The Butterfly House (MIRA S.)

by Marcia Preston | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0778301168 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Tregossip of St. Austell, Cornwall United Kingdom on 8/18/2006
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19 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Tregossip from St. Austell, Cornwall United Kingdom on Friday, August 18, 2006
Read and enjoyed
Roberta and Cynthia are destined to be good friends forever. When both your fathers are missing you have a lot in common. Unable to cope with her alcoholic mother, Roberta finds Cynthia's house the perfect carefree refuge.
Cynthia's mother keeps beautiful rare butterflies in her sunporch and she's everything Roberta wishes her own mother could be. But just like the delicate creatures they nurture, the women are living in a hothouse.
Years later, a hauntingly familiar stranger knocks on Roberta's door - - - -

Going on a ring as a book to share
CLOSES 5/9/06
Tregossip - Me, UK SENT 1/9/06
Annodyne,UK, post anywhere ( Done )
sejent, Kentucky, USA, post USA only.(Done)
sweetybeans, Oregan, USA, post USA Done
mellion108, Michigan,USA, post anywhere Done
CanberraPenny, Vienna, Austria. Done
dutchbooky, Amsterdam. post EU Done
fairy-dust, UK, post UK prefered Done
Cross-patch, UK post anywhere
BonnethillBunny UK post EU
Inver UK post EU
LindyLouMac Italy, post EU Miss, has own copy
Return to Tregossip UK

Journal Entry 2 by Tregossip at -- Controlled release in St. Austell, Cornwall United Kingdom on Friday, September 01, 2006

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To Annodyne first in ring

Journal Entry 3 by Annodyne from Sale, Cheshire United Kingdom on Monday, September 04, 2006

Thank you for the book Tregossip! It arrived today, and I'm looking forward to making a start in the coming week.

Journal Entry 4 by Annodyne from Sale, Cheshire United Kingdom on Sunday, September 10, 2006
I found this an easy read and enjoyable read, spoiled a little bit perhaps by being predictable, with the ending being easy to foresee. However, it has a strong story line, with enough tension to keep the pages turning quickly.

Thanks to Tregossip for sharing this as a bookring.I hadn't come across Marcia Preston before and I shall be looking out for more work from this author. "My stomach felt like a jarful of wings" for example, is the most memorable simile I've read in a long time!

Next stop USA! - packed and ready to be posted to sejent in Kentucky.




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Posted to fellow book crosser sejent.

Journal Entry 6 by sejent from Louisville, Kentucky USA on Saturday, September 16, 2006
Received in today's mail. I will start reading soon and will journal again when I have finished.

Journal Entry 7 by sejent from Louisville, Kentucky USA on Saturday, November 04, 2006
A powerful story.

Sending to sweetybeans in OR.

Journal Entry 8 by sweetybeans from Cottage Grove, Oregon USA on Thursday, November 23, 2006
just got the book. i have one ahead of this one. will get to asap :)
thanks for sharing

Journal Entry 9 by sweetybeans from Cottage Grove, Oregon USA on Wednesday, December 13, 2006
the story was a quick read (2 days), but it was powerful and was well written. i do agree with annodyne that the ending was a bit predictable, but i still enjoyed the book. thanks for sharing tregossip.

Journal Entry 10 by mellion108 from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan USA on Sunday, December 31, 2006
Thanks for sending this my way, sweetybeans! And thanks to you, Tregossip, for sharing.

The book is here safe and sound. Things are a bit hectic for the next couple of days, but I'll try to start this one in the next week or so and get it moving again as quickly as possible.

Happy New Year!
Trade paperback, 301 pages

From the back cover:
I was fifteen when my mother finally told me the truth about my father. She didn't mean to. She meant to keep it a secret forever. If she'd succeeded, it might have saved us all.

Roberta and Cynthia were destined to be best friends forever. When both your fathers are missing you have a lot in common. Unable to cope with her alcoholic mother, Roberta finds Cynthia's house the perfect carefree refuge.

