Book Review: The Butterfly Garden by Sophie Anderson

“I blamed my son for the death of my daughter.” Intriguing, right? Find out where this line goes in my latest review.

Goodreads Blurb

When twenty-five-year-old Erin loses the man she loves, she flees London for Cornwall and takes a job at Hookes End, a huge house clinging precariously to the Cornish cliffs. The owner, frail reclusive novelist and butterfly enthusiast Maggie, has kept the curtains of her dusty house drawn for many years. But as she and Erin spend evenings together by the fireside, sharing stories of the past, Erin feels her shattered heart begin to heal. In return, Erin agrees to help Maggie find her long lost family before it is too late.

Years ago, Maggie’s son Lucas ran away to the other side of the world after the death of her daughter ripped the family apart. Maggie is desperate to see Lucas again – there is something she needs him to know.

Erin wants to help Maggie find peace so she vows to track down her lost son. But when at last she finds Lucas, in a far- away place of searing heat and pearly sands, it becomes clear that he is hiding something too.

As Erin grows closer to Lucas and unravels the webs of deceit entangling mother and son, she learns about the terrible tragedy that changed their lives forever: the night when a little girl in a fairy nightdress went missing. But with Maggie’s time fast running out, is it too late for them to find the forgiveness they need to move on?

The Butterfly Room Book Cover


Family drama is great when it isn’t your own. And in The Butterfly Garden, we have double the drama as we delve into both Erin’s and Maggie’s family secrets.

I will admit that the blurb does give away a good chunk of what happens in the book, although it doesn’t reveal the secrets. However, The Butterfly Garden is more than just drama. It is about unlikely friendships and coming together when it is needed the most.

Maggie was likable at times but frustrating at others, yet I felt a connection to her. She reminded me of a friendship I had with a much older women. They weren’t alike personality wise but it reminded me of a nice period of my life and the value of friendships with all kinds of people.

I also enjoyed seeing Erin develop as a character. When she first meet her she is young, making lots of mistakes, but she grows into a strong woman who learns how to deal with her feelings and emotions.

The Butterfly Garden is emotional at times but also leaves you with a warm feeling in your tummy. However, it wasn’t as gripping as I thought it would be, at least in terms of the family secrets. Still, an enjoyable read and one to add to your list.

The Butterfly Garden is available to buy now.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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