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  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet; New edition edition (7 Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034076953X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340769539
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.7 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Santa Montefiore was born in England in 1970 on a beautiful farm in Hampshire. After Sherborne School for Girls she read Spanish and Italian at Exeter University. She spent much of the 90s in Buenos Aires. Her love for Argentina inspired her first four novels, but her American publisher wasn't interested in Argentina as a setting so she based her fifth novel in Italy - America came on board at that point but have not published her first four. Her novels take place in France, South Africa as well as Ireland and England and have been translated into over 25 languages and sold over 2 million copies worldwide. She has just completed her 14th title for 2014, The Beekeeper's Daughter. She lives in London with her husband, the historian Simon Sebag Montefiore, and their two children. Visit Santa's website at www.santamontefiore.com. Follow her on twitter at santamontefiore.

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Santa Montefiore's involving and dramatic novel The Butterfly Box opens in Vina del Mar, Chile, in the sweltering summer of 1982. Frederica is six years old and adores her father Ramon. He is a charismatic, good-looking adventurer who is due home after a long sojourn abroad. Frederica struggles to contain her excitement. Her mother, Helena, travelled with the glamorous Ramon Campione in the heady early days of their relationship; Ramon, a writer and photographer, travels the world and has sacrificed his family for his work. Over the years of growing disillusionment with their relationship, Helena endures his long absences waiting with the children in Chile. On his return, Ramon brings Frederica a gift: a magical box containing coruscating crystals in the form of a beautiful butterfly. According to legend, the butterfly once belonged to an Inca princess. Helena abandons her husband and returns to Cornwall with the children, and the Butterfly Box is now Frederica's sole connection with her past and her father. In Cornwall, Frederica grows up and falls in love with Sam Appleby and, later, the saturnine and charming Torquil Jensen. The lacerating relationship that follows forces her into a punishing voyage of self-discovery during which she learns the true lesson of the Butterfly Box.

Her first novel Meet Me Under the Ombu Tree established Santa Montefiore as a writer of elegance and craftsmanship working within the popular form of the romantic novel. So many novels in the genre are written in leaden-footed prose that it's a genuine revelation to find a writer as gifted as this. The Butterfly Box is couched in language that is always affecting, always truthful--even when saga conventions kick in. Few tales of love and loss exert such an emotional pull as this one. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Absorbing. (Vogue)

Thoroughly readable . . . with old-fashioned romance (Evening Standard)

Refreshing . . . imagination, charm and delicacy. Santa is the new Rosamunde Pilcher. Delightfully written. (Daily Mail)

[An] escapist, passionate romance (Dorset Evening Echo)

This is a good, old-fashioned saga with all the classic ingredients. Federica has genuine pathos and charm, and those qualities permeate the whole book . . . engaging and charming. (Penny Vincenzi, Mail on Sunday)

a kaleidoscope of eccentric, vibrant characters (Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Sunday Independent)

A story told across continents, with grand themes and strong emotions. (Yorkshire Evening Post)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jayaw on 25 Jun 2006
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This is a lovely book to bury yourself in amid the graphic descriptions of Chile and Cornwall. It is a lovely story of families and the way they interact, also clearly showing that every one of us has faults which affect the way we treat others.
Santa does have a habit of using ridiculous names for her characters, but if you treat these ideas as harmless fun, you will enjoy the book. The ending had tears running down my cheeks.
I have also read and enjoyed The Last Voyage of the Valentina and Meet me Under the Ombu Tree, but this is my favourite book by Santa so far.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Margheritina on 25 Aug 2009
Format: Paperback
This is the second Santa Montefiore book I've read and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I definately preferred it to "Sea of Lost Love" which sadly had a very slow start to it. Yet "The Butterfly Box" was, I felt, a vast improvement! The whole story and central character centred very much to my own life experience and I felt the author certainly captured the sentiments and emotions beautifully alongside all the wonderful settings the story takes place in. The only thing I would say is that the ending was slightly disappointing... without giving too much away it suddenly just finished. Santa Montefiore unfolded the story and the characters in such great detail. So much so that I couldn't put the book down but just feel that she perhaps could have added an extra twist to maintain the reader's interest right till the end. All in all a great read and I would definately recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jo D'Arcy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Feb 2009
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This is the second Santa Montefiore book I have read and it was as rich and absorbing as the previous one.

The Butterfly Box is a story about love, all kinds of different love. The love between Federica and her father, Ramon; a love that makes others feel excluded, and the gifts Ramon brings Federica as a child seem more special, the Butterfly Box especially, as this box remains the connection through memories to her father.

Federica the main character in the book, experiences suffocating and dictating love from her husband, Torquil and also unrequited love (don't we all suffer from this) with Sam from early in the story.

Interlinked throughout the book is Federica's family, her brother Hal who is consumed with jealousy about her relationship with their father that he goes through a rough time trying to find himself in life before there is any attempt at some sort of reconciliation? His love for his mother does nothing to help either of them. Their mother Helena, experiences consuming love and forces Ramon's hand to show his love, but he doesn't and the result leaves a rather bitter taste in the whole family and Helena's love for others is tested when you still love the shadow of the past.

Illicit love is scattered throughout the book, Torquil does not seem as in love with Federica as the reader assumes, and Helena wants to find the past. The love of the family is paramount as Helena returns to the family home and her brother, Toby and his partner Julian live on the outskirts of this family love until a potential tragedy unites them all.

The neighbouring Appleby family who play key roles in the book also show love between themselves, the family and also the animals they take in and care for which become part of the family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fenton on 16 May 2014
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6 yr old Federica moves from Chile to England where she developes an infatuation with 15 yr old Sam. I found this idea completely inappropriate as no 6yr old i know would even understand the concept of "fancying a boy". I couldnt even finish the book as i found the storyline disturbing. If that wasnt enough 15 yr old Sam seduces his nanny! This is just a couple of examples of the inappropriate relationships depicted in this book. Very very poor indeed!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Mar 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book was pure escapism, you could feel the heat of South America and see the cliffs of Cornwall.
Santa Montefiore gives you a chance to look at all the characters so you can better understand what each one is going through.
She certainly knows how to make you laugh and cry aswell as keeping you hooked until there are no more pages left to turn.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christine Marsh on 5 April 2014
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I am rarely disappointed by her lovely, sensitive writing, which draws you into the characters, plot and scenes so well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen latham on 10 Mar 2014
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Another brilliant story , with characters that draw you into their world. A real page turner I didn't want to end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 27 Feb 2014
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Wonderful read. Lose yourself in the characters and the surroundings and be transported as if you are there with the characters. Santa Montefiore does not disappoint.
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