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Summary

You follow the hidden creek towards a long-forgotten house. They call it Keepsake, a place full of wonder...and danger.

Locked inside the crumbling elegance of its walls lies the story of the Butterfly Summer, a story you've been waiting all your life to hear. This house is Nina Parr's birthright. It holds the truth about her family - and a chance to put everything right at last.

©2016 Harriet Evans (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

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"Harriet Evans is a master at creating characters you feel like you know inside out." ( Heat)

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Interesting storyline but probably best to read rather then listen

I'm always disappointed when the narrator attempts to do the accents, unfortunately the dodgy American and 'terribly posh' interpretation (which is constant for the characters) made it difficult to get into, i'm surprised they didn't ditch the accents. It's a shame as its a good story. I'm midway through but tempted to read the book instead.

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Ok but not her best

I've enjoyed some of Evans' previous books. Her accessible writing and talent as an author of books that hook but are bereft of unutterable woe and miserable endings that I, as someone bedridden and too often in intolerable pain, cannot cope with; made her works ones I looked out for.

Sadly this did not capture my heart and mind or absorb as I had hoped or needed. It is pleasing enough and I'm sure will be popular with many, but it is plods rather and doesn't have the magnetism, charm and pull I'd hoped for.

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Good story- childlike narrator.

It was an interesting story- a love story type saga that spanned generations. The voice of the younger narrator was irritating however- rhyming 'book' with 'suck'?

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A bittersweet and beautifully told story. Read with depth of the characters. An intelligent and enjoyable listen.

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  • JJ
  • 08-05-21

Bit disappointing

Ive enjoyed listening to other Harriet Evans books and hoped this would the same . It was beautifully narrated but I found the story line rather dull and long winded. It was ok but I found I didn’t really get into the book and I only persevered with it due to brilliant narration

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lovely to listen to 🥰

I really enjoyed listening to this story with all its twists and turns. Will recommend.

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Interesting story

I loved listening to this book. the story was interesting and kept me entertained with several unexpected twists and turns. The reading was clear and I loved that the different parts were red by different people.

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Loved this book

Don't think you can predict anything in this book, it doesn't conform to the stereotypical chick lit storyline.
Juanita McMahon in particular gives a marvellous performance. At one point I thought that a third narrator had been introduced so convincing were her male characters

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Read it quickly to get the best out of it.

l am afraid l ended up reading some bits twice,due to me falling asleep as l was reading it in bed. My fault entirely, but l got confused, hence the lower score,although if I had been able to read it while I had the attention to absorb it properly,it might have got a full score.

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Beautiful

A really nice story which has more substance that I initially thought. I loved it. I hoped what I heard in the epilogue was true and was so happy it was.