By Fabian Foley
Kindle version, file size 796 KB; © 2023
Paperback, 327 pages; © 2023
Where is Ash? He never came home, and only Bimba knows he’s missing. She doesn’t know what happened, but she has to find him. Yet how is a small dog with no bark going to tell anyone he’s gone?
This is a delightful story, told from several different points of view, including that of Bimba—a small, golden-haired terrier who is devoted to her “hoomans.” In each chapter, we see unfolding events through the eyes of Bimba, JD, Mrs. B, or Meko, and can better understand their perspectives.
Each character struggles with their own internal challenges, growing and changing as their stories intertwine. The common thread throughout is Bimba, with her near-tragedy, her dogged determination to heal, her adorable personality, and her resolve to find Ash. She never gives up, even though she grows to love the other hoomans who come to be part of her life. The adorable little terrier seems to sprinkle positive change on those around her, bringing people together in ways they would never have expected.
With Foley’s simple yet stirring writing style and the story’s timeless messages, The Man With the Butterfly Mind could be easily enjoyed by younger readers or adults of all ages. An emotional tale, deeply meaningful and light in turns, its characters grabbed me from the start and carried me through their ups and downs. In the end, this heartfelt story left me feeling warm and hopeful. Definitely a good, upbeat, and encouraging read.