At 680 pages, The Butterfly Room by Lucina Riley might seem daunting but don’t let that put you off. I find the more I’m enjoying a story, the quicker it is to read. This felt like a quick read to me. 🙂
Posy Montague is approaching her seventieth birthday. Still living in her beautiful family home, Admiral House, set in the glorious Suffolk countryside where she spent her own idyllic childhood catching butterflies with her beloved father, and raised her own children, Posy knows she must make an agonizing decision. Despite the memories the house holds, and the exquisite garden she has spent twenty-five years creating, the house is crumbling around her, and Posy knows the time has come to sell it.
Then a face appears from the past – Freddie, her first love, who abandoned her and left her heartbroken fifty years ago. Already struggling to cope with her son Sam’s inept business dealings, and the sudden reappearance of her younger son Nick after ten years in Australia, Posy is reluctant to trust in Freddie’s renewed affection. And unbeknown to Posy, Freddie – and Admiral House – have a devastating secret to reveal . . .
The Butterfly Room by Lucinda Riley is published by Pan Macmillan and is currently available to purchase in digital, hardcover and audiobook formats.
Posy’s narration switches between past and present, from her 7 year old self in 1943 to 2006 as she is approaching (and reaching) her 70th birthday. I enjoyed watching how her life experiences impacted on her and felt like I knew her well having experienced life alongside her as a child, through those Uni days, as a single mother, a grandmother… I loved that she finally found her tribe, a place to belong. Posy is the character we see grow and develop the most. Posy’s sons, Sam and Nick (and their partners) narrate too, bringing even more emotions and tense scenes. The Montague family left me breathless at times! The format contributed to making this a page turner for me. I wanted to know what was happening for each and every character.
I had suspicions about the secret and although I was right about this one thing I had no idea just how much that one thing affected something else. Something huge. Never having dreamt that the truth was in fact a lie. So much pain and turmoil. But what a strength of character in coming to terms with it.
I also had suspicions about something else and once again, I was right but it wasn’t the whole story. This thread in the story made me cry. I spent the last hour of this story crying. Lots. I loved the ending. Positivity and hope for Posy’s generation and the next.
Lucinda Riley tackles social issues sensitively and with realism. You’ll experience a myriad of feelings and likely get lost in the story just as much as I did. Highly recommended.
Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland, and after an early career as an actress in film, theatre and television, wrote her first book aged twenty-four. Her books have been translated into over thirty languages and sold over ten million copies worldwide. She is a Sunday Times and New York Timesbestselling author.
Lucinda is currently writing The Seven Sisters series, which tells the story of adopted sisters and is based allegorically on the mythology of the famous star constellation. The first three books, The Seven Sisters, The Storm Sister, and The Shadow Sister have all been No.1 bestsellers across Europe, and the rights to a multi-season TV series have already been optioned by a Hollywood production company.
When not writing, travelling or running around after her children, she loves reading books that she hasn’t written with a glass or two of Provençal rosé!
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