Several months ago, I submitted “A Butterfly’s Journey” to this annual Writer’s Digest contest. It received a rating of 4-5 on a scale where 1 = “needs improvement” and 5 = “outstanding”.
Below is the review:
A Butterfly’s Journey… Healing Grief After the Loss of a Child
This is a sensitive, well written book. The author has good storytelling skills and weaves action and dialogue to guide readers into the scenes of her journey. She does a good job of using the senses to engage the reader.
I like the way she tells each person’s story instead of summarizing the whole thing. The author does a good job of building suspense through the part about rushing to and through the airport, encountering several obstacles. The author also describes what things felt like using physical description like nausea instead of global adjectives like afraid. It is skillful writing technique.
The cover is very nice and so is the choice of stock… (and) I like the reflections sections…
More than a story of loss and grief, this book also gives readers ways to cope with their own losses. Such readers will easily relate to this author’s story. The resources at the end of the book are helpful to have included. I also like the personal poetry and the end.
Judge, Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards