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The Butterfly Room

Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
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Summary

Full of her trademark mix of unforgettable characters and heartbreaking secrets, The Butterfly Room is the new spellbinding, multi-generational story from Sunday Times best seller Lucinda Riley.  

Posy Montague is approaching her 70th birthday. Still living in her beautiful family home, Admiral House, set in the glorious Suffolk countryside where she spent her own idyllic childhood catching butterflies with her beloved father, and raised her own children, Posy knows she must make an agonising decision. 

The house is crumbling around her, and Posy knows the time has come to sell it. Then a face appears from the past - Freddie, her first love, who abandoned her and left her heartbroken 50 years ago. 

Already struggling to cope with her son Sam’s inept business dealings and the sudden reappearance of her younger son, Nick, Posy is reluctant to trust in Freddie’s renewed affection. And unbeknownst to Posy, Freddie - and Admiral House - have a devastating secret to reveal....

©2019 Lucinda Riley (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd
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slow start

this book is a very slow start but stick too it if you can it gets better and very good later in the book.

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Disappointing

Very very ordinary story from one of my favourite writers. Hard to believe it was written by Lucinda Riley. No comparison with any of her previous work.

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Far too many daaaaaaaaaarings!

I enjoyed the story but the reader was posher than the queen!
The writing sounded so frightfully frightfully upper class, every time Posy addressed someone it was daaaarling boy or daaaarling girl, so offputting. Do people still talk like that....I expected Noel Coward to make an appearance any minute and announce that pre-dinner cocktails would be served in the drawing room!
I stuck with it because the actual story was lovely with a neat ending.

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Not one of her best ....

I struggled to get into this one . It lacks a true focus and story journey for me .its a bit like filler , it did the job as I was gardening but not gripping in any shape or form.

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My first ever review

I enjoyed the book as bizarrely I’m the same age as Posie and contemplating leaving a beloved garden.
One cranky criticism is that one did not celebrate an 18th Birthday in 1955. The “key of the door’ was celebrated at 21!
Overall an enjoyable listen.

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loved, loved loved

I really loved this book from start to end & never wanted it to end.
The narrator us also fabulous with all the different accents Male & female

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Most enjoyable

This is such an amazing and enjoyable story. I would recommend this book to everyone.

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A nice change of story from 7 sisters

Wasn't sure at first having been quite disappointed with the last 7 sisters book but glad I persevered. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and sad to finish it. What a change to have a narrater with good diction and pleasing voice. The storyline is fairly predictable but certainly passed many, many dog walking hours. Would recommend if you want something easy to listen to and not over taxing on the brain!

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so disappointing, unlike Lucinda Riley

this book is like seating at a table with your dull neighbour who gossips about the other neighbours....nothing of interest actually happens and the characters are so uninspiring. I have loved and re-read every single one of Lucinda's books until now. This book is so bad that I'm shocked it was written by her - there is no excitement, no twists and turns, no interesting story, no complex characters. I really hope it's a one off and not her new style...

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A bit disappointing

The story is good although not her best, but the narration ruined it for me.

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  • Lia
  • 07-03-20

I Enjoyed The Book But!

My first Lucinda Riley book and it was a good listen. Hard to put down because the author has an awesome way of weaving so much into a story. I felt there were too many "darlings" in the story and I found it irritating that every character in the book used the term. But overall I did enjoy the book as most people did. I am going to start the Seven Sister Series.

Nicolette McKenzie was good with the delivery of the story.

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  • Betty
  • 30-08-19

Very good listen

This book caught my attention from the beginning & kept it throughout. The author wove the story well & kept me guessing. I was very pleased with the narrator as we know the narrator can make or break a book. This narrator was an asset!!

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  • louise
  • 04-03-20

I love a good long book!

This book is 17 hours long and you will never be bored. I found myself almost obsessing over trying to figure out the mystery. I loved the thorough character development of every character in this book. . Now, I will have to read another book by Lucinda Riley.

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  • Karen
  • 24-02-20

“He rapes and abuses me, but I must stand by my man”

I tried, I really did. Got half way through this audiobook but the predictability of the plot, the heavy smoker’s voice of the reader, but finally, the truly antiquated depiction of relationships between men and women just got too irksome. Can’t finish. Don’t care what happens to these benighted characters.

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  • Betty
  • 23-05-19

Excellent

Excellent story. Great narration. Will look for more by the author as I enjoyed immensely

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  • Lisa B
  • 03-04-20

Somewhat long but a very enjoyable listen……

There is a lot of character development and it takes a long time to get to the heart of the story but it’s worth it in the end. Wonderful narration!

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  • Selina
  • 23-11-19

So good!!!!

Loved this book!!! Great story and the narration is superb. The story brings you in and you can’t stop listening .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-08-19

Blasphemy

This was an excellent story and very well performed. Unfortunately t contains a LOT of blasphemy which to me is unacceptable. There are so many swear words to choose from, why take the name of someone's God in vain?

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  • Jennifer
  • 25-05-19

Loved it!

Great story, interesting characters, and I loved the style that it was written in. Relatable, believable, and beautifully narrated.

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  • Dee Cunningham
  • 26-06-20

One of her best!

I have ready just about all of Lucinda Riley’s books and The Butterfly Room and The Love Letter are both my favorites. I loved the narration by Nicolette McKenzie, as well, who kept me entranced!