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The Butterfly Storm [Kindle Edition]

Kate Frost
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Product Description

Four years ago life for Sophie Keech was perfect. A new start in Greece with Alekos, her boyfriend of just six weeks, removes Sophie from a mundane 9-5 job, takes her away from the difficult relationship she has with her mum, and gives her the opportunity and belief that she is finally doing something positive and exciting with her life.

But a lot can change in four years. An engagement, a domineering mother-in-law to be and the reality of life in Greece not being quite what Sophie imagined puts a strain on her relationship with Alekos.

When an accident forces Sophie back to the UK to look after her estranged mum, she has time to re-evaluate her life, her idea of family, where she wants to be and, most importantly, who she loves.

REVIEWS

"If you are looking for a thoroughly detailed story of relationship trials, family trials, and decisions of the heart, then The Butterfly Storm would be the perfect book." Rhonda, Chick Lit Plus

"As a first book you never know what to expect. There is nothing to compare it to. I do not believe I have ever read a book like this and do not believe I will again for a long time. I most certainly will recommend this to all my friends." Charlotte Lynn, A Novel Review

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 451 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Lemon Tree Press (15 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D8NMGNA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #116,455 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kate Frost has wanted to be an author ever since she wrote her first novel during the long months she spent off school following open heart surgery when she was seven. The novel was called London's Burning and was a time travel story set during the Great Fire of London.

Over the years Kate has worked in a cinema, a bookshop, a factory and at NHS Direct. She's also worked as ground staff at Edgebaston Tennis Tournament, as a Virgin Vie consultant and as a Supporting Artist in the films Vanity Fair, King Arthur and The Duchess. Kate has a MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and has also taught lifewriting to Creative Writing undergraduates there. She has had articles and short stories published in The London Magazine, New Welsh Review and QWF.

Kate lives in the UK with her husband, their baby son and their dog. The Butterfly Storm is her first novel.

To find out more about Kate and her writing life visit her at www.kate-frost.co.uk/blog

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was drawn to this book by its premise of a twenty-something English girl moving to Greece to be with a Greek man that she'd met on holiday there. I've known women who have done just this, only for their dreams to end in divorce. There were unable to cope with the culture clash, particularly the dominance of their husband's mother - a problem that dogs the heroine, Sophie, in contrast to her icy relationship with her own mother - so I was very interested to see how Sophie fared.

I don't want to give any plot spoilers, but suffice to say that this is a rewarding and satisfying read, written with great care and thought by someone who clearly knows intimately each of the settings that she describes. Though now working as a chef, Sophie trained as an illustrator, and her artistic talent is echoed in the author's clear visualisation of the settings. She creates a great sense of place, making it very clear why Sophie loves the different settings that she does. Indeed, the settings almost feel like characters in themselves. It was an unexpected bonus for me that Cephalonia, where I first fell in love with Greece (but not a Greek), is also where Sophie falls for Alekos. I hope it isn't giving anything away by saying this is a life-affirming and uplifting read about families, marriage, motherhood and relationships.

The Butterfly Storm of the title presumably refers to the theory that the flap of a butterfly's wings in one part of the world can cause a chain reaction that magnifies into a storm in another part of the world. By the end of the book, the appropriateness of the title is clear:small decisions made at one point in a person's life can cause a tsunami later on.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 11 Aug 2013
By ElaineG TOP 50 REVIEWER
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I Loved this read with a capital L. It is the story of Sophie who has been living with boyfriend Alekos in Greece for the past four years, working in the family restaurant and living "above the shop". For a long time there has been friction between Sophie and her mother, Leila, but when she has to return to England for a while to help look after Leila after an accident, it should give them chance to sort out their differences. It will also give her a break from her domineering mother in law, with whom Sophie always seems to clash. Sophie wants a home of her home, but Alekos seems happy to go with the flow of the Greek way of family life.

It is a lovely story of a relationship between a mother and daughter with some wonderful characters - especially Despina the overbearing, bossy, greek mama who always wants and expects to get her own way. What I did like was the edge of unpredictableness about the story - for a large part of the book you just don't know in what direction Sophie's life is going to go, or with who! The story moves at a fluid pace, and has an ending that definitely brought a tear to my eye.

Highly recommended reading!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. 9 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Read this book because friends recommended it, although not my usual genre. Immediately became engrossed and wanted to know more about the characters, who are all interesting, and couldn't wait to find out what happened next. I started the book one evening and finished it the next. Can't wait for Kate's next novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for anytime 9 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a great read from start to finish. Fantastic reminiscing places where I grew up. When is the next one comming!?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and thought-provoking 2 Dec 2013
By Katie85 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I downloaded this on my Kindle months ago and kept meaning to get round to it. So glad that I have read it because I absolutely loved it.

Sophie Keech sets off to Greece to live with her boyfriend. Four years down the line and she is getting itchy feet. Although she is engaged to Alekos, it doesn't seem like he wants to cut himself from his mother's apron strings any time soon. Sophie has not spoken to her mother in that time, so she is very reluctant to travel back to the UK when she has to assist her mother who has been involved in an accident. Sophie is a character who can be related to and is likeable but has some flaws. I like characters like that as it makes them more real. The characters of Alekos and his mother Despina help show that people can be good but cultural issues can affect how they behave.

I like books which are set in faraway places, as I do like travel. Although the descriptions of Greece were good, I particularly enjoyed Sophie's adventures in Norfolk and the people she meets whilst helping her mother. The atmosphere and the detail made me want to be a part of that. The story also questions relationships in general, not just romantic ones, so it gave some food for thought there.

It is a well-written debut novel from Kate Frost that I comfortably read within two days as I did not want to put it down. Look forward to reading more from the author in due course.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing too exciting 28 Oct 2013
By MissusP
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Didn't really gel with the characters, didn't like him very much he seemed a bit under his mum's thumb and really I didn't like how he treated her.

But then she was a bit dim as well putting up with it all for so long. And I didn't think the ending was too believable, partly what she did and partly how he let her get away with it.

And then right at the end - oh it's all OK now all's well that ends well. I thought too much water had passed under the bridge for all to be forgiven and forgotten. Sorry but just didn't really enjoy it. And I hate saying that about a book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Feel good story
ok for a relaxing holiday read. Not in the least bit taxing on the brain! Very predictable ending.Not exciting at all.
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good
Published 2 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic escapism
Started slowly, but beautifully written and descriptive. Really enjoyed it, and couldn't wait to find out how it ended, it keeps you guessing right to the end.
Published 3 months ago by Nicola Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Interesting book
Published 3 months ago by Walden
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely easy read
I really enjoyed this story. Facing challenges and understanding what family means. A little predictable, could call it a holiday read.
Published 4 months ago by Shey
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book...a must read , I couldn't put it down, will look out for...
the story was straight from the heart I would recommend to others. I think that we all hit a time in our life's and don't know what direction to go... it had the right ending
Published 4 months ago by Pj Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent novel
Just what you need as a holiday read.
Published 5 months ago by PINK Elly
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner
I downloaded this book to my daughter's kindle for our family holiday in Crete. I loved the book and the characters and for a 'romantic novel' it is not the type of book that you... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Anne-marie wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow starter
I nearly gave up on this, the begining was slow to the point of boredom but if you manage to get through, the rest of the book is a no-put-downer. Read more
Published 6 months ago by GWB
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Such a simple read but with so much in it
Loved it from the beginning to the end
Read it in 2 days whilst on the beach and found it perfect for holiday reading
Published 6 months ago by denise
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