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The Butterfly Summer

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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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5 Stars

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

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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.

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The Butterfly Summer

This book kept me enthralled. What a wonderful story I really enjoyed all of it.

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