Cynthia's mother keeps beautiful rare butterflies in her sunporch and she's everything Roberta wishes her own mother could be. But just like the delicate creatures they nurture, the women are living in a hothouse.

Years later, a hauntingly familiar stranger knocks on Roberta Dutreau's door, forcing her to begin a journey back to childhood. But is she ready to know the truth about what happened to her, her best friend Cynthia and their mothers that tragic night ten years ago?

Journal Entry 11 by mellion108 from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan USA on Saturday, January 20, 2007
Ok, I needed a few tissues to get through the last 25 pages or so. ;-) Yes, the story is a bit predictable, but I enjoyed the characters, and the book kept my interest all the way through. Surprisingly, I was much more charmed by Aunt Olivia and Harley, and I would like to read something more about them (a sequel perhaps?).

Thanks for sharing this one. I have CanberraPenny's address and will get this in the mail within the next week. Travel safely, little book!

Journal Entry 12 by mellion108 from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan USA on Sunday, January 21, 2007
UPDATE: Mailed to CanberraPenny on Sat. Jan. 20, 2007

Journal Entry 13 by CanberraPenny from not specified, not specified not specified on Monday, January 29, 2007
Got this in today's mail - will read within a week and keep it moving.

Journal Entry 14 by CanberraPenny from not specified, not specified not specified on Friday, February 02, 2007
I really enjoyed this book, sure it's predictable but the characters are well developed and it's a good story. I think this author is releasing a new book this year - I'm certainly going to look out for it. Thanks tregossip for organising this Ring.

Will mail this book to dutchbooky on Monday 5th February 2007.

Journal Entry 15 by dutchbooky from Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Monday, February 12, 2007
Arrived in the mail today. Thanks Canberrapenny for sending and Tregossip for sharing. It will have to wait a little while, my TBR is quite large at the moment!

Journal Entry 16 by dutchbooky from Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Friday, March 09, 2007
What a powerful story this was! Read the book on the train to and from work and sometimes wished I would not have to get off just to keep on reading. I do agree with many other readers that the ending is somewhat predictable, but then sometimes you just need a happy ending!

Waiting for fairy-dust's address to send it on its way again.

Released 12 yrs ago (3/17/2007 UTC) at By Mail in Sent to a fellow BookCrosser, Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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Mailing this off today. Enjoy, Fairy-dust!

Journal Entry 18 by fairy-dust from Stockport, Cheshire United Kingdom on Saturday, March 24, 2007
Received in the post today. Thanks dutchbooky! These ring/ray books really are getting here just at the right time at the moment - I just finished the book I was reading this morning so I can get a start on this straight away!

Journal Entry 19 by fairy-dust from Stockport, Cheshire United Kingdom on Friday, March 30, 2007
I finished this much quicker than I expected to - I just couldn't put it down! I was hooked right from the very beginning, it's one of the best opening chapters I've read. I agree with Annodyne, it was a bit predictable but it was still a really good story. I love books with complicated families and complicated relationships. I read most of it in my lunch hours at work and those hours just weren't long enough. I wanted to stay and carry on reading! I'd never heard of Marcia Preston before - but I'm eagerly awaiting the next book now!

Thanks for sharing Tregossip - and thanks for introducing me to a new author - don't you just love bookcrossing?!!

I've PMd Cross-patch for her address and will send this on its way hopefully early next week sometime.

Journal Entry 20 by fairy-dust from Stockport, Cheshire United Kingdom on Friday, April 06, 2007
Posted out to Cross-patch on wednesday (sorry for the delay in making a JE for the release!) - hope you enjoy it!

Journal Entry 21 by wingCross-patchwing from Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 10, 2007
I've been away for Easter, but I'm told this book arrived on Saturday. Thank you, Tregossip and fairy-dust. It looks like a good one!

Journal Entry 22 by wingCross-patchwing from Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Saturday, May 19, 2007
I agree with fairy-dust; the opening chapter was gripping. I enjoyed the characters, skipped the butterflies, and wondered why everyone was painfully and needlessly 'protecting' everyone else! I enjoyed Bobbie's running away chapter the best - perhaps because it was the most optimistic part of the book. I'll read more Marcia Preston too. Thank you Tregossip for the introduction.

