The Butterfly & The Snail

By Mary Sullivan Esseff

Literary fiction | Paperback, Hardback, eBook


A tenor's voice, passionate and pure, draws shy Rebecca Butler into the Studentenheim's crowded social room. Finished singing, Khalil Khoury notices her sitting alone, joins her, then notices no one else. Georgetown University's 1964 summer program opens; Salzburg's magic begins. The Butterfly & The Snail interweaves several heartfelt encounters, creating a fabric of love and intimacy that transforms their lives forever. On one outing, Rebecca loses her footing and tumbles down Untersberg Mountain. Khalil risks his life-and almost loses it-to save Rebecca from falling off the peak. Two days later, Rebecca discovers a newborn butterfly and then spies a snail picking its way up the path. These creatures come to symbolize this couple's extraordinary relationship. Relaxing on Gaisberg's hillside, Rebecca reveals the turmoil she's had to overcome to gain inner peace. Yet, she confesses, her heart's desire-love-has eluded her. When Khalil reacts with sympathy and compassion, she desires that powerful, mystical love radiating from within him. She asks, "How can I love like you" His answer binds them together forever. Six weeks later, the program ends. As Rebecca says good-bye, Khalil hands her an envelope: "Not to be opened until out of Salzburg" Is this his auf Wiedersehen or the beginning of a deeper relationship? Discover if their magic continues beyond Salzburg.


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A tenor's voice, passionate and pure, draws shy Rebecca Butler into the Studentenheim's crowded social room. Finished singing, Khalil Khoury notices her sitting alone, joins her, then notices no one else. Georgetown University's 1964 summer program opens; Salzburg's magic begins. The Butterfly & The Snail interweaves several heartfelt encounters, creating a fabric of love and intimacy that transforms their lives forever. On one outing, Rebecca loses her footing and tumbles down Untersberg Mountain. Khalil risks his life-and almost loses it-to save Rebecca from falling off the peak. Two days later, Rebecca discovers a newborn butterfly and then spies a snail picking its way up the path. These creatures come to symbolize this couple's extraordinary relationship. Relaxing on Gaisberg's hillsi...


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In 2013, Mary Sullivan Esseff, published her inspirational first novel, The Butterfly & The Snail. In May, she is preparing to launch its sequel, Wedding Tales, Book One: Love's Journey. She plans to publish the third in the Rebecca Butler-Khalil Khoury series, Wedding Tales, Book Two: The Honeymoon Caper. In addition to her works of fiction, Mary has written and created thousands of professional training materials as co-owner of Educational Systems for the Future. Created in 1969, Mary & her husband Peter have worked for Fortune 500 companies all over the world. She holds a degree in English Literature from Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA, and a Ph.D. in Educational Technology from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Mary loves to travel and has visited countries all over the world on business and pleasure. She and her husband, Peter, live in Tampa, FL. They have three children and three grandchildren.


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In 2013, Mary Sullivan Esseff, published her inspirational first novel, The Butterfly & The Snail. In May, she is preparing to launch its sequel, Wedding Tales, Book One: Love's Journey. She plans to publish the third in the Rebecca Butler-Khalil Khoury series, Wedding Tales, Book Two: The Honeymoon Caper. In addition to her works of fiction, Mary has written and created thousands of professional ...


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Sequel Coming Soon

6 April

Wedding Tales, Book One: Love's Journey, the sequel to The Butterfly & The Snail, will be available in May. Currently taking preorders for both the paperback and eBook. Will also preorder hardback books for anyone interested. Please contact me through Twitter.


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