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The Butterfly Box by [Montefiore, Santa]
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The Butterfly Box Kindle Edition

4.5 out of 5 stars 236 customer reviews

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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

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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)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1414 KB
  • Print Length: 610 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1471132102
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (2 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DF7J312
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 236 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,719 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
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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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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By Sexyetti on 19 April 2013
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I usually love her books for the feel good stories, but this one was all about heart ache and sadness. I don't enjoy books like that, they put me in a bad mood! I know life's not a fairy tale but I find it's lovely to escape when reading her books describing gardens/countryside etc in detail. This time I felt every one was ruining each others life's! I've not bought another of her books since reading this one, but have read the summer house, the french gardener (my fav) and the house by the sea - these were all more positive. I don't need to read a happy ending, but want to like the characters...
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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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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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Format: Paperback
I must agree with an earlier reviewer. The characters were boring, the plot slow, and frankly I didn't like any of them. They were a really mixed up, often selfish bunch and the story had no pace or tension or excitement. I cast the book aside when there was mention of a skunk in Cornwall! I am no expert on wildlife but if that species is to found in the UK outside of a zoo then I stand corrected.
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Once again I loved Santa's writings. She captivates me like no other author. Her stories weave in and out leaving me reading late into the night and the early hours of the morning, desperate to see how the next bit unfolds. Her characters feel alive as do the settings. I just wish my pathetic attempts as a review could do her justice. Suffice it to say I have loved every single book of hers I have read. Now I have finished this one , on to the next.
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what an amazing book!! The story was well written and the main characters were great. Fede's Chilean grandparents were my favourite and they held my heartstrings. The fact that they welcomed their grandchildren with no restraint was a heart rendering touch. I am so glad Fede and Hal found their true place in the world. Well written Santa
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