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The Butterfly Summer by Harriet Evans
  

The Butterfly Summer

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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

If you like Harriet Evans you might also like to read books by Elizabeth Noble, Chris Manby and Jane Green.

Reader Reviews

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  • 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.'

Synopsis

The Butterfly Summer by Harriet Evans

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.

Reviews

Intriguing and full of twists and turns * T*Rexes and Tiaras Blog * This absorbing, well-written book has a fairy-tale feel to it * Fabulous, Sun on Sunday * Harriet Evans
writing is just perfect

* Linda's Book Bag * Gorgeous -- Cathy Rentzenbrink * Stylist * A delightfully engrossing read -- Sarra Manning * Red magazine * A crumbling house in Cornwall and a family with lots of secrets are brought to life by the evocative writing in Harriet Evans
novel The Butterfly Summer

* Good Housekeeping * Multi-layered, heartbreaking and as beautiful as a butterfly wing -- Veronica Henry Great characters, gorge house, intriguing mystery, what's not to love?! -- Lucy Diamond Moving, gripping, heartbreaking -- Kate Williams [A] delightfully engrossing tale . . . Romance, danger and an intriguing legacy - an ideal holiday read * The Lady * Loved it -- Gill Hornby The Butterfly Summer is an amazing achievement; heart-stopping and wonderful. It's an epic, sweeping, romantic story told brilliantly... I could practically feel the butterflies brushing against my cheeks as I read -- Sophie Kinsella


About the Author

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

19th May 2016

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Harriet Evans

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Publisher

Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group

Format

Paperback
448 pages

Categories

Family Drama
Literary Fiction
Relationship Stories
Romantic Fiction
eBook Favourites

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781472221346

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