Description from Netgalley
Full of her trademark mix of unforgettable characters and heart-breaking secrets, The Butterfly Room is a spellbinding, multi-generational story from Sunday Times bestseller Lucinda Riley.
Posy Montague is approaching her seventieth 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. Despite the memories the house holds, and the exquisite garden she has spent twenty-five years creating, 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 fifty years ago. Already struggling to cope with her son Sam’s inept business dealings, and the sudden reappearance of her younger son Nick after ten years in Australia, Posy is reluctant to trust in Freddie’s renewed affection. And unbeknown to Posy, Freddie – and Admiral House – have a devastating secret to reveal . . .
In this dual time line novel we learn about the main character Posy by hearing about her life as a small girl, living at Admiral House in Suffolk with her mother and her beloved father. He is a botanist and Posy loves nothing more than spending time in the garden with her father learning all about the natural world as they run around collecting butterflies. However it is war time and things for young Posy are about to change dramatically.
The book switches very smoothly between the years Posy grows up, goes away to school, enrols and studies at Cambridge and gets a job at Kew Gardens. All interlinked with present day where Posy now a grandmother in her 70’s is back living at Admiral House.
I hadn’t read anything by this author before but after seeing it on NetGalley and seeing that it was based in Suffolk decided to give it a go. It is very much a family saga novel, with romance, historical fiction and a little mystery thrown in for good measure.
There are a number of elements to the story, with a different story line attached to each character yet they are all brought together well towards the end of the book and this kept me engaged and wanting to read on.
I enjoyed the mystery aspect of the book the most and although I found some parts of the book a little ‘saccharine’ it still held my attention and I was eager to find out how it all ends. I thought it portrayed her class very well and particularly liked the relationship between her youngest son and his new ‘model’ girlfriend.
I read this book over the recent weekend of sunny weather and it would indeed make a great summer/beach read.
Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for the advance readers copy.
The Butterfly Room is published May 2nd.