter of “high school sweethearts” moving on, or… I’ll stop there.

In the end, I had to believe that when all of the pieces were touching, they would leave behind a beautiful depiction of life. And I knew that if Will and I could somehow find a way to be together in the final act that we would always find a way to combine the jagged pieces to construct a beautiful ending.

A gorgeous, enlightening, absolutely captivating read!

I’m going to give it 4.5 stars. I want to say a 5 star read for me, except for one thing. And I can’t even say it here because it would give away too much. My husband however, gave me a different perspective on it (very sweet and I totally saw his point), but he agreed that this was the perfect opportunity to ask the author for… more. Please Laura?

Have you read it yet? Want to discuss it in detail? I’ve started a discussion forum dedicated to the book, here: http://talk.maryse.net/threads/butterfly-weeds-by-laura-miller.372/

P.S. Book #2 (Will’s POV) is out right now!!! —> My Butterfly by Laura Miller

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Kim October 20, 2012 at 12:54 PM

I knew you would like it!!!! The end of the book ahhh well I would definitely read more from this author!!!

Maryse October 20, 2012 at 12:55 PM

EXACTLY!! :)

Claire October 20, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Its only 77p on Amazon for us British peeps …..just purchased thanks Maryse :0)

Jeannie Smith October 20, 2012 at 2:50 PM

I grabbed this one – I have been looking for something to read after Sea of Tranquility.

Jeanie Vicente October 20, 2012 at 4:31 PM

OMG, just finished this 5 minutes ago & I cannot stop crying!!!! Such a good book aaarrggghhh!!! Beautiful!!! Now what to read to lift up my spirits?!?!?

Maryse October 20, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Do you want super funny, light romance, or super funny with some angst, romance?

Jeanie Vicente October 20, 2012 at 4:45 PM

A funny one would be great! I am still so affected by the ending (the book in general)!!! It was such a beautiful love story & I cannot stop tearing! I miss Will already too!!! :)

Maryse October 20, 2012 at 4:52 PM
Jeanie Vicente October 20, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Thanks Maryse, absolutely loved those books as well!!! Thinking about some of my favorite parts from those books has already made me smile! :)

Stephi October 20, 2012 at 10:53 PM

My gosh, Maryse! I am crying my eyes out. Of course, I downloaded this book the moment you posted your review and have just finished it. I cried so hard the words were blurring…I had to turn my IPad off and get it together before I continued reading!! Great recommendation and I think I will definitely be reading the Chocolate lovers series now for some good laughs.

jen October 21, 2012 at 12:30 AM

Good lord. This one KILLED me. Like a blockbuster movie is right!! I had made it through most of the book alright. Im thinking “what is she talking about with all this crying?” And then BOOM….the flood gates were opened. Thank God my husband went to bed because I was a sobbing, snotty mess. Crazy! But I love love looooved it. I thought her writing was brilliant. This is definitely on my top 10. One of those I would absolutely reread. Thank you, once again, for a fab recommendation.

Jennifer C October 21, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Oh man…. it’s downloaded and waiting for me to finish Creed!! Can’t wait!!!!

sandy sciacca October 21, 2012 at 9:52 AM

i had this on my tbr list guess it just moved up:), thanks Maryse, i’ll get my box of tissues close by before i start though LOL:)

Milagros Jovic October 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM

I cried & cried! I was lost in this book & loved every second of it! I need to talk about, I need someone to listen. I need to examine & reexamine! It was just that good. Thank you recommending

Maryse October 21, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Here you go Milagros!! I’ve started a discussion forum for it right here: http://talk.maryse.net/threads/butterfly-weeds-by-laura-miller.372/

Rhonda Beyer October 22, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Guys I’m about 55 percent in and your freaking me out… Is the a HEA please no Opportunist moments for me I NEED A HAPPILY EVER AFTER…..Should I stop reading?

Maryse October 22, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Keep reading… ;)

Nikki Weiss October 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Just finished this. Took me a day. If I didn’t have to pay attention to my kids would have been less! JK. Was such a breath of fresh air. Been reading to many bad boy books. Thank you.

Maryse October 22, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Yes!! It was touching and just… a great book to “switch it up” a bit.

Rhonda Beyer October 22, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Just finished. WOW. Loved it.

Juana October 22, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Wow, wow, wow! What a wonderful, beautiful story, I had butterflies in my stomach slot during this story! Thank you Maryse for yet another great book suggestion.

Carla October 24, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Omg! why so much people crying? It feels like somebody in the book died. Oh I just bought it. ;) Thanks for the recommendation, but now I’m scared a bit. lol

Ruth October 25, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Speechless. I loved how this book kept me captivated and enthralled. Big mistake was reading the ending right before work. I was a walking blotch. I can’t wait to read the authors 2nd book.

laura October 31, 2012 at 7:37 AM

I have just finished reading butterfly weeds im so emotional … i did not see that ending coming what a book :’(

Maryse October 31, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Heartwarming!!

Amy November 7, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Did you see Laura Miller’s post on Goodreads about the book? Here is a snippet of it:
“And to all of you who have expressed an interest to hear more about their story, there might be that opportunity, if Will has anything to say about it!”
Yeah!!!!!!

Maryse November 7, 2012 at 5:00 PM

AWE-SOME!!!! YES! Will was my heart for that entire read and I KNOW we can get something wonderful with his side of it…

Keighley November 22, 2012 at 7:25 AM

oooh this is next on my TBR, bought it as a bargain. excited after your review

geybie June 9, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Hi Maryse and everyone, does this book have a happy ending? Thanks for answering. :)

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