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?