REVIEW: Butterfly Summer by Anne Marie Conway.

20 July 2012

Some secrets last a lifetime. When Becky and her mum move to the tiny village of Oakbridge, Mum is hoping for a new beginning. But when Becky discovers an old photo of her mum in hospital clutching a baby, twelve years before Becky was born, Becky becomes haunted by the thought that her mum is keeping something from her. Stifled by her mum's over-protectiveness and depressive moods, Becky feels more alone than ever. The only place she finds comfort is at the beautiful local Butterfly Garden with her new friend, the wild-spirited and impulsive Rosa May. But Becky can't shake off the unanswered questions. Why can't she swim? Where is her dad? Who is the baby in the photo? And why is her mum lying to her? As the two girls spend more time together however, Rosa May's unpredictable temper and possessive streak suggests that she is hiding something as well...and in the heat of the sun-drenched summer, it seems that Becky is the only one in the dark.

Becky isn't best pleased to be moved from her home in the city, where she has friends and a place, to the countryside where her mother grew up. There's a whole secret past that Becky feels on the verge of discovering - starting with friends her mother never mentioned, friends who drop unintentional hints about the father Becky has never met, and ending with the photo she finds of her mother with a baby - dated 12 years before she was born.
Then Becky's mother slips into depression, and Becky is left alone to deal with being in a new place all alone. Fortunately, she meets energetic, mysterious Rosa May who introduces her to the Butterfly Garden. Rosa May is everything to Becky, but she can be unpredictable and a bit frightening, especially when Becky starts to make friends with local boy, Mack.
The path to uncovering the truth is a dangerous one. Will trying to follow it cause Becky's life to unravel completely? And is Rosa May on her side or not?

I loved this book, although it was short the characters were well developed and I really got into it. I only had one criticism and that was the fact that the end was very predictable. Hints dropped along the way contributed and the blurb was pretty detailed in my opinion. But other than that I really liked the book. Even though it was predictable I didn't regret reading it fully and finding out how the author decided to end it.


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  2. Fabulous review! This looks really good, the cover is gorgeous. Sorry the ending is predictable, it annoys me when blurbs are too detailed too! Thanks for sharing :) xx

  3. Thanks for the review! :) I'm glad you really liked the characters! :) But I don't know about how I feel toward predictable endings. Not sure really, but it does sound really awesome! :)

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  5. Lovely review!:) Sounds a good book, I'll be adding it to my 'to-read' list I think!

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  7. wow, this looks really good! I'm adding it my "to read" list now. I was beginning to get anxious at having nothing else to read this summer, but this sounds like the perfect book. Thanks!

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  9. I just finished this and i cried, it was fab.


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