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 . . .
Well, she has done it again, a big book with a big heart, filled with wonderful characters, stunning surroundings. Nothing but a joy to read.
Of course you will still need a box of tissues to hand as her trademark relationships are never plain sailing and this book proved to be a real tear jerker towards the end but having read all her other books I was prepared this time around. Not that I saw what was coming, just that I knew I would no doubt be shedding a tear or two at some point!
This is another all nighter of a book as well, I read straight through the night as there was no point in the book that I could put the story down for the night so be prepared to be completely consumed start to finish. The cast of characters are wonderfully written as is the setting of Admiral House where you can see in your minds eye the house and the gardens, even with my very limited knowledge of plants it was easy to envision as they are being described making the whole book a pleasure and easy to read.
Set on a dual time line between the 1940s and 2006 it follows the life of Posy Montague from her childhood to her seventieth birthday it is a tale of love, loss, secrets, friendship and family that is impossible not to love.
Now having finished this book in one sitting I will have to wait until the end of October for her next book!
The Butterfly Room was published on 2 May 2019 and you can grab a copy now below.