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The Butterfly Room
by Riley Lucinda

Published: 2020-07-21T00:0
Paperback : 509 pages
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Full of her trademark mix of unforgettable characters and heart-breaking secrets, The Butterfly Room is a spellbinding, second-chance-at-love story from #1 International bestseller Lucinda Riley.Posy Montague is approaching her seventieth birthday. Still living in her beautiful family home, Admiral ...
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Full of her trademark mix of unforgettable characters and heart-breaking secrets, The Butterfly Room is a spellbinding, second-chance-at-love story from #1 International 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 agonizing 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…

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Chapter 1

Admiral House
September 2006

Posy was in the kitchen garden picking some carrots when she heard her mobile ringing from the depths of her Barbour. Pulling it out of her pocket, she answered it.
“Hello, Mum. I didn’t wake you, did I?”
“Goodness no, and besides, even if you had, it’s lovely to hear from you. How are you, Nick?”
“I’m good, Mum.”
“And how is Perth?” Posy enquired, standing up and wandering through the garden and into the kitchen.
“Just starting to hot up as England begins to cool down. How are things with you?”
“I’m fine. Nothing much changes around here, as you know.”
“Listen, I’m calling to let you know that I’m coming back to England later this month.”
“Oh Nick! How wonderful. After all these years.”
“Ten, actually,” her son confirmed. “It’s about time I came home, don’t you think?”
“I do indeed. I’m over the moon, darling. You know how much I miss you.”
“And I you, Mum.”
“How long will you be staying? Could it be as long as to be the guest of honor at my seventieth birthday party next June?” Posy smiled.
“We’ll have to see how things go, but even if I decide to come back here, I’ll make sure I’m there at your party, of course I will.”
“So shall I come and pick you up from the airport?”
“No, don’t worry about that. I’m going to stay in London for a few days with my friends Paul and Jane as I have some business I want to sort out, but I’ll ring you when I’m clearer on my plans and drive up to Admiral House to see you.” ... view entire excerpt...

Discussion Questions

1. Family secrets are at the heart of 'The Butterfly Room'. Do you believe keeping secrets in order to protect someone is good, or do you believe the truth should be revealed no matter what?

2. Freddie and Posy's love spans decades -- do you believe in the concept of 'the One'?

3. How difficult do you think it is to bring up a step-child whose mother has died - a situation Tammy faces in the book - and what do you see as the major obstacles?

4. Sam is sometimes violent and emotionally controlling towards Amy. Do you think it would be possible to love your child/partner/parent if they behaved as Sam did?

5. Posy tries to remain positive in the face of advancing years. How difficult is it to have a positive attitude as one ages when faced with the issues of health, financial security and family support?

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  "Uplifting"by Silversolara (see profile) 08/28/20

Posy has lived in Admiral House for most of her life...as a child and as a wife and mother.?

Turning 70 has her thinking about the work it takes to maintain her beloved home, and she need

... (read more)

 
  "Interesting Plot"by cph917 (see profile) 08/27/20

This was my first time reading this author and I'm a fan. Butterfly Room packs a number of subplots into one story, which kept me reading. Although some of it needed a bit of "willing susp... (read more)

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