The book will go off to BonnethillBunny in the post on Monday.

Journal Entry 23 by BonnethillBunny from Pitlochry, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, May 28, 2007
Thank you arrived ok, took it to scout camp and didn't read a thing!
Will start tonight in my warm bed!

Journal Entry 24 by BonnethillBunny from Pitlochry, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, July 11, 2007
This was an intriguing book, I often wondered what was actually goin on as sometimes it jumped from past to present and I was desperate to know what the big thing was that happened in the past! Easy to read and enjoyed very much.

Journal Entry 25 by Inver from Aberdeen, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, July 13, 2007
Put into my hand by Bonnethillbunny (sis). Look forward to reading it. 1 and a 1/2 bookrings to go before I get to this one though.

Journal Entry 26 by Inver from Aberdeen, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, August 02, 2007
Loved the book. Liked the way it was written. It goes between present and past in alternate chapters but didn't disrupt the reading of the story, as some books do and make it difficult to follow. So wanted to see where the butterflies lived in Lenora's house. Nearly needed tissues towards the end though. Liked all the characters. Would have finished it sooner on my hols but was only finding time to read it at night and kepts falling asleep, but was nothing to do with it not holding my interest. Must put Marcia Preston on my wish list. Anyone else read others by her? Will get it in the post to LindyLouMac soon.

6/8/07 LindyLouMac has her own copy...will get it back to Tregossip ASAP

Journal Entry 27 by Inver at -- Controlled Release in Aberdeen, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, August 10, 2007

Released 11 yrs ago (8/10/2007 UTC) at -- Controlled Release in Aberdeen, Scotland United Kingdom

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Sending the book home for a well earned rest. On behalf of us all thank you for sharing this great read. Safe journey home!

Journal Entry 28 by Tregossip from St. Austell, Cornwall United Kingdom on Monday, August 13, 2007
Welcome home book and you look good after your travels
Thank you all for your JE's and Inver for the card and message
Back on the bookshelf for now but available

Ready for a second trip out as a RAY
Tregossip (me)posted air-mail14/1/08
sahahjanemc USA post USA only arrived 21/1/08
Shausha USA post USA/UK arrived Feb 08
bilbi France post anywhere arrived May 08
midlifecrisis UK post UK/EU
Moonwolf Portugal no posting preferences recieved
Isabelopes Portugal post anywhere
Kiki66 Germany
seethroughfaith Norway, Nordic countries but will do EU
return to Tregossip UK

Journal Entry 29 by Tregossip at -- Controlled release in St. Austell, Cornwall United Kingdom on Saturday, January 12, 2008

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on it's way again

Journal Entry 30 by sarahjanemc from Monmouth, Oregon USA on Wednesday, January 23, 2008
I got the book in the mail this weekend and i'm LOVING it so far! Thanks for including a list of the readers with the book, totally helpful.

Journal Entry 31 by sarahjanemc from Monmouth, Oregon USA on Sunday, January 27, 2008
Just finished the book! It was a great, easy read to distract me from school work!
PMing Shausha for shipping info!

Journal Entry 32 by Shausha from Kersey, Pennsylvania USA on Thursday, February 28, 2008
Shausha: book arrived safely in snowy Pennsylvania USA. It looks really good. Am very impressed at this book's round the world travels. wish I could travel like that.

Journal Entry 33 by Shausha from Kersey, Pennsylvania USA on Tuesday, March 18, 2008
What a great book! I loved it. Very interesting. Coincidentally, my brother and sister-in-law and niece and nephew live around the area where the book takes place. will pm next in line.

Journal Entry 34 by Shausha from Kersey, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, May 05, 2008
many apologies in keeping this book so long. On it's way to France by the end of the week. very good book!

Journal Entry 35 by bilbi from Chambéry, Rhône-Alpes France on Friday, May 16, 2008
Received today with many, many books !

Thanks Shausha, I wasn't expecting so many books just by sending books to your cousin !
Hope he'll enjoy the books as I will certainly enjoy these !

