Christmas at Butterfly Cove
All she wants for Christmas…
When talented artist Nee Sutherland returns to Butterfly Cove for her sister’s wedding, it’s only a matter of time before she has to face her own bridegroom – Luke Spenser – the man she impulsively married, then left in the middle of the night.
Nee hasn’t picked up her paintbrushes in months, a part of her is broken. She knows Luke might never forgive her, leaving him was the biggest mistake of her life – but could coming home for Christmas be the best decision she’s ever made?
Maybe all she needs is a little Christmas miracle…
A delightfully feel-good festive romance, perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Rachael Lucas and Hilary Boyd.
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‘I’m not coming to Butterfly Cove.’
The ever-present simmer of anger in his gut boiled over. ‘Leave it!’ Damn. None of this was Arron’s fault, not Kiki or Mia’s either. There was only one person responsible for turning his life upside down.
He shoved a hand through his hair. ‘Sorry.’
His brother hunched closer across the table. ‘You have to speak to her sometime, bro. I don’t know what happened to her in New York, but she’s a mess.’
His temper spiked again. ‘And how is that my problem?’
Aaron gripped his forearm. ‘She’s your wife, Luke. For better, for worse and all that.’
He’d heard enough. He loved Aaron, but if he didn’t shut the hell up, Luke would say something unforgivable. He stood up, lifted his glass and drained the last third of his pint. ‘We’d better get back.’ He left the table without another word.
He was a couple of hundred yards up the road before Aaron caught up with him. Falling into step, he kept his eyes fixed on the road ahead of them. ‘We heard your argument, Kiki and me. After the wedding.’
Luke stopped dead. ‘What?’
Aaron faced him, one shoulder lifted in an apologetic shrug. ‘Outside the barn. We didn’t mean to, we were in the shadows at the side of the building.’
What the hell had they been doing lurking in the dark like that? It had been the night Aaron finally opened his heart to Kiki and…oh. The embarrassed flush on his brother’s face spoke volumes. He raised an eyebrow at him and the redness darkened.
‘Yeah, anyway. We weren’t snooping, but we heard what Nee said, about leaving you being a mistake. She sounded pretty sincere to me. Can’t you at least give her a chance to explain?’
A car approached, and they stepped onto the grass verge to let it pass. As soon as the road was clear again, Luke started walking. He didn’t want to think about the wedding. Didn’t want to think about how delicate and slight Nee had looked, the aching sorrow in her voice when she’d tried to talk to him. He heard Aaron’s footsteps behind him. Without looking around, he held up a hand in warning. ‘No more. The subject is closed.’
He couldn’t give her a chance to explain, because then he’d have to admit to the true source of his anger—himself. For all his protestations, he didn’t care why she’d left. He just wanted her back. And what kind of an idiot did that make him?
I loved, loved, loved this book!!! It was such a heartfelt story. Full of pain, love, and anger. Everyone is back at Butterfly Cove again. But things are not at a happy place at this time and troubles are on the horizon. Nee is back from New York. She is withdrawn, lost, a shell of the vibrant person she was. Broken. Everyone is on edge with her return as they are unsure how to handle the interaction between Nee and Luke.
Luke is still angry at Nee for leaving and some harsh words have been said, but Nee admitted to him that leaving was the worst mistake she ever made. Is this true? Can he forgive? Will she tell him why she left? Will she talk about what happened to her in New York?
These characters have us wrapped around their fingers. They have so much love to give and that does not change in this book. The show the true meaning of family and the strength that family gives to one another in a time of need. This story focuses on Nee and Luke. Nee is really lost and broken inside and unable to come out from the vortex of betrayal and hurt that is swallowing her whole. Luke is worried about her and he is not going to give up on her. He is a wonderful man and has a good strong character, so full of love.
This story is a bundle of emotions. You have the joy of Christmas with family and friends. You also have the pain and turmoil of someone you love who has lost their way. You have the love of husbands who would sacrifice anything for their wives. You have the healing process of abuse and cruelty like nothing you have ever seen. This series is amazing with all it’s tales of love, hurt, loss and the bond. Sarah has really wrapped up the Butterfly gang in a nice Christmas Bow. She really wrote a wonderful ending to her stories of Butterfly Cove. I will miss my friends at the Butterfly Cove. But is nice to know that they will be ok.
*ARC provided by Sarah Bennett and Neverland Book Tours
Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of bookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.
Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives.
When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.
Sarah is the author of the Butterfly Cove trilogy, published by HQ Digital UK. You can also look forward to a new series coming in 2018, set in the beautiful seaside town of Lavender Bay.
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