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Extended Audio Sample The Patron Saint of Butterflies (Unabridged), by Cecilia Galante
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,033 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cecilia Galante Narrator: Lydia Rose Shahan, Julie Swenson Publisher: Full Cast Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN:
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Best friends Agnes and Honey, age 14, live at Mount Blessing, a religious commune. Though the girls have been best friends since they were children, differences in faith are beginning to to trouble their relationship. Agnes is striving to be saintly. Honey is desperate to escape the commune and experience the outside world.

The commune itself, headed by the charismatic Emmanuel, is orderly, well run. But it's hiding a dark secret, a secret discovered by Agnes's grandmother, Nana Pete, on her annual visit. When a medical emergency forces Nana Pete into action, the girls begin a painful journey of discovery that threatens to sever their bond forever.

The fact that the author once lived in a place like Mount Blessing adds powerful authenticity to this moving novel of faith, betrayal, and redemption.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 2/4/2014

    " I took my class to the library to select books, and I needed one as well. I wanted to stray from my to-read list for this book, so I asked our librarian to help me out. She recommended this book, and I am really glad she did because I would have never read it on my own. The book is about 2 girls who live in a religious commune called Mount Blessing, which, had I picked this up on my own, I would have never thought I would have been interested in. It is told from both girls' point of view with each chapter either being dedicated to Agnes or Honey (the two girls). I like that each girl gets her own font for the chapter in which she is represented. What I liked so much about this book is the internal conflict Honey goes through and how she ends up resolving it in the end. It is not perfect, but then again, life is not perfect, so I thought this was very realistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christen | 1/30/2014

    " This was a fascinating look into life in a cult. I loved the contrast between the two girls, Agnes and Honey. Well written, with an interesting twist near the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 1/30/2014

    " I didn't care for either the content nor the writing of this book. I felt the characters were somewhat shallow and lacked depth. They were too polarizing on the spectrum and lacked a genuineness. I can perhaps see why the author chose to cling to generalities and stereotypes, but I felt it would have been more effective if the characters were a little more complex in their own right instead of representing extremes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie Fisher | 1/19/2014

    " Truly, a must read.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan Funke | 1/18/2014

    " I now believe that if you've read one young-girl-grows-up-on-religious-commune-and-gets-abused-but-then-sees-the-light-and-stands-up-for-herself book, then you've read them all. However, if you haven't read any of those books, then this is a decent one. I can understand how this book would be popular following the bust of the polygamous cult in Texas that made all those teen girls homeless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/17/2014

    " Interesting story about a religious cult and the friendship between two girls. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/17/2014

    " Every now and then I like a little youth fiction. In fact, I find when it;s good, it's REALLY good and often better than the "grown up" variety. This well-written story not only caught my attention but kept it and I zoomed through the book. I'm actually sitting here pouting that it's over. ;-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/17/2014

    " A tale of two "sisters" whose lives are intertwined while going down different paths. Trust and mistrust, love and fear, loss and rescue are all in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Onetwothree | 1/6/2014

    " **On website, reviewabook123.blogspot.com** "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 12/28/2013

    " i had to read this for summer reading so i wasn't expacting it to be anything great but boy was i wrong! this is such a fantstic and gripping book i couldn't stop reading1 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 11/16/2013

    " One of the Sequoyah nominees, great young adult/teen read! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelley | 8/17/2013

    " I had a hard time buying the details of this book and believing it, which totally prevented me from getting into the characters - perhaps it's more believable as a teen? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 5/26/2013

    " Better than I thought it was going to be. Not subtle, but a story well-told. Two voices, religion, family. 3.5, but I'm rounding up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 4/8/2013

    " So well-written and compelling--couldn't put it down. Agnes, Benny, and Honey's experience being raised in a commune and their escape with the help of Nana Pete is unforgettable. The author's own life experience being raised in a commune informs the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 1/8/2013

    " Good but not terrific. Fast-paced, well-treated and interesting topic, but it was all a little too predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 10/9/2011

    " It was a great book. It's a young adult book, but I think any adult would you also enjoy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 9/13/2011

    " 2011-2012 Young Adult Golden Sower. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seabirdicat | 7/27/2011

    " I don't hate very many people. But I simply can not stand anyone who brainwashes people, especially using fear tactics. It heavily disturbs and enrages me. That made this book a little bit hard to read but it was good. And justice prevails, in the end so I was alright. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 7/11/2011

    " This story was so well told. I loved the different voices of the girls and appreciated how distinct each one was. I eagerly look forward to more books by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 6/22/2011

    " Great YA book! For girls! YA Golden Sower nominee this yr. The topic was interesting, one I hadn't read much about before. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 6/6/2011

    " Awesome story of friendship and bravery with a mystery thrown in for good measure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 4/8/2011

    " It's about a friendship between two best friends: Honey and Agnes.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 4/3/2011

    " An excellent exploration of religious cult life from the viewpoint of two very different friends, Agnes and Honey. It broke my heart, and I love it for that. Haunting in its realism. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie | 3/16/2011

    " It is always interesting to look inside a religious cult/commune even if it is fictional. I guess it's hard to imagine just going along with abusive practices and not speaking up or out about it especially for the grown ups in the story. "

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