Griggs is truly a master at writing characters who feel real and dealing with issues of the heart that readers can identify with. From the very first page, the reader will be drawn into the first-person account of “the woman caught in the very act of adultery” and be held spellbound until the end. When the final showdown involving all of the characters occurs, the outcome is surprising.

When Butterfly runs into her old high school friends — including her first love, Ethan — at her business, The Painted Lady Flower Shop, everything seems innocent enough. Ethan places an order of flowers for his wife. Eventually they have lunch, then confess their marriage problems and loneliness to each other. Renewing their friendship brings about a seemingly disastrous consequence when they commit adultery and are found out. Butterfly is a leader in her church and the revelation of her affair brings a lot of unwelcome attention. But did someone break the news of Butterfly and Ethan’s relationship to further their own ends? (DAFINA, Jan., 278 pp., $15.00)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie R. Sims