- this edition published by Macmillan 2019
- 628 pages
- source: my local library
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 . . .
This is an engrossing standalone. Although not my usual fare of crime fiction, it certainly contains many little mysteries to hold the reader's attention.
The story opens in June 1943 when 6 year old Posy is chasing butterflies in the garden of Admiral House with her father who is a renowned pilot. By the end of the war her father is dead and Posy is living with her grandmother. After the war he mother goes to live in France, and then in Italy but she and Posy never meet and Posy does not understand why? Can her mother hat her so much?
The novel takes us through various stages of Posy's life until her 70th birthday approaches and she sees someone who takes her back nearly 50 years .
An excellent read.
My rating: 4.6
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