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Monday, August 10, 2015

The Butterfly Groove - A Mother's Mystery, A Daughter's Journey by Jessica Barraco - Book Review

The Butterfly Groove: A Mother's Mystery, A Daughter's Journey

About The Book:

A decade after twelve-year-old Jessica loses her mother, Dianne, to cancer complications, she finds herself curious about Dianne’s mysterious youth. Armed with a journalism degree, Jessica sets out on a quest to find two of Dianne’s former lovers, an old ballroom dance partner and a Vietnam war hero, along with anyone else who can tell her about Dianne.

The Butterfly Groove features Jessica’s journalistic approach complemented by reimagined portions of Dianne’s life. Part mystery, part coming-of-age story across decades, this memoir is a heartwarming exploration of how our pasts tell our truths, and how love survives us all.

My Thoughts:

A Mother/Daughter relationship is one that most women take for granted - we never think of our mother's having any other life than that of mom, or perhaps a working mom. But these women who gave birth to us have had their own lives when they were younger - sometimes they share those memories, sometimes those memories are gone or kept secret forever.

Author Jessica Barraco found her late mother's life to be one of mystery, secrets and intrigue.  Jessica's mother died when Jessica was 12, a tender age when a girl needs her mom the most.  As she grew older, Jessica found herself asking questions about her mother, but finding no ready answers. So she took it upon herself to seek out the answers she so badly needed to discover, and the secrets she uncovered were life-changing.

"The Butterfly Groove" is a powerfully emotional story that will grip the hearts of readers as they travel along on Jessica's journey to find the truth. There are moments of sadness and moments of joy represented in this fascinating story - it is one you won't forget soon.

I highly recommend this book as one both mothers and daughters would want to read together. 

About The Author:


Journalist by heart, marketing professional by day, and writer by moonlight, The Butterfly Groove: A Mother’s Mystery, A Daughter’s Journey is Jessica’s first book.

A graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Jessica published her first newspaper article at 19-years-old. Writing for Elite Daily, 944 magazine and The Denver Post, Jessica spent three years working at HarperCollins Publishers across all of its imprints, developing partnerships for both nonfiction and fiction works.

Jessica lives for romantic comedies, baking, and Broadway shows. Some of her inspirations are F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nicholas Sparks, The Nancy Drew Mystery Series, and John Krakauer.

Her writing idol, Nora Ephron, once spoke words that she lives by, “Be the heroine in your life, not the victim.” A member of the Communications Committee of Girls Write Now, a NYC mentor-ship non-profit organization, and Southern California native, Jessica is based in New York City.

- See more at: http://jessicabarraco.com

My thanks to the author for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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