by Colleen Coble
Elegance and wealth. Privilege and politics. The extravagance of the Butterfly Palace overwhelmed Lily’s senses and nearly smothered her painful memories. She pushed away her misgivings . . . She was perfectly safe in this huge house.
Austin, Texas—1904: Abandoned by the love of her life and still mourning the loss of her mother, Lily Donaldson has turned her back on the pain and come to Austin for a fresh start, working for the Marshall family as a kitchen maid in their luxurious mansion, the Butterfly Palace. The tasks before her are legion, and her mistress less than pleasant, but at least Lily’s new life will be, if nothing else, distracting.
But one night, while serving at a dinner party, Lily recognizes the man who abandoned her, Andy, her liaison from the livery stable, the blacksmith’s son . . . sitting among the distinguished guests. Though he recognizes her, Andy does not acknowledge her aloud, and Lily is left reeling, flabbergasted, and irate.
But before she can get an explanation, the path of the Servant Girl Killer swerves very close to the Butterfly Palace, sowing terror among the maids. Having come to Austin to start anew, Lily suddenly feels trapped in a spider web. How can she know who to trust in a house where lies come dressed in fine suits and deceit in silk gowns the colors of butterfly wings?
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. Would it be a heartwarming story about butterflies, or is there something else altogether lurking within the pages of Butterfly Palace? Well, its a whole lot of both! And if you are familiar with Colleen Coble’s writing, you know there is some mystery or suspense and thrills somewhere in the story.
Loosing her mom and dad, Lilly decided to leave everything behind and move elsewhere to find a job. And she found one at the Butterfly Palace. And she finds out her boss is addicted to butterflies. Real ones as well as dead ones. They were everywhere, and Lily especially hated going to the ‘butterfly room’ in the basement, with dead butterflies lurking everywhere. Lily seemed to fit right in as a servant, but when she finds out about the Servant Girl Killer, she really wonders if she is in the right place. But circumstances places Lily in the middle of an illegal operation, causing dangerous situations to Lily and those around her.
Its difficult for me to write a review on this book because I want to tell you what it is all about, and that will ruin it for you. I know some people have already let the cat out of the bag, or maybe the butterfly out of its cage, but I can’t do that. I will say that if you enjoy and good whodoneit thriller, you will love Butterfly Palace. I fell in love with some of the characters, others were suspicious, but I wanted to find out about them all! And just as I thought I had the plot all figured out, Ms. Coble weaves so many twists and turns, suspicions about so many people, that I had no idea who was going to be guilty! I highly recommend this new book by Colleen Coble. You will fall in love with Ms. Coble and her awesome writing skills!
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