The Butterfly Room
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 ga...more
In 1940 we meet Posy, growing up in Admiral House with her parents. She has a close bond with her father until he is sent to war.
In 2006 Posy is nearly 70 and is still at Admiral House. Is it time for her to sell this beautiful family home. Her 2 children Sam and Nick are like chalk and cheese. Sam is always looking for his next business deal which inevitably fails. Whilst his wife and child struggle to make ends meet.
This was my first Lucinda Riley Novel and the description on the blurb appealed to me. A story set the beautiful Suffolk countryside in England, Posy Montague approaching her seventieth birthday and still living in the family home of Admiral House where history and secrets abound. When a face appears from her past, ...more
The Butterfly Room is a sweeping multi-generational saga of long held secrets, devastating despair and second chances. Riley’s writing is rich and engrossing. Her characters are convincing.
I love stories told in dual time lines as the mysteries and secrets of the past unfold and crash into the present day.
Posy is almost 70 and her family estate is becoming too large and costly for her to handle. If she sells she can help her son Sam with his new property ...more
Posy Montague is a widow, about to turn 70 and a mother of two grown up sons. She lives in her families crumbling house in Suffolk, she grew up there and it was home to her and two sons. Widowed at a young age, she raised her boys at Admiral House, when they went away to boarding school she kept her self busy gardening and she spent 25 years creating a beautiful garden. It’s a magnificent garden, but a lot of ...more
As you know, men generally tend to be much more basic than women; for the most part, less emotionally complex. They call a spade a spade, whereas women are more likely to say it’s a metal digging implement used in the garden.
Evie decided seeing Marie was a bit like eating at McDonald’s; you looked forward to it, but then felt sick halfway through.
It suddenly struck me that I hadn’t really thought the future through; and now here I was in it,
She’s very young for an old person.
… th ...more
The writing style was fine, it was the storyline that was the problem.
Everyone in this book has secrets. Very minor secrets that get blown way out of proportion to create the drama necessary for the storyline. No one will talk to anyone else to even give them a CHANCE to understand what is going on. (view spoiler)[
1. Freddie cannot bear to hurt Posy if he tells her something about the past, so instead he crushes her by breaking up with her the day after he had asked her to marry him ...more
Secrets are at the heart of the brand new standalone novel and sprawling family saga from international bestselling author, Lucinda Riley. The Butterfly Room is an impassioned novel, unfolding over multiple timelines, revealing a tale of war, romance, mystery and tragedy.
Admiral House, deep in the Suffolk countryside, is the central setting of Lucinda Riley’s new novel, The Butterfly Room. It follows the life and times of Posy Montague, a woman who grew up i ...more
How many times did we see “dear boy” or “ dear girl”. or even more “darling girl” or “ darling boy”?
There was no real plot or story, just a meandering through years and years of nothing much of any interest happening. Characters were pretty boring too. 628 pages of ho hum! Plus the most predictable ending I’ve come across in a very long time.
Sorry can’t find anything positive to say. It feels like the au ...more
I’ve enjoyed most of Lucinda’s books and this one was as good as I expected.
This is a sprawling family drama beginning with Posy in 1940's and then herself and her family 60 years later. I loved the build up of the story and meeting everyone - this author is such a great story teller.
My problem with the book lies within the toxic relationships (wth is Amy doing with Sam??) and the secrets that shouldn't have been secrets that drove me mad!!! And then solving problems with champagne and money...erm...no.
However, overall I did enjoy this and it did move me (I mus ...more
The Butterfly Room is a story that spans back to the 1930s in Britain and follows the life of Posy whom the story is initially about.
Posy lost the love of her life when she was almost 20 and never knew why he disappeared on her, but a chance encounter brings him back into her life 50 years later and she finally finds out why she lost him.
Alongside the book flicking back to th ...more
The story is told in dual timelines a ...more
Posy is nearing 70 years old and lives in her old family home, Admiral House in the Suffolk countryside. Her memories of her beloved childhood home centre mostly around her time with her father before he passed away, and how they used to study butterflies together.
The story alternates between Posy in her 70s, and her relationships with her two sons, and extended family, and when Posy was younger, her relationship with her own parents and past lovers. It turns out that everyone has secr ...more
Posy Montague is our main character and we meet her at the age of 70 when she is living in the enormous rundown family estate Admiral House, her adult children having moved away.
One of Posy's sons is an antiques dealer and I really enjoyed the little insight we get into ...more
Starting during WWII Posy adores her father and lives a comfortable sheltered life in a large house in Suffolk. Her childhood twists and turns as tragedy strikes. Meanwhile in the present day Posy is juggling her large house alone,combined with her two sons who are polar opposites and the sudden reappeara ...more
Approaching her 70's many happy memories appear for Posy catching butterflies as a child with her father.
Much of Posy's life she has found solace in the gardens of Admiral House.
Secrets to be revealed later in the story.
All families have secrets.
Butterflies should be free ...
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The Butterfly Room is a sweeping novel full of interesting (and very different) characters and the grand setting of Admiral House in Suffolk. Two different timeframes are depitced – the 1950s, following Posy as a child growing up in Admiral House with her parents, and the present day, when the crumbling house becomes a financial burden on Posy, now almost 70 years old with her own family (and secrets).
I liked the continuity of having Posy in both storylines, a ...more
Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland, and after an early career as an actress in film, theatre and television, wrote her first book aged twenty-four. Her books have been translated into thirty-seven languages and sold twenty-five million copies worldwide. She is a No.1 Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller.
Lucinda is currently writing The Seven Sisters series, which tells the ...more