My Butterfly

Rated 4.89/5 based on 11 reviews
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This book contains intense scenes of physical and mental abuse. It also explores sexual themes of a taboo nature. Please do NOT purchase this eBook if you find such content disturbing or offensive. However, if you enjoy a story that deals with deep-seated issues, healing past hurts, and the positive transformation that ensues, please purchase this riveting tale! More

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About SJ Byrne


I love anything to do with the supernatural, time travel, Scotland...throw in a good love story and I'll read just about anything! I am a hopeful romantic to the core!

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Review by: Sheila Deeth on July 31, 2014 :
S. J. Byrne’s My Butterfly tells a tale in several parts, starting with a scary scene of sexual violence and its aftermath. But the crux of the story is the protagonist’s road to recovery, beyond the confines of psychotherapy, away from the love of her daughter, and off among the lochs and castles of Scotland. Having been to Scotland, I truly enjoyed the author’s descriptions of familiar places. I found the dialog very convincing, well-rendered with accent and dialect, though not always easy to understand.

My Butterfly deals, not just with the fear engendered by violence, or the displacement of starting a new life, but also with issues of guilt and control. Some telling scenes reveal “the world is full of all manner sexual tastes an[d] many of them are misunderstood...” as Katherine explores the balance between pleasure and pain. Twin languages of art and romance are beautifully and evocatively rendered, with pleasing humor creating a convincing picture of two people falling in conventionally romantic, but unconventionally gratified love.

Still, love is a risk, and perhaps a holiday romance is all Katherine needs... just one of many sexual choices, where time takes away the chance to control what happens next. “The intimacy level of their relationship only deepened” says the author as the tale progresses, but will it last?

Not an easy read, nor a quick one, My Butterfly asks intriguing questions, invites the reader into scenes of both pleasure and pain, has great dialog once you get past the accent. It comes to a pleasingly satisfying conclusion too, as fate plays its part.

Disclosure: I won an ecopy a while ago and I offer my honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Katie Ellison on Nov. 22, 2012 :
Such a wonderful, wonderful story. I often find it difficult to finish a book that I can't read in one sitting. But even with all the constraints of family-time, work-time . . . and play-time (LOL!!!) I just had to keep coming back to "My Butterfly" every spare moment I could. And Ms Byrne's incredible attention to detail had me smelling the air, and hearing the sounds of Scotland within minutes of returning to each page. The drama, the pain, the pleasure, the sexuality, the sensuality and the love simply pour from chapter to chapter. I actually didn't want it to end. Just lovely!!!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sharon L Reddy on Sep. 21, 2012 :
Stayed up to finish! I wasn't close to the end. Very late/early, I yelled, "Find out what it means, you dope!" I don't get into a story like that often. There were fewer typos than I've encountered in most 'big publisher' books I've read in recent years. There were a few places it could be tightened a bit and I, personally would have preferred accents be dealt with in another way, but I didn't stop reading and that's the bottom line. This story of healing and growth is a great romance and the author definitely conveyed the spirit and feeling of Scotland. Well done. Highly recommended. It was fun!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Tanger on Nov. 14, 2011 :
Lovely story. I was moved at the end. I loved Brandubh with his strong and supportive personality, and I liked the writter not to extend with Katherine`s bad experiences with his ex-husband, only a few (and hard lines) to understand her situation.

I loved it. Breathtaking
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: BeckyKY on Sep. 12, 2011 :
I hope that others will buy this book! I enjoyed every word of it and can't wait until the author publishes her next novel :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Rhonda Crosby on Sep. 07, 2011 :
ooops, forgot to add the stars on the last review. 5 stars...
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Rhonda Crosby on Sep. 07, 2011 : (no rating)
Want to take a wee trip in Scotland then this is the book for you. If you want to learn how to forgive, and accept each day for what it is, then this the book for you. If you love a book that will give you a roller coaster ride of emotions, then read this book. 2 thumbs up!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Ana Easton on Sep. 06, 2011 : (no rating)
I'm absolutely fascinated. I've read other books that were supposed to be set in Scotland, but really, it could've been anywhere. This one brings the places alive like no other. And not just the places, the characters, as well. They are so real and so easy to identify with them.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: dmslsfly on Sep. 05, 2011 :
Very Emotionally Charged Characters in Vividly Descript Settings!!!This is a very gifted and talented author who has paid EXCELLANT attention to detail. From all the raw emotions to the breathtaking landscapes. I have read hundreds of books and if I had to only keep one... It would DEFINATELY be this one! Will be happily lQQking forward to any future writings from Sj Byrne! I would DEFINATELY recommend this book to others!!!BRAVO!!!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Karen Hill on Aug. 29, 2011 :
This story takes you on an emotional roller coaster. There were times where the honesty of the characters and their situations left me in tears. A fantastic story of love, determination and survival of the human spirit. The detail was exceptional and I eagerly await the next book from this author.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Mary Sinemus on Aug. 20, 2011 :
I love this journey! Its full of emotion and innovations! A definite keeper I will return to read many times. Superb detail in the story telling. I am looking forward to the next one!!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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