08 May 2021

Review of Butterfly Cottage by Teresa S. Mathews


Butterfly Cottage by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Hearts Overcoming Press

5 Stars*****

I have been following author Carrie Fancett Pagels since she first started writing and her books have always been more to me than just an enjoyable read. During this journey I have come to realize Ms. Pagels’ love for the Straits of Mackinac, and Mackinac Island, flows from deep in her heart, right onto the pages of her books.

Dawn Charbonneau has until September to decide when she is retiring from her travel agency, if it wasn’t for this nagging medical problem, she might hold out a little longer. When her hubby Jim, of almost 50 years suggests that she go a little early to their summer Cottage at the Straits of Mackinac, near Mackinac Island, Dawn once again invites their daughter Tamara and granddaughter Jaycie to come and to her delight they accept. 

Tamara Worth was so ecstatic to have won Teacher of the Year. Wanting to celebrate with her husband of almost 25 years, Brad, she decides to surprise him with a romantic night out. When she goes to pick him up at the local gym, she is the one that is surprised and devastated. Not only is she dealing with an unknown medical problem, now she has another life crisis. When her mom suggests she meet her at their beautiful family cottage for a time of relaxation and perhaps healing, Tamara agrees.

Jaycie Worth, soon to be archaeologist is worried that she hasn’t yet gotten her summer internship, or any assistance for fall classes so she can continue her studies at Oxford. She was also hoping to hear those four little life changing words from her handsome boyfriend. Instead, her life takes a totally different turn, and she finds herself on a plane headed to meet her Mom and Grandmother at Butterfly Cottage, a place that has always been special to her since childhood. 

Butterfly Cottage had my emotions all over the place. I’ve loved all of Carrie’s books but this one spoke to my heart so many times that I continued to reach for my tissues. The characters and storyline enticed me to continue reading just to see if the storms of life each one encountered could turn out to be as beautiful as the flowers and butterflies on Mackinac Island on an enchanting summer day.

Thank you, Carrie, for sharing your heart with us in what I’m sure will be an award-winning novel. If it were possible, I would give this story a 10-star review.

 *I received an ARC of this from Hearts Overcoming Press and the  author but was in no way required to post a positive review. *

You may purchase a paperback or ebook copy of Butterfly Cottage on Amazon.

Carrie is giving away a copy of  Butterfly Cottage to one blessed commenter.  Please leave your email address in case you are the winner! 


  1. I love the cover for BUTTERFLY COTTAGE. Makes me want to visit.


    1. Thank you Mary! The designer, Evelyn LaBelle did a great job!

  2. Thanks so much, Teresa, for this beautiful review and endorsement! Your words really touched me! I'm glad you've enjoyed the Mackinac Island stories and I pray we can get you up there sometime soon!

    1. Carrie I am so glad I was able to read Butterfly Cottage. It would be a treat for sure to go to Mackinaw. You'll have to pray for me to have more courage so I can take my first flight! haha

  3. That’s a beautiful cover on the book! Looking forward to reading it. I’d love to go to Mackinac Island but very much above the budget.

    1. This is a cheap way to do a story world visit to the island! Thanks for coming by!

    2. megsmom I agree that cover is outstanding. Just looking at it makes you want to read the book and pretend that you are there. At least that's what I did. :-) Thanks for coming by OWG.

  4. Hi Teresa and Carrie! Your review is awesome, Teresa! The cover of Butterfly Cottage is absolutely gorgeous. It’s very Spring like! I would love to visit Mackinac Island sometime! Thank you for the chance.



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