Local author Suzanne Redfearn launches her sixth novel, Where Butterflies Wander

By DIANNE RUSSELL

Those who follow the work of bestselling author Suzanne Redfearn expect nothing less than an emotionally complex, tension-driven story. Her sixth novel, Where Butterflies Wander, which will be released on February 6, doesn’t disappoint.

Redfearn, a long-time Laguna resident, is the award-winning author of five novels: Hush Little Baby, No Ordinary Life, In an Instant, Hadley and Grace and Moment in Time. In addition to being an author, she’s an architect specializing in residential and commercial design. She and her husband, Cary, own two restaurants, Lumberyard and Slice Pizza and Beer.

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Author Suzanne Redfearn

The theme of Where Butterflies Wander follows in the footsteps of her other novels. The book’s underlying theme is the transformative power of love – in this case – in the face of grief and loss.

After Marie Egide loses one of her children in an accident, her family travels to New Hampshire, where she plans to sell the family estate, hopefully, to heal and move on. However, an unforeseen obstacle in the form of Davina, the River Witch, blocks Egide’s attempt to fulfill her goal.

In the process, allegiances, both of family and friends, are tested. As it unfolds, the novel brings up universal (and possibly unanswerable) questions – is there a difference between wishes in the form of spirits and reality, do we forever carry our scars – visible or not – with us and are we all deeply connected in unfathomable ways?

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Redfearn’s novel launches on February 6

Told from several points of view, which interweave to create a multi-layered story, Where Butterflies Wander is impossible to put down. Each family member deals with the loss in a different way. This is the first book in a long time that I’ve read in one sitting. Each character’s point of view allows the reader access to a distinct perspective of the story, which includes elements of tragedy, mystery, the existence of spirits and the truths we keep from each other. The varied points of view compel the reader to turn the page.

Redfearn creates a world in which the characters are deeply connected – even in ways unknown to themselves. Above all, Where Butterflies Wander carries the message that redemption come in unexpected forms.

As Davina said, “Think on a problem long enough, and you might not find the answer, but at least you’ll know the question.”

And the question Redfearn poses to this reader is, “Does fate and the butterfly effect exist?” After reading this novel, you’ll have to answer that question yourself.

For more information on Suzanne Redfearn, go to www.suzanneredfearn.com, or follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/suzanneredfearnauthor.



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