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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,260 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Alice Monroe Narrator: Mary Alice Monroe Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN:
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The legend of las mariposas - the beautiful monarch butterflies that every year fly more than two thousand miles on fragile wings to return to their winter home in Mexico - is Luz Avila's birthright. She learned of their ways and their mystical powers from the grandmother who was the only family she ever knew. Now it is her turn, like the butterflies, to make that long, perilous journey. In order to honor a promise to her beloved abuela, Luz must return her grandmother's ashes to her ancestral village in the mountains of Mexico. But while this ofrenda, a tradition so old its origins are lost in the mists of time, will mean leaving behind a man who loves Luz deeply, the journey promises to bring deep spiritual meaning to the life of a woman who cannot find her way into the future until she comes to terms with the past. As Luz slowly makes her way south from blustery Milwaukee in a VW Bug so ancient it has no business on the highway, a series of seemingly random encounters touches her life: a desperate mother-to-be, even younger than her, fleeing an abusive lover. An anywhere-the-wind-blows free spirit. A lonely career woman who is determined to live, really live, for the first time. It is in San Antonio, however, that a truly startling revelation awaits Luz: a reunion with a shadowy figure from her childhood. Together, they cross the border into Mexico, but they also must somehow cross the border that separates past from present, bitterness from love, and truth from lies. They will honor the memory of another beloved woman by standing in the Sacred Circle to witness the spectacular, glittering river of orange monarchs descend from the sky to return home. If they can share in this age-old ritual, perhaps they will be able to find their way back to love, and take their place in the enduring cycle of life.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Starr Allison | 2/16/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. It's an easy read and a very sweet story. It was interesting to learn about another culture and their customs. It's definitely not going to be a classic however. Nice light easy summer read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Baker | 2/15/2014

    " I liked this impossibly romantic tale of a girl who takes her grandmother's ashes back to her family village in Mexico. It provided hours of good escape and enjoyable reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy S | 2/12/2014

    " This is a story of a journey - of distance and self-discovery. Luz embarks on a trip to Mexico, to witness the annual return of the Monarch butterflys - a trip originally planned by her grandmother. Along the way, Luz meets, and journeys with, three other women, who are on journeys of their own. Luz meets the family that she had only heard about and experiences a peace and joy she had never known before. She is transformed by the experience and moves into the future with hope and confidence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 2/7/2014

    " Good summer read. Road trip girl style. Raised in Chicago by an immigrant grandma, she takes a trip in an old VW to find her relatives in Mexico and meets a mixed bag of folks on the way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Magnificynt | 2/4/2014

    " I absolutely loved this story! I connected with Luz. I plan to read more by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 1/21/2014

    " Enjoyed this adventure of friendship and self-discovery. Fun to read. Colorful characters and a satisfying ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mj | 1/18/2014

    " I especially enjoyed the information about Monarch butterflies that the Monroe included at the beginning of each chapter. She then drew parallels between the butterfly information and her characters journeys to return home. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MJ | 1/16/2014

    " A bit hookey/predictable but a nice story none the less.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/10/2014

    " Took me a few chapters to get into it -then I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 1/7/2014

    " Liked it.Fiction book that also taught me something about, butterflies, the mexican-american culture, day of the dead. Interesting and fun to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy L | 12/31/2013

    " Enjoyed -- "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 12/30/2013

    " A nice summer read that weaves the migration of the monarch butterfly into the story line...and of course, I like butterflies! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rena Pezzuto | 12/14/2013

    " This was a wonderful journey,with family tradition,friendship and transformation as apart of the story. The young woman's trip is also the migration of the Monarchs to Mexico. The characters are delightful and add a depth and energy to the book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erika Palmquist Smith | 12/13/2013

    " Wow, guys. This book is terrible. I had to finish it cuz i'm a completist, but don't bother. The plot is predictable, the characters are stupid, the dialog is unbelievable. The whole thing reads like a terribly cheesy chick flick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 9/26/2013

    " Wonderful parallels between the Monarch butterfly's migration and Luz's travels to Mexico. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 7/4/2013

    " Wonderful story about a young woman following the migrating monarch butterflies as she discovers the mystery of her mother and honoring her grandmother.. Very moving story of love and mothers and daughters. And the fascinating story of the monarch butterflies was an added bonus "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mandy | 4/12/2013

    " not the best written book i've read but it gives my brain a rest from "the reason for god." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 8/29/2012

    " This was a great book! Wonderful characters with interesting family dynamic! It was just a really good story! I'm glad I listened to it because it seems like a story that should be told! I was looking forward to this book and was not disappointed! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 4/23/2012

    " Good Story Line. Educational as well as entertaining. Felt like it was too drawn out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 3/22/2012

    " Overall a good book, not a book I would have picked up on my own. It worked great for book club though. I think it might have been better if they held off on the "secret" until farther back in the book. I liked all of the people Luz met on her journey (well her new friends anyways). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marian | 3/17/2012

    " Wonderful book so full of information about butterflies, yet loveable characters with a great plot. Loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcella Curry | 11/22/2011

    " Enjoyed the intertwining of the monarch butterfly's migration with the personal journey of 21 year old Luz. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Weibling | 9/10/2011

    " A wonderful story. Hated when it ended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patti | 8/11/2011

    " I love this author. This book didn't stack up ... I was really disappointed "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 5/19/2011

    " I just loved this book. Once I started reading, I could not put it down. Many life lessons and family, especially women relationships. I would heartily recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 5/19/2011

    " I give 4 stars to the information about the Monarch butterflies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne | 5/13/2011

    " I really liked this book. I loved all the twists and turns on her journey of discovery. It was a great read!
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MJ | 5/8/2011

    " A bit hookey/predictable but a nice story none the less.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 5/7/2011

    " Got this book right as my wife was leaving for a trip. She couldn't put it down...absolutely loved it. Highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 4/28/2011

    " Excellent book!!! Couldn't put down once I started reading. Would highly recommend this book. Will read the rest of her books. "

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About the Author
Author Mary Alice Monroe

Mary Alice Monroe is the author of nearly two dozen novels, several nonfiction titles, and award-winning children’s books. Her body of work reflects her commitment to the natural world through literature. She has served on the faculty of numerous writer’s conferences and retreats and is a featured speaker at events, both literary and conservation. Her books have achieved several bestseller lists, including the New York Times, SIBA, and USA Today, and are sold worldwide. She has been awarded the SC Center for the Book Award for Fiction, the International Book Award for Green Fiction, the Career Achievement Award for mainstream fiction by RT Book Reviews, and the South Carolina Book Festival Literary Excellence Award.