About the Book
When mysterious butterflies begin to arrive shortly after Grammy Claire’s funeral, Tara just knows her grandmother has left her a final mystery to solve. A stack of keys, notes from the beyond, and an ominous secret allow Tara to come to terms with her grandmother’s death, the complexities of her family, and the powers of love and redemption.
- What is the secret that the butterflies hold? What else does Tara learn from Grammy’s last letter?
- Looking back, what are some of the clues in the story that indicated Butler Reginald was not to be trusted?
- Grammy Claire tells Tara that each butterfly “species has its own uniquely special ability. They follow those with a pure heart. Those who love unconditionally.” What does Tara discover are her unique special abilities through this experience and how does it change her?
- In the book, Grammy Claire communicates with Tara through letters. With the advances in technology today, cell phones and email are used more commonly than snail mail. Who is someone that you would like to send a handwritten letter to? Why did you select that person? What are the advantages to sending a handwritten letter?
- Tara often describes herself as a girl who loves things in their proper order. Who in your life shares this character trait?
- The author uses foreshadowing throughout the book that hints at Madame Erial See’s real identity and true intentions. What are some of these clues? Did you see them when you first read them or only after the truth was revealed?
- The characters in the book continually evolve as the author chose to reveal information about them incrementally. Did any of your perceptions or feelings toward any of the characters change as the story developed? Which ones and when/how?
- Were you surprised by the ending—either by Butler Reginald or the true identity of Madame Erial See? Why or why not?
- Have you been to either Louisiana or Micronesia or a place similar to either? What can you share about your experiences?
- One theme in the book is that appearances can be deceiving. Was there a time in your life when something or someone wasn’t what they seemed?