The following review was contributed by: SHERRY L.STOLL
Anna Chase and the Butterfly Girls by Jadan B. Grace is a lovely Victorian tale for young adults. Anna Chase is a widowed seamstress who does well in the local dress shop. She has a head for business and makes the world a better place for those around her. In her free time, she writes in her journal about Lady Willow’s school for butterfly girls. She shares this intricate and fanciful story with her daughter, Brandy.
Lady Willow’s beauty and grace were often spoken of in distant areas, far from Butterfly Haven. She and Lady Spiraea had started the first “Butterfly Haven Girls Finishing School”, and Butterfly People from all over sent their daughters to be groomed in the art of cultivation, to graduate Seed and Plant Mistresses.
Their school remained filled to capacity, and the nursery ranked the Highest Yield and Most Fertile of any nursery found in the lower twelve colonies.
Anna is surprised by how prosperous her work in the dress shop becomes.
Evening time found Brandy playing on the floor near her mother, and Anna, seated at a desk, writing in a notebook, the flurry of the day running through her mind, unceasingly. She wrote down several ideas for the dress shop, and ways to expand the business. In her finance ledger, she wrote down her bank deposit. “It’s growing so quickly,” she marveled.
Anna Chase and the Butterfly Girls by Jadan B. Grace is a must read for young and old. It is a delightful and heartwarming story for young women that teaches the power of women’s strength, goodness and kindness through adversity. I absolutely loved this book and couldn’t put it down. The story is wonderful, but there are a few grammatical and punctuation errors throughout.
Anna Chase and the Butterfly Girls is Jadan B. Grace’s first novel. She was born in Spokane, Washington and loves the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. She is an insurance agent that loves writing young adult adventure stories.