Monday, May 14, 2018

My Bookshelf: Flies on the Butter by Denise Hildreth Jones

Can you ever really go home again?
Rose Fletcher’s come a long way from her South Carolina up-bringing of Sunday church and Mamaw’s fried chicken. As a high-powered lobbyist in Washington, D. C., Rose has put the South behind her. But the peace and happiness she has sought eludes her. With her marriage on the brink of disaster, her mind races with the chaos her life has become.
Now Rose must head south for home. She’ll face her demons, relive her coming-of-age, and confront the issues that have kept her away all these years. It’ll take the intervention of strangers and a painful miracle of grace to help her find that place called “home” once again.

Flies on the Butter is a stand-alone novel by Denise Hildreth Jones, and it is only one of the many novels I have read by her. I have really enjoyed reading Denise’s books because I always find them to be very gripping, heartwarming, emotional novels, and Flies on the Butter is no exception. From the very beginning, I found myself caught up in Rose’s story, captivated by her “demons,” and wondering how they would all be resolved in the end. I wanted to know what caused her to be the way she was when I met up with her in this story, and every flashback to her South Carolina childhood offered a little window into where those demons came from.
The deeper I got into her story, the more I fell in love with Rose, with my own home state of South Carolina, and with the heart behind this story of finding one’s home. It’s a story of redemption. A story of finding one’s place, of opening one’s heart and life to the people around you. Rose goes through so many stages of brokenness and healing through this novel, and I found myself learning so much through her own struggles and redemption. While my own life might not be the same, pain is real for everyone, and so should be compassion. And understanding. This novel inspired more of both in me.
To be honest with you, I cried quite a bit as I made my way through the end of this story. The way that Denise brought everything to a head, bringing us to the climax of the story as Rose was coming to terms with the true reality of her life—past and present—really just brought the novel to a whole new level. I really couldn’t put it down as I was reading the last few chapters—or at all really—and I truly felt like I was right there in the midst of it all.
All in all, I really, really enjoyed this book, if you couldn’t already tell, and I’m really glad that it’s a book I have on my shelves. I can happily give it all five bookshelves, and a place on my all-time favorites list, and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone who loves a good redemption story. I really wish I hadn’t waited so long to finally get around to reviewing this novel, because I honestly should have written this while it was all still fresh in my mind and I was still feeling all of the effects of reading it, but either way, I hope you can tell how much I loved Flies on the Butter from this somewhat poorly written review. Once again, Denise wrote a fantastic novel that touched my heart, and I am so looking forward to one day reading it again.
Happy reading!

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All credit for the italicized synopsis goes to Denise Hildreth Jones and Thomas Nelson.

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