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Then, while serving at an elegant dinner party, Lilly recognizes one distinguished guest as Andrew, the love of her life, who abandoned her without a word back home. He seems to have assumed a new identity and refuses to acknowledge her, leaving her confused and reeling.
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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
Elegance and wealth. Privilege and politics. The extravagance of the Butterfly Palace overwhelmed Lilys senses and nearly smothered her painful memories. She pushed away her misgivings . . . She was perfectly safe in this huge house.
Austin, Texas1904: 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 Lilys 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 blacksmiths 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?
This story about the importance of having faith, especially in your darkest hour, is recommended for fans of Amanda Quick and Sandra Brown and for readers who enjoy romantic suspense and historical fiction. Library Journal
NanceeGrand Rapids, MichiganAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Suspense filled novelAugust 14, 2016NanceeGrand Rapids, MichiganAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Butterfly Palace is an early 20th Century romantic suspense that is steaped in murder and political conspiracy. Counterfeit money and greed add to an extremely complex plot set in Austin, Texas, home to the Butterfly Palace.
Numerous characters are portrayed in various situations throughout this complicated novel. With murder, theft, deception and suspicious individuals throughout, no one is exempt from being suspect to any number of questionable incidents. This is a fast paced story that leaves no room for boredom.
I had a bit of difficulty keeping characters straight, particularly male characters. The plot was well told, although a bit disjointed at times which led to some confusion. I had to backtrack a bit to clarify those scenes. The suspense held my attention throughout. It's a good weekend suspense read.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All expressed opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Cat4 Stars Out Of 5butterfly palaceMay 24, 2016CatQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I am enjoying this book and it has a very good story line. it will keep your attention
Sandy3 Stars Out Of 5Fits with the theme of the book.March 16, 2016SandyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Extremely suspenseful! A great read but disappointed in the heroine's morality standard - that she had not learned from the past.
hsm35 Stars Out Of 5Great Mystery!February 11, 2016hsm3Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As ususal, Colleen Coble made me forget about my housework and responsibilities as I got caught up into the life of the main character. I love a mystery and this one did not disappoint!
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5A Nice Vintage Mystery!March 3, 2015Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Lily Donaldson never expected to see the face of her once-beloved fiance , Andy Hawkins, ever again; especially posing as a fine gentleman around the grand dinner table at the famed Butterfly Palace. "Drew Hawkes", as he has introduced himself, is just as shocked; to see his beautiful Lily serving as a house maid in the Marshall's home; their reintroduction resurrecting pleasant memories of their past and torturous reminders of his abrupt abandonment following the murder of their fathers.
As Lily and Drew find themselves crossing each other's paths in the elegant, but strange-at-times mansion, it becomes clear that many people within their acquaintance are not at all who they present themselves to be. And when young blond servant girls in the Austin area continue to fall prey to a heinous serial killer, Drew is forced to reveal his true identity to Lily and pray that he can protect her as they dig deeper into a tangled web of crime.
This vintage mystery has a nice pace and leaves many questions unanswered until the story comes to a fitting conclusion.
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