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The Butterfly Room

Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
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Full of her trademark mix of unforgettable characters and heartbreaking secrets, The Butterfly Room is the new spellbinding, multi-generational story from Sunday Times best seller Lucinda Riley.  

Posy Montague is approaching her 70th 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. 

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 50 years ago. 

Already struggling to cope with her son Sam’s inept business dealings and the sudden reappearance of her younger son, Nick, Posy is reluctant to trust in Freddie’s renewed affection. And unbeknownst to Posy, Freddie - and Admiral House - have a devastating secret to reveal....

©2019 Lucinda Riley (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Beautiful as a butterfly

Awesome story. As with all Lucinda’s books one just cannot get enough. I wish I could listen to books of this caliber every single day. There really are not enough brilliant authors in this world in my opinion.

I loved this story from beginning to end, with the narrator doing an absolutely brilliant performance!
Thank you

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  • Sue
  • 27-06-2019

Read in a couple of days

Loved this book, felt like I wanted to meet the characters, I didn’t want it to end.

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Couldn’t fault it!

This was an amazing read. I’m going back for more Lucinda Riley. I felt that the characters we’re relatable & interesting. Couldn’t put it down. 5 Star effort!

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Sensational!

A beautiful story told with a stunning voice. Another must-read from Lucinda Riley, set in the present and the past.

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A beautiful story

Took me a while to get into then I was hooked and couldn’t wait to listen to the rest. Loved it.

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enjoyable

slow start but was lovely story as it went on. Lots of interesting characters. Loved it.

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The Butterfly Room

Was a bit disappointed with this book it didn’t really have a story that gripped you, in the end just listened to it as background noise and only tuned in enough to keep the storyline. An easy listen as not a lot happened would recommend if you wanted something to listen that didn’t take a lot of concentration.

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A beautifully written story

Wonderful story and beautifully narrated.
I shall read more from this author. Beautiful and Stylish

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Not up to scratch

I am a huge fan of Lucinda Riley and eagerly snatched up this new book. Whilst her characters and plot were well developed and I enjoyed the story, I often found myself wondering if she'd written it herself or had a ghost writer. There were so many cliches and unimaginative similes and metaphors which I found irritating. I still recommend it though as the story is interesting and has a few surprises.

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Thoroughly enjoyed

A great story with lots of interesting people with twists and turns and well researched about Southwold and the local area in Suffolk it took me back to my childhood home.
Nice ending too.

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  • Betty
  • 30-08-2019

Very good listen

This book caught my attention from the beginning & kept it throughout. The author wove the story well & kept me guessing. I was very pleased with the narrator as we know the narrator can make or break a book. This narrator was an asset!!

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  • Betty
  • 23-05-2019

Excellent

Excellent story. Great narration. Will look for more by the author as I enjoyed immensely

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  • Karen
  • 24-02-2020

“He rapes and abuses me, but I must stand by my man”

I tried, I really did. Got half way through this audiobook but the predictability of the plot, the heavy smoker’s voice of the reader, but finally, the truly antiquated depiction of relationships between men and women just got too irksome. Can’t finish. Don’t care what happens to these benighted characters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-08-2019

Blasphemy

This was an excellent story and very well performed. Unfortunately t contains a LOT of blasphemy which to me is unacceptable. There are so many swear words to choose from, why take the name of someone's God in vain?

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  • Jennifer
  • 25-05-2019

Loved it!

Great story, interesting characters, and I loved the style that it was written in. Relatable, believable, and beautifully narrated.

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  • Lisa B
  • 03-04-2020

Somewhat long but a very enjoyable listen……

There is a lot of character development and it takes a long time to get to the heart of the story but it’s worth it in the end. Wonderful narration!

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  • Lia
  • 07-03-2020

I Enjoyed The Book But!

My first Lucinda Riley book and it was a good listen. Hard to put down because the author has an awesome way of weaving so much into a story. I felt there were too many "darlings" in the story and I found it irritating that every character in the book used the term. But overall I did enjoy the book as most people did. I am going to start the Seven Sister Series.

Nicolette McKenzie was good with the delivery of the story.

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  • louise
  • 04-03-2020

I love a good long book!

This book is 17 hours long and you will never be bored. I found myself almost obsessing over trying to figure out the mystery. I loved the thorough character development of every character in this book. . Now, I will have to read another book by Lucinda Riley.

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  • C. Brown
  • 12-01-2020

Love Lucinda Riley - Not so much the narrator

I have read/listened to all of Lucinda Riley's novels. The narrator lost me with her first sentence. Her voice is so harsh. Sounds like a smoker. I may return this and get the Kindle version. The story is just my cup of tea: WWII/aftermath to present day. Lots of dysfunctional family and complicated love issues. I want to read on but so wish there had been another person performing.

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  • Selina
  • 23-11-2019

So good!!!!

Loved this book!!! Great story and the narration is superb. The story brings you in and you can’t stop listening .

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  • Bridget Nodder
  • 16-06-2019

Disappointing

Very very ordinary story from one of my favourite writers. Hard to believe it was written by Lucinda Riley. No comparison with any of her previous work.

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  • cattle
  • 16-06-2019

slow start

this book is a very slow start but stick too it if you can it gets better and very good later in the book.

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  • Ancass
  • 03-06-2019

Far too many daaaaaaaaaarings!

I enjoyed the story but the reader was posher than the queen!
The writing sounded so frightfully frightfully upper class, every time Posy addressed someone it was daaaarling boy or daaaarling girl, so offputting. Do people still talk like that....I expected Noel Coward to make an appearance any minute and announce that pre-dinner cocktails would be served in the drawing room!
I stuck with it because the actual story was lovely with a neat ending.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-05-2019

loved, loved loved

I really loved this book from start to end & never wanted it to end.
The narrator us also fabulous with all the different accents Male & female

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-05-2019

Not one of her best ....

I struggled to get into this one . It lacks a true focus and story journey for me .its a bit like filler , it did the job as I was gardening but not gripping in any shape or form.

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  • Airedaleman
  • 31-05-2019

My first ever review

I enjoyed the book as bizarrely I’m the same age as Posie and contemplating leaving a beloved garden.
One cranky criticism is that one did not celebrate an 18th Birthday in 1955. The “key of the door’ was celebrated at 21!
Overall an enjoyable listen.

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  • Sharon Leverick
  • 08-06-2019

A nice change of story from 7 sisters

Wasn't sure at first having been quite disappointed with the last 7 sisters book but glad I persevered. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and sad to finish it. What a change to have a narrater with good diction and pleasing voice. The storyline is fairly predictable but certainly passed many, many dog walking hours. Would recommend if you want something easy to listen to and not over taxing on the brain!

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  • Agnieszka Bania
  • 07-05-2019

so disappointing, unlike Lucinda Riley

this book is like seating at a table with your dull neighbour who gossips about the other neighbours....nothing of interest actually happens and the characters are so uninspiring. I have loved and re-read every single one of Lucinda's books until now. This book is so bad that I'm shocked it was written by her - there is no excitement, no twists and turns, no interesting story, no complex characters. I really hope it's a one off and not her new style...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-2020

Most enjoyable

This is such an amazing and enjoyable story. I would recommend this book to everyone.

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  • Lisemka
  • 12-06-2019

A bit disappointing

The story is good although not her best, but the narration ruined it for me.

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