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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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