Review From User :
One of the main complaints about this book, from reading other reviews, is that it's hard to get into - but I was sucked in from the first page and I loved the moving back and forward through time to slowly unravel the mysteries of the past.
Harriet Evans is one of those writers who teach me a lot about my own writing, who continually make me up my game and this book (& it's reviews) was no exception. I had a bit of an epiphany about my own books if I'm honest.
All that aside, one of the best books I've read in a long time. Can't believe I didn't read it last summer but I guess I read it when I was meant to.
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.