Monday, February 26, 2018

Book Review: 'She Only Speaks to Butterflies' by Sandy Appleyard

Canadian author Sandy Appleyard writes memoirs and romantic suspense. Though she has been actively writing since middle school she first found employment as an Administrative Coordinator for a large multinational corporation following her graduation from Humber College. Leaving her position for maternity leave in 2006 and she became a stay at home mom, writing memoirs about her family and her life as a victim of Scoliosis - and thus started the second career as a writer full time. Adding to Sandy's complex life was her husband's diagnosis of a rare and incurable autoimmune disease that robs him of energy and forces him to grossly limit family activities and constantly monitor his health. Now with her writing not only as a source of fascination but also as the source of income for her family Sandy has become active in not only the writing of novels but also in the marketing of them. `Writing is my full-time career and it's because of the unselfish support of my husband that I've been able to pursue my passion and my dream. Now it's my turn to give back to him.'

Sandy has launched her `Meaningful Suspense Series with this Book 1 -SHE ONLY SPEAKS TO BUTTERFLIES. It seems this is her ninth book already. Her opening chapter contains as much suspense as many a full book, and in the midst of the realistic mystery we very quickly grow to know Sherry and Denise and glimpse at least a dream of what lies ahead.

The author's synopsis is well condensed and without spoilers: `Sherry's husband is dead, the victim of a tragic accident and in addition to her own profound loss, her traumatized daughter Denise loses her ability to speak. The town she's raised her child in is being set aflame and nobody knows who is responsible or why. Sherry is alone, facing her worst fears while the town pulls together to keep everyone safe. She prays the culprit will be found before it's too late, but her instincts predict otherwise. When a new face arrives in town, Sherry realizes she isn't the only one who has lost, and more importantly, that there is much more she could lose.'

With a charming form of dialogue and with the technique of placing backstory in the readers' hands by reveries in typeset in italics, Sandy knows how to get her story across very successfully. She has mastered that essential small town warmth and ambience as well as anyone writing. Sold book, this. Grady Harp. July 15

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