I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Dog and Butterfly by John Philip Riffice
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on May 24th 2013
Genres: Historical, Young Adult
From John Philip Riffice, critically acclaimed author of Waiting For Pops, comes a poignant story of fate and the beguiling art of moving on. 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.
What a gorgeously painted background and set of characters. Now, being the honest book reviewer that I am, I have to admit that I almost didn’t agree to read this one based on this cover. I know, I know… we’ve all heard the old adage saying don’t judge a book by its cover, and in this case it is true. There is so much in here that I felt swept away. The dialogue was fantastic but honestly John’s ability to write and describe the world he’s writing about was beautiful.
The idea of really getting to know someone through letters may not be knew but the way John Riffice is able to deliver us into those letter is what kept me reading. The only downside to this one is at 344 pages it may be a bit long but even as my mind started wandering a bit, I knew that I would want to stick it out and finish this one. The changing in point of view may have had something to do with that as I don’t love changing pov’s but I am very glad I stuck it out with this one because things come out that are closer to the end!
Really interesting read with philosophical undertones that anyone can learn from. I think many will enjoy this one!Do you enjoy reading books with philosophical undertones? What do you guys do if you don’t like a cover?