Title: The Glass Butterfly
Author: A.G. Howard
Series: Haunted Hearts Legacy #3
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal, Historical Romance
Publisher: Golden Orb Press
Release Date: August 15th, 2018
Source: E-galley from author which did not influence my review
My rating: 4 stars
to a decade, twenty-five-year-old Felicity Lonsdale has masqueraded as a
dowager almost twice her age—selling caterpillars to butterfly
consortiums—enabling her to hide an ill-fated past while raising her late
brother’s daughters. Together, the three live on an isolated Irish estate
bequeathed by a dying earl. When the earl’s estranged son arrives to claim his
inheritance by threatening to expose Felicity’s true identity, she longs to
pack up her nieces and run. But a ghostly secret within the castle’s turret
holds her captive.
Nick Thornton—a Roma viscount’s heir—is also captive. After a tryst with an
investor’s wife nearly destroyed his family’s holiday resort, Nick forsook
everything to elope with her. However, a tragic mistake at his hand led to her
and his baby’s deaths. Refusing to turn to the family he shamed, Nick travels
to seek the countess who once co-wrote a romance with his sister. There’s rumor
of a special butterfly in her keep—a transparent-winged species with ties to
the afterlife. Nick hopes to contact his dead wife and child, for only their
forgiveness can free him.
Upon his arrival to Felicity’s estate, Nick offers to help her defeat the
earl’s son, on the condition she allow Nick to investigate her glass
butterflies. Felicity agrees, though fears the closer he gets to the ghosts of
his past, the closer he’ll come to uncovering her own. As Nick spends time with
Felicity and her nieces, he realizes the mystery enshrouding this fragile
countess and her castle is more intriguing than the ghosts he originally came
to find. And perhaps putting his dead to rest and helping her do the same will
be his true path to redemption.
The other half of the couple in this one is Felicity. She is the woman with the long white hair you see on the cover. Only she is not as old as she seems to be. She is hiding from her own past, and trying to keep her nieces safe from being separated with their own parents lost, just like she and her brother were separated when they were children. She will do whatever it takes to keep these girls from having to go through what she went through.
The connection between the two is based on a past event that was intense, emotional, and life-changing. Once again this author has created a beautiful world, that she describes with such vivid language that you feel as if you are there as you read. I loved the idea of the butterflies, and also the little bit of science thrown in with old tales and quotes from classics, in this case, Shakespeare. The attraction between Felicity and Nick is also done well. You can feel the sexual tension between them, both in the way they can barely resist each other, as well as the humorous banter that pops up from the first meeting we read in the book. The characters are all well developed, and I really loved the youngest niece, she was quite amusing in her set ways of a young girl, and the questions she asked and the comments she made about what she saw going on around her. The mystery of what happened with the girls’ father, as well as what he’d discovered that had led Nick to their door was drawn out in such a way that I was on the edge of my seat, trying to figure it out as I read. But in the end I was still pleasantly surprised at the creativity of how the author handled the whole situation, and the magical spin she put on it. I also love how a real family can be one that overlooks things, that is there for each other in the end, and how a bad guy might even have a slight bit of redemption, making every character truly human.
Another great story from A.G. Howard. And I look forward to the fourth book in the series which will be sister Emilia’s story. I have a bit of an inkling where it just might go. I can’t wait to find out if I have guessed correctly, or if the author will lead me on another merry tale of romance and ghostly intrigue.
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