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5.0 out of 5 stars so enjoyed the book that I ordered 4 to give to …

By Amazon Customer on December 19, 2015

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my 1st book review:so enjoyed the book that I ordered 4 to give to friends. I became emotionally connected to all the characters, enjoyed the historical content making me feel right there in the midst of the story, and the descriptive detail of the food & travel. I wasn’t ready for the story to end & immediately read the sequel. Thanks to the author for investing her time to write about people I related to and places I would enjoy visiting.

Great Read!, October 23, 2014

By Barbara A, (Oceanside CA)

I am a sucker for romance novels but I also like a story that follows a historical time line and this book is a little bit of both. I am looking forward to the sequel.

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September 17, 2014

A riveting story, well constructed, well written and visual. What a delight to read a book that tells a solid story and that story is one worth telling. The writing is crisp and clean. Not a book you would easily put down. Congrats to you on creating a winner.
Mary Barr – British Columbia

5.0 out of 5 stars A Page Turner, September 16, 2014

This review is from: The Peacock Butterfly (Kindle Edition)

I so enjoyed reading this novel. The characters are well formed and you feel like you know them intimately. The scenes cover substantial ground time wise and you see how the characters develop and change. This is a real page turner-unusual for a non-suspense novel. My only complaint is that the picture of the front cover in Amazon looks like there is a sinister eye on the Butterfly. Marcia

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5.0 out of 5 stars …August 23, 2014
By David Bryant – review is from: The Peacock Butterfly (Kindle Edition)
Stretching a book over a period over fifty years is not an easy prospect. It’s difficult enough to keep on track when dealing with one historical decade. J.V. Lamotte’s courage in tackling the challenge pays off handsomely in this story of two families. We start by walking step by step with our heroine Nena through World War II and we end up in the far different age of 1990. It’s a history lesson on the second half of the 20th Century and the big events of those days revolve around the lives of the protagonists. The storytelling makes those people real and makes the reader share their ambitions, understand their shortcomings and will them to make the right decisions. There are plenty of high and low moments on the way. This is a five-star book.

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April 29, 2014 – Review by Jean Hayworth, Life Editor of the Breckenridge American and retired teacher and author

I read your delightful book and enjoyed the saga of two families, unfolding from World War II and forward with all their hopes and dreams. I thought it was really well written and everything became tied together very neatly with some underlying themes along the way. The subtle use of the Peacock Butterfly was slid in periodically and was always a pleasant surprise. Not everything works out peaches and cream in real life and you handled the characters with slight flaws quite well. The personal tragedies were handled gently but honestly. People don’t always react to bad situations the way we want them to and you handled the death of the young man with careful tenderness but honesty. Your characters were allowed to make new dreams when the initial ones didn’t work out and we call that reality. A very enjoyable book and I am looking forward to the sequel this fall.

A UK book review of The Peacock Butterfly posted by Diana J. Febry (March 16, 2014). 

The Peacock Butterfly by J.V.Lamotte Outside of my usual genre but I thoroughly enjoyed this family saga.

The book followed two families who became linked by marriage from 1940 to 1990. It was very well researched both in terms of location and historical accuracy. Important historical events were used as a back drop but this was a story about two families who were both ordinary and extra-ordinary…, as all families are. They had their faults and strengths, doing their best to cope with the ups and downs, tragedies and accomplishments of modern living. Sometimes the family binds hurt, other times they sustained individuals in their struggles, in a very realistic way.
The book took a while to “get going” and then it silently crept up on me. I read the first half thinking, ‘well this is an interesting, pleasant story.’ By the mid point I really cared what happened to the family members. Towards the end I was shouting, ‘Benny, what are you doing?’

This was rounded off by a very powerful ending. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys family sagas and appreciates historical research. But I can also recommend it to anyone who likes a story about real people and their relationships.

4 Sep 2013: A review from Scotland posted on Amazon UK
Poignant and thought provoking,

By Beatrice Clark This review is from: The Peacock Butterfly (Kindle Edition)

Much research has gone in to the facts of the timeline of events by the author. Like the colourful and complex wings of the peacock butterfly, a story gradually unfolds as we venture through the years and world events which come to mou…ld the characters. The author’s character detailing helps us have a profound understanding of the characters. Their beliefs, their failings, successes, and their reasonings on their outlooks on life, how actions and attitudes of others have made them so. A subtle glimpse into the narcisistic behaviour of a mother and how that in itself can have a profound effect on a child’s outlook. A poignant reflection on ourselves and quite possibly a look at how life cycles can manifest yet be turned around. All it takes is someone to have faith and understanding. We have a terrific character, a backbone of unconditional understanding, who comes to the fore. Questions resolved or concerns unanswered, what matters and what really doesn’t. The ripple effect of the rich tapestry of life is enveloped well in The Peacock Butterfly. This is my first review. I hope it will encourage you to read this book.

August 26, 2013 – Janet G. wrote – “I actually raced through your wonderful book, The Peacock Butterfly. I would love to read a sequel as I feel connected to Nena and as for Ben, I would love to see him “straighten out” somehow and move forward……… Thank you, you made my two days of reading extremely pleasurable.”
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, interesting book with a story from times past., May 24, 2013

By fire105 “ALLAN” (CALIFORNIA) – See all my reviews

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Extremely well written book that will capture your interest and heart until the end.
It brings all the characters to life especially the main characters, I felt like I knew
them all. This was well worth reading, and is not disappointing–beginning to end.

On Facebook Connie Archer posted on The Peacock Butterfly’s timeline

“I loved the book! I have been telling all my friends to please read it and share. It brought back so many memories of my childhood.”

A quote from Susan D. Crabtree – Boca Raton, Florida, February 14, 2013,

“Each character in the book was very believable. I liked Nena’s character as the reader shares in her development as a daughter, sister, wife, business woman and mother. Also loved Buddy, and wished he had married!!!! Well developed story line.”

A quote from Margaret Carsberg, a reader in the UK,

“I enjoyed [The Peacock Butterfly], and was delighted to see the references to New Canaan and other places we have been to.  It brought it so alive.

Many congrats.  Lady Margaret Carsberg  UK
November 23, 2012”

A quote from Elaine Cavazzi, a reader in Florida,

“The description of tea at the Ritz in London made me feel I was actually there. I could visualize myself at the Palm Court experiencing the décor, the menu, and the overall ambiance as Helen did. Made me want to get on a plane and head for London.”

3 People Reviewed This Item

    By Maureen Stapfer
    May 13, 2012
    The Peacock Butterfly is a tribute to history. Go buy this book! You will be enthralled by this fast moving novel of great love, heartache, deception, as the well developed characters in these families move the reader through times of personal greatness and disaster, to the power all people have when they dare to dream. To say this is a great read is an understatement!! I hope they make a movie of this wonderful book!!!!! Cudos Ms Lamotte! Ben Affleck, are you listening???
    By Steven M Paris
    May 13, 2012
    What a great story! I could NOT put it down! The imagery was so real and the place names brought back memories for me. I HIGHLY recommend The Peacock Butterfly – I am telling all my friends, relatives and business colleagues to read it. Congratulations and thank-you to Ms. Lamotte for writing and publishing such a great American novel!
    By rodericklavallee
    May 12, 2012
    This is s great read with human insights, wisdom, emotions, romance, food, travel experiences and history that will capture your imagination
    Highly recommend July 10, 2012
    By Elaine
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    I highly recommend this book. Ms Lamotte has such a gift of storytelling and observation. She has a masterful ability to create a variety of authentic times and locations for the story. I agree with previous reviewer……hope there is a forthcoming movie!

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