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I previously reviewed the Dog and Butterfly: Letters Home by John Philip Riffice in February 2014 on one of my other blogs, Momma Frugal’s Book Reviews. I am in the process of transferring all of those reviews over to this site. I thought it would be a great way to bring this books back to the forefront.
This review is for Dog and Butterfly: Letters Home by John Philip Riffice.
The author takes you to Oklahoma and introduces you to the Freeland Family. Jimmy and his Mother Charlotte are faced with unplanned circumstances when her husband and Jimmy’s father, Billy passes away. They move in with his brother, Cam as a temporary respite. Unbeknownst at the time, Uncle Cam is exact what Charlotte and Jimmy need.
The author does a terrific job with his writing. You are able to stay focused in the story. This story could easily have been someone’s life. It’s nice to read a book that you could actually imagine the story line happening.
This is a great book and I highly recommend it!
About the Book:
From John Philip Riffice, critically acclaimed author of Waiting For Pops, comes a poignant story of fate and the beguiling art of moving on, in the book, Dog and Butterfly: Letters Home. After his brother’s untimely passing, Cam Freeland takes in his sister-in-law and four year-old nephew, Charlotte and Jimmy, just until they get on their feet and find a place of their own. But that day never comes. Cam enjoys having them in his life, and they enjoy being there. Cam raises Jimmy almost as though the boy were his son, forming a bond of love, respect, and friendship that will last beyond a lifetime. In doing so, young Jimmy slowly discovers that his uncle Cam is far nobler than he could have ever imagined, a stand-up guy in every respect.
Except one. Cam has a skeleton in his closet, one which shames him terribly, and fate calls on Jimmy to investigate further. He does, and the secret he uncovers surprises him. And so does the next. And the next after that. But the biggest revelation of all lies in Jimmy’s discovery that fate controls every aspect of his life and that there are no accidents and there are no coincidences, just as Uncle Cam had always told him.
About the Author:
Author John Riffice passed the first half of his adult life working in heavy industrial construction. After a serious work-related injury, he pursued a lifelong interest in teaching and took up a career in education, culminating in a rewarding life instructing children with disabilities. This experience, coupled with his understanding of the challenges facing single parents as well as all the intimacies of alcoholism, enable him to weave interesting tales of love, friendship, betrayal and deceit. He demonstrates an uncanny ability to paint a unique literary landscape as seen through the eyes of both children and mature adults. He has a grown daughter and lives in Chicago with Karen, his wife of twenty years.
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