Scent of Butterflies by Dora Levy Mossanen

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I received a free copy of Scent of Butterflies from Sourcebooks for my honest opinion.

About the Book:

A novel singed by the flavors of Tehran, imbued with the Iranian roots of Persepolis and the culture clash of Rooftops of Tehran, this is a striking, nuanced story of a woman caught between two worlds, from the bestselling author of HaremCourtesan, and The Last Romanov.

A Love So Deep Can Forever Scar the Soul
Such audacity she has, Soraya, a woman who dares to break free of the diamond-studded leash of her culture. A woman who refuses to accept the devastating betrayal her husband has perpetrated. A woman who refuses to forgive her best friend.

Soraya turns her back on Iran, fleeing to America to plot her intricate revenge. The Shah has fallen, her country is in turmoil, her marriage has crumbled, and she is unraveling. The cruel and intimate blow her husband has dealt her awakens an obsessive streak that explodes in the heated world of Los Angeles.

Yet the secret Soraya discovers proves far more devastating than anything she had imagined, unleashing a whirlwind of unexpected events that will leave the reader breathless.

About the Author:

Born in Israel and raised in Iran, Dora Levy Mossanen fled to the United States at the onset of the Islamic Revolution. She is the recipient of the San Diego Editor’s Choice award and the author of Harem and the international bestseller Courtesan, which have both been translated into numerous languages. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and a graduate of the USC masters of professional writing program. She lives in Beverly Hills, California. 

My Opinion:

This is a tough one for me. I actually finished this book a bit ago but I keep thinking about my feelings about it. I did not end the novel with any kind of good feelings. I despised all of the characters and several times while reading it I found I was asking myself why I was bothering to finish it. Perhaps I was hoping for some return to sanity? Some manner of it all making a tiny bit of sense? I have no clue. So here goes nothing….

Soraya marries Aziz and finds she loves him so very, very much that she cannot share him with anyone. She perpetrates a fraud but feels her betrayal is A-OK because she does it out of love. He screws around with her best friend and Soraya goes off the deep end; she leaves Iran for Los Angeles, she rents a house and starts killing and mounting butterflies. You see, her (former) best friend’s name means butterfly. She also starts cultivating a rare, tropical plant that is poisonous. Don’t ask how she learns this….

And I haven’t even covered the weird stuff yet.

Sooooo, where to go from here? The characters were well developed, just hateful. The plot was detailed, well drawn and full of twists, just ugly. I really, really did not like this book.


You can pre-order Scent of Butterflies on (releases 1/7/14)
You can pre-order Scent of Butterflies on Sourcebooks (releases 1/7/14)

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of Scent of Butterflies from Sourcebooks for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation for this post.


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