Magic in the Power of Friendship
Chasing Butterflies in the Magical Garden, by Jorja DuPont Oliva is a narrative about life’s disappointments and losses, and about the power of friendship and love to heal. It is a unique and at times enchanting look at the friendship between two women that alternates between realism and a kind of fairytale/magical realism that some readers may have difficulty getting used to. This is not a plot filled with twists and turns and surprises – but it is a charming look at a small town in the south and about how a heartbroken young woman named Lizzie learns to recover her strength through connections with others and with the world around her.
Ms. Oliva’s writing style is deceptively simple but contains a great deal of wisdom, especially about the expectations placed upon young women and about the healing power of connection. You will not find in-depth character studies or intellectual musings in Chasing Butterflies in the Magical Garden but readers willing to be taken on a slightly magical and ultimately moving journey will find the trip worth it.
From the Book Description:
Chasing Butterflies in the Magical Garden, is a story of enchanting friendships and magical bonds. After following her first love to the foothills of the Carolina’s, Lizzy returns to her small southern town to start a life without her childhood sweetheart. Everything she imagined her life would be, now veered off in a different direction. The biggest fear of it all, the unknown, the anticipation of a life not yet imagined. Lizzy goes in search of her identity and finds the lasting power of friendship. Lizzy’s childhood friend Ripley, reunites her with a former high school classmate Dee, who had been rumored to talk to the dead. Dee and her magical garden take Lizzy for the ride of a lifetime. She opens Lizzy’s eyes to the existence of everyday magic. Dee teaches Lizzy that life is not solely about living, it is also about surviving. Lizzy and Dee are both in search of butterflies in the magical garden–we call life. To each girl, the butterflies mean something different. They learn along the way, if we look beyond the things we cannot see, we may find what we are looking for.
About the Author
Jorja Dupont Oliva is a small business owner, wife, mother and animal lover. Love of reading and writing. Believes in hope and all good things life has to offer. She says that family, food and friends keep her motivated.