A gorgeous family saga, full of secrets and lies
By Harriet Evans
A unputdownable new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of A Place for Us and The Butterfly Summer
'I adored The Wildflowers. A sweeping, epic, moving read' Marian Keyes
The new novel by Sunday Times bestseller Harriet Evans will transport you to a Dorset beach house, where you can feel the sand between your toes. Enter the home of Tony and Althea Wilde - the Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor of their generation and with a marriage every bit as stormy. This glorious tale of tangled family secrets and lies will leave you warm and glowing.
'A wonderful, engrossing novel, full of the most vivid characters and a truly memorable setting. A triumph' Sophie Kinsella
'She reels you in and then you're hooked, right to the last page' Patricia Scanlan
'I love it on so many levels, the immense feeling of place, the slow, irresistible sense of being drawn deep into the family and its story, and the strange hovering menace of somewhere in the idyll. Wonderful' Penny Vincenzi
Tony and Althea Wilde. Glamorous, argumentative ... adulterous to the core.
They were my parents, actors known by everyone. They gave our lives love and colour in a house by the sea - the house that sheltered my orphaned father when he was a boy.
But the summer Mads arrived changed everything. She too had been abandoned and my father understood why. We Wildflowers took her in.
My father was my hero, he gave us a golden childhood, but the past was always going to catch up with him ... it comes for us all, sooner or later.
This is my story. I am Cordelia Wilde. A singer without a voice. A daughter without a father. Let me take you inside.
Harriet Evans is 'perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes and Maeve Binchy' Best
Harriet Evans grew up in London. As a child she loved reading and making up stories. She then progressed on to teenage geekdom and agonised Sylvia Plath- style poetry it's probably best not to dwell on. The career in musical theatre she'd always dreamed of never materialised for whatever reason, and so she ended up at Bristol University where she read Classical Studies. In her twenties she was lucky enough to get a job as a secretary at a publishers and instantly realised working with books was what she'd always wanted to do. She was a fiction editor for ten happy years but left in 2009 to write full- time, making up stories all day.
Harriet still lives in London with her family. She likes old films, property websites, sloe gin cocktails, feminism and Bombay Mix, not in that order.
She'd love to hear from you - please contact her on Twitter at @HarrietEvans, Facebook at facebook.com/harrietevansbooks or via her website, www.harriet-evans.com.
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22 Feb 2018
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I adored The Wildflowers. A sweeping, epic, moving read — Marian Keyes
She reels you in and then you're hooked, right to the last page — Patricia Scanlan
A wonderful, engrossing novel, full of the most vivid characters and a truly memorable setting. A triumph — Sophie Kinsella
Reminiscent of Santa Montefiore with the emotional heart of Jojo Moyes. You'll frequently find yourself uttering the words: just one more page — CultureFly
I love it on so many levels, the immense feeling of place, the slow, irresistible sense of being drawn deep into the family and its story, and the strange hovering of menace somewhere in the idyll. Wonderful — Penny Vincenzi
The Butterfly Summer is an amazing achievement; heart-stopping and wonderful. It's an epic, sweeping, romantic story told brilliantly... I could practically feel the butterflies brushing against my cheeks as I read — Sophie Kinsella
Loved it — Gill Hornby
[A] delightfully engrossing tale . . . Romance, danger and an intriguing legacy - an ideal holiday read — The Lady
Moving, gripping, heartbreaking — Kate Williams
Great characters, gorge house, intriguing mystery, what's not to love?! — Lucy Diamond
Multi-layered, heartbreaking and as beautiful as a butterfly wing — Veronica Henry
A crumbling house in Cornwall and a family with lots of secrets are brought to life by the evocative writing in Harriet Evans' novel The Butterfly Summer — Good Housekeeping
Gorgeous — Cathy Rentzenbrink, Stylist
A delightfully engrossing read — Sarra Manning, Red magazine
Harriet Evans' writing is just perfect — Linda’s Book Bag
This absorbing, well-written book has a fairy-tale feel to it — Fabulous, Sun on Sunday
Intriguing and full of twists and turns — T*Rexes and Tiaras Blog