From the outside Tara Doucet seems to have everything going for her, but no one sees the struggles that her family has. Her parents are divorced with her father not really wanting anything to do with her or her sister Riley. Her Mamma hasn't been the same since her dad left. Her sister Riley can be unkind and distant. The one constant that Tara can count on is her Grammy Claire, and even she has lived thousands of miles away on an island. Now things are worse, because as Grammy was coming to visit, she was in an accident and didn't survive. The funeral was the day before, and Tara is still inconsolably crying in her room. Then the first butterfly comes, it's beautiful deep purple and lemon yellow and it seems to bring a kind of music with it. Her Grammy had always loved butterflies, maybe this one is a gift from her. Things take a dramatic turn though, when Tara gets a letter from her Grammy telling her to go with her former butler, Reginald Godwin and telling her she has a mystery to solve. Tara is thrilled to have one last link to her Grammy, but confused as to what the letter refers to. It's up to Tara to eventually figure everything out, and hopefully unite her family in the process.
This was such a cute book! I really liked Tara, which is kind of funny, because in Kimberly Griffiths Little's other books, you see Tara in a different way and that way is not very flattering at all. Tara is a smart girl, she's able to figure out all of her Grammy's clues and keep herself alive. I liked the mystery that Grammy set up for her to find out, and the end, wow! It was full of adventure and kept me guessing right until the last page. I really loved that it is a middle grade book, but great fun for moms to read too!
I was able to borrow this book from my local library.
Labels: Kimberly Griffiths Little, middle grade book