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The Black Butterfly

VOYA Magazine

"Penny’s mom is off on another ghost-hunting trip, sending Penny to spend Christmas with an old, previously unmentioned friend in a swanky old hotel on a small, wintry island. Miserable, Penny prepares for a rotten holiday but instead finds new friends and, astonishingly, a love interest. Ironically, she also finds the hotel is haunted and re-evaluates her mother’s life while trying to keep her own safe from a mysteriously angry and jealous ghost.

…She is a wonder-filled gateway into the quirky hotel, Black Butterfly, and the sumptuous, lavishly described cooking of chef Rita…George [the love interest] is charming, and his past with the hotel and the island adds to the lived-in feel of the setting… Their relationship grows in a swoon-worthy rush over the course of a week and is fun to follow… Along with romance, Penny also spends her time meeting the Butterfly’s two ghostly residents, going on dream journeys, and learning about her mother. It is all a bit of a mess, but a delicious one, and the family relationships and other hotel residents provide enough grounding to make it work. By book’s end, Penny’s home life looks different…most of the mysteries have been solved, and she is looking forward to a summer of more heavy smooching."
- Lisa Martincik , 

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