Amy has been sent to live with her aunt at Meadow Hill Manor in Belper, Derbyshire, to help her ‘recover’. Rumours abound that the house is haunted, but Amy doesn’t care. It’s just another place to live and Amy is determined not to care about anything. What would be the point?
Amy’s obsession with shutting the world out is interrupted when she hears strange noises in the house. Here she finds herself drawn to a mysterious, magical power hidden within the building. Should she ignore it, or should she face her fears and embrace this strange, new magic?
Heart-warming and unique, The Butterflies of Meadow Hill Manor is a moving fantasy fiction which sensitively weaves themes of grief and anxiety along with friendship and discovery to deliver a truly magical story.
Stefanie Parks was born and raised in the beautiful county of Derbyshire which became the inspiration and setting for her stories. She trained as a teacher at Derby University and after working locally for five years, decided to explore the world with her husband. Together they worked their way around a handful of countries and are currently living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Stefanie has written consistently during her travels; her stories always linking her back to her homeland.
Mama Cass (Guest Review) - 03 Dec, 2023
I am absolutely astounded by the creativity and writing of this debut YA novel by Stefanie Parks. What a beautiful story! Thought-provoking, interesting and heartfelt.
Amy is a 12-year-old girl, sent to live with her Aunt Wilhelmina after a tragic event. She is obviously grieving, dissociating often, and breathing away the hurt feelings in her meager existence. Since the event happened a couple of years ago, she has quit talking. The Manor is allegedly haunted with all kinds of tinkling noises and dream whispers. And best of all, there is Butterfly Magic.
Amy is a sweet girl, haunted by her tragedy, filled with anxiety but yet hopeful and strong. The author has beautifully woven her and created a rich tapestry with colorful characters.
Highly, highly recommend!