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The Butterfly Summer: The perfect Summer Read that will make you cry and leave you uplifted by [Evans, Harriet]
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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)

Loved it (Gill Hornby)

[A] delightfully engrossing read. . . Romance, danger and an intriguing legacy - an ideal holiday read (The Lady)

A delightfully engrossing read (Sarra Manning Red magazine)

Moving, gripping, heartbreaking (Kate Williams)

Great characters, gorge house, intriguing mystery, what's not to love?! (Lucy Diamond)

Multi-layered, heartbreaking and as beautiful as a butterfly wing (Veronica Henry)

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)

Gorgeous (Cathy Rentzenbrink Stylist)

Harriet Evans' writing is just perfect (Linda's Book Bag)

This absorbing, well-written book has a fairy-tale feel to it (Fabulous, Sun on Sunday)

Intriguing and full of twists and turns (T*Rexes and Tiaras Blog)

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A delightful new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of A Hopeless Romantic and A Place for Us

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1823 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Review (19 May 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B011IYID5U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 130 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,760 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Butterfly Summer is a sweeping story of a house called Keepsake, deeply buried in Cornwall and inaccessible to most. Nina Parr in 2011 finds out that she is heir to Keepsake only because she bumps into somebody in the London Library who tells her there is more to her past than she thinks. This is her story but it's also the story of her grandmother, Teddy, in 1938 and how the house has claimed so many of her ancestors.

This book started off brilliantly for me. I was engrossed in it and loved the mystery of Nina's past. When we switched to Teddy's story I was a little less interested as her story didn't quite ring true for me. The book goes between each story and I preferred Nina's but even that was long-winded and meandering.

A couple of clever twists rescued the book and I did want to keep reading to the end. I think Harriet Evans is a good writer (I loved A Place for Us) but this book could have done with cutting down a bit. A nice idea for a story though.
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: I have read a lot of Harriet Evans books and was looking forward to this latest release. The book is half set in London and half in Cornwall and is a pretty bumper read. We meet the main character Nina Parr in 2011 and her life is not quite where she thought it would be. Although the story is told from Nina’s perspective we also see the story from Nina’s Grandmother Teddy’s perspective. Essentially the crux of the story revolves around the Parr family and it’s clear from the outset there are secrets and things that hold the generations of the Parr family together.

We are taken on a journey and each layer of the story is revealed and you find out a little more about the past, present and future. Nina was brought up by her Mum Delilah and Step Father Malc along with a helping hand in the form of Mrs Poll. Nina is currently dealing with a divorce to her ex-husband Sebastian and she has spent most of her adult life with him since Uni. I don’t want to spoil any other elements of the story so will not mention any other parts as it’s more fun to read and let them all be revealed.

For once I picked up the book and dove straight in without reading reviews or even the synopsis and for that I was glad. The story was a complete surprise and I found myself absorbed very early on. The first half of the book seemed to hold my interest more than the second half, but I still loved the story and by the time I had finished I was pleased I had continued on. I wouldn’t say this was my favourite of Harriet Evans books but it was still a great read.
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In the hands of a capable writer a dual timeline story is a thing of beauty and that's exactly what I got here - A beautiful story. .

The author is very capable and although this isn't the first of her books that I've read it does seem to be a move away from her usual style and I found it to be a more meaningful read than others I've tried. Maybe it was just the frame of mind I was in when reading it though, but either way it's a great read.

Keepsake house and its gardens just sprang to life for me and the history of it as told in the story is captivating. I'd love to spend even a day there just soaking up the atmosphere. It's a wonderful story with wonderful settings and characters and I'm finding it hard to fault. There's love (obviously), mystery, history, intrigue and deception and it's all wrapped up deliciously into one very satisfying read. Highly recommended and one I might even go back to for a re-read.
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A huge, satisfying book, with yet another tucked away inside it… This is more Sarah Walters than Kate Morton, but better still, it is Harriet Evans at her peak, a writer with imagination wide enough to span centuries from the sixteen hundreds to the present day. She must love her Lepidoptera too, she knows her stuff and what a pleasure to read of their secret set up micro climate, a walled garden, hidden away, untouched by time.

I wasn’t expecting either that this great book, firmly set half in London and half in Cornwall, would end up being so close to my home here on the Helford River. The creeks and inlets of the River, Manaccan, Helford Passage, Falmouth Bay, The Ferry Boat Inn, The Shipwrights Arms, all feature - what joy. Ms Evans may well have friends living nearby here, a holiday home maybe, as the blurb says she lives in London with her family.

The leading lady, Nina Parr, has a name that stretches back to the time of Charles II, to whom the original Nina gave sanctuary and solace. We meet our Nina in 2011; she is washed up by life already, a square peg in the round hole of a solicitor’s office, living back at home with flaky Mum Delilah and sturdy Step Dad Malcolm. Real father George Parr is a distant memory as he took off, to foreign parts searching for Glass wing Butterflies, then disappeared, declared dead, when Nina was a baby. Nina's newly ex husband Sebastian, is still devoted and wants to retrieve their relationship, but Nina feels that would be wrong. In fact she has been pretty horrible to everyone, without quite knowing why. I was all for Zinnia, Sebastian’s mother who warns her to stay from her son as Nina was hurting him so badly.
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