On the picture, you can see the books overlooking my parents' garden on this sunny day (you can even see my car !!!)

That's really the bookcrossing I love \o/

Journal Entry 36 by bilbi from Chambéry, Rhône-Alpes France on Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Well... How should I say it...

It's not about the content of the book, it's about me...

I mean, shausha sent me a huge number of books and this one was part of the parcel so I put it somewhere on my Mt TBR...

Well... Shall I go on ?...

I was having a look at my bookshelf for a book to read as I'm on holiday and tomorrow I'm leaving for Saint-Malo (via Bourges) for a Megabookcrossing (a book hunt in the city !)...

Do you see where this is all about ?

I was having a glance at this book and WHAT DID I FIND IN IT ?

Well, hum hum...

A card with some names on it, with that last sentence RETURN TO TREGOSSSIP...

Well...

After a month I'm only realising that it a BOOKRING (I'm just whistling a little at the moment...)

So I DO SAY that this book is not on my Mt TBR, it's MY TBR !!!!!!

Sorry for the delay,

Apologies from a froggy girl ;-)

Journal Entry 37 by bilbi from Chambéry, Rhône-Alpes France on Tuesday, June 24, 2008
I really enjoyed the story even if I've been a bit disappointed by the last third of the book... I don't know why...

The book's now back on the ray track !

Journal Entry 38 by Midlifecrisis from St. Austell, Cornwall United Kingdom on Wednesday, July 02, 2008
This one arrived safely this morning - thank you Bilbi for the beautiful postcard. I will read and journal as soon as possible.

Journal Entry 39 by Midlifecrisis from St. Austell, Cornwall United Kingdom on Monday, July 14, 2008
I LOVED this and almost got through it in one sitting. I must be so gullible, because I didn't find the denouement predictable at all! And yes, I shed a tear as well in some places. I have read so many enjoyable books lately - do you get patches where everything that arrives in the post is a delight? This was certainly a goodie. I will journal again as soon as it is on its way to Sweden.

Journal Entry 40 by Midlifecrisis from St. Austell, Cornwall United Kingdom on Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Did not manage to make contact with Moonwolf, whose shelf suggests he/she has been inactive for some time. So I now have an address for Isabelopes and the book will be in the post to her tomorrow.

Journal Entry 41 by Isabelopes from Cacém, Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Got it today along with some 4 more.... I'll drown in books...

Journal Entry 42 by Isabelopes from Cacém, Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Thursday, November 13, 2008
Sent yesterday to Moonwolf. A good story. An easy reading.

Journal Entry 43 by Moonwoolf from Azambuja, Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Monday, November 17, 2008
It has arrived today. Thank you for sharing and sending, this book. I'm looking forward to read it, although i have several books to read first. I'll say something when i finish read. See ya.

03-03-2009=> Sory for keeping it for so long time. A beautifull book, i liked very much.
It will keep traveling very soon. Thank you

03-01-2012=> Ready to send. Just waiting for address of kiki66..

Journal Entry 44 by kiki66 at Gauting, Bayern Germany on Saturday, February 25, 2012
Heureka!

it is here!
I have totally forgotten that I joined this ring.. so it is kind of a surprise ring now :-)
there's one ring before but I get this on the road again soon!

Journal Entry 45 by kiki66 at Gauting, Bayern Germany on Sunday, March 04, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (3/3/2012 UTC) at Gauting, Bayern Germany

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So, the book is on its way to the UK - where seethroughfaith is currently living.

I contacted Tregossip about what to do with the book afterwards and she told me to keep it since she doesn't want to have it back. Which I think is a pity now that the book is finally on the move again. But anyway - seethroughfaith, you can ask her again or keep it - just as you like...

About the book: I enjoyed reading it, I liked the way the author jumped to and fro in time and the characters, too.

Journal Entry 46 by seethroughfaith at Calver, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Saturday, March 10, 2012
This just arrived (bookring)

yay :)

noted that I'm at the end of the ring ... can offer it forward when done

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