The Butterfly House
Publication Date: March 2012
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"I was fifteen when my mother finally told me 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 are 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 on 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 at Roberta Dutreau's door, forcing her to begin a journey back to her 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?
M. K. Preston grew up on a wheat farm in Oklahoma, near a town not too different from the setting of her mystery series. She still lives in central Oklahoma, where the rivers run red in springtime and the cottonwoods lean toward the North Star. By day she edits and publishes Byline, a nationally distributed trade magazine for writers.