The Butterfly Summer

by Harriet Evans

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LoveReading View on The Butterfly Summer

A gorgeous, loveable read, this hovers on the edge of the feel of a fairytale, of being almost dreamlike, yet at the same time it is startlingly believable and real. Nina Parr is 25, divorced, living at home and working in a job that she doesn't belong to. As Nina begins to learn about her family and a house called Keepsake, her world is turned upside down. There are two tales being told here, when in the depths of one, I almost forget there was another waiting to be revealed. Harriet Evans not only breathes life into these fascinating characters, she also excels in describing locations so they become a vital part of the story, the houses in particular were vibrantly intense in my minds eye. As you sink into the swirling depths of the story, you may have suspicions about the outcome, yet there are still surprises in store and ultimately, ‘The Butterfly Summer’ isn't about an ending, instead it’s discovering the beautiful pathway that leads to it.

Liz Robinson

The Butterfly Summer Synopsis

Harriet Evans is the Sunday Times bestselling author of A Place for Us and The Butterfly Summer is her must-share new novel about Keepsake, a house in Cornwall that comes with a family legacy every bit as full of danger as it is of wonder.

The Butterfly Summer is packed with unexpected plot twists that will make you gasp out loud and move you to tears - you'll be desperate to add it to your shelf alongside the best of Santa Montefiore, Jojo Moyes and Kate Morton. 'Harriet Evans is a master at creating characters you feel like you know inside out' Heat What magic is this? You follow the hidden creek towards a long-forgotten house. They call it Keepsake, a place full of wonder ...and danger. Locked inside the crumbling elegance of its walls lies the story of the Butterfly Summer, a story you've been waiting all your life to hear. This house is Nina Parr's birthright. It holds the truth about her family - and a chance to put everything right at last. Harriet Evans. She brings you home.

The Butterfly Summer Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Carrie Johnson - 'This novel twists and turns like a butterfly in flight, dipping in and out of history, with a magical tale that will capture your imagination with jewel like images of these enchanting insects.'
  • Dana Captainino - 'This is quite simply - an amazing book.  It took me awhile to get into but was well worth the patience...unique and different,the reader feels as though they are part of something distinct.'
  • Sarah Jones - 'Desperately sad, but utterly captivating! I was powerless to do anything other than keep reading.'
  • Sophia Ufton - 'This is just a lovely story. One told with Elegance and beauty.'
  • Linda Hill - 'Complex and absorbing, Harriet Evans' The Butterfly Summer is emotional and satisfying in an engaging read.' www.lindasbookbag.com
  • Elisabeth Thomas - 'The Butterfly Summer was a gripping read and the story had me hooked from the start and the best twist in the book is left until the very end.'
  • Barbara Goldie - 'A slow absorbing read, full of deep dark secrets, twists and turns, and engaging descriptions.'
  • Suzanne Marsh - 'Once I started reading The Butterfly Summer I could not stop.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'Follow the winding path to Keepsake, it’s waiting for you. Waiting to whisper its secrets in your ear. Are you ready to listen? I am.'
  • Victoria Whish - 'A beautiful read about family secrets, lost love and an inheritance that casts a long shadow. A beguiling book with a genuine twist at the end that I didn’t see coming!'
  • Jane Brown - 'A dark story of family secrets, a house in Cornwall and an inheritance.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'Part historic drama, part fairy tale and part family saga and whilst it is definitely readable, found it difficult to keep with the flow.'
  • Vanessa Wild - 'An enchanting and bewitching many faceted dual timeframe story with a difference! I was totally absorbed and found the whole book fascinating.  It's quirky and unusual, definitely magical.  I loved it!'
  • Janet Gilliard - 'I really enjoyed this...can be a bit confusing so the reader really needs to concentrate but the book is worth the effort.'
  • Emily Curnow - 'I loved this book and read it compulsively.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'This was a remarkable story of forbidden love, heartbreak and the strength of women. I recommend this to anyone, it is a very enjoyable read, perfect to gobble up in one sitting. '
  • Kathryn Whitfield - 'Beautifully written and heartbreaking at times I loved this story so much...I couldn't put it down. I will look to read more from Harriet Evans in the future.'

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ISBN: 9781472221346
Publication date: 19/05/2016
Publisher: Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781472221346
Publication date: 19th May 2016
Author: Harriet Evans
Publisher: Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 448 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Harriet Evans

Harriet Evans is a Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling author of seven previous novels, including A Hopeless Romantic, The Love of Her Life, Happily Ever After and Not Without You. She spent a number of years working in the publishing industry before becoming an author fulltime. She lives in London with her family.   Author Photo © Johnny Ring

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