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Butterfly Palace: Large Print Edition

by Colleen Coble

Christian Large Print - Cen | February 5, 2014 | Trade Paperback

Butterfly Palace: Large Print Edition is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 5.

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?

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 in

Published: February 5, 2014

Publisher: Christian Large Print - Cen

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1594154856

ISBN - 13: 9781594154850

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling Mystery Butterfly Palace Colleen Coble Book Summary: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? Review: This was a thrilling read!! I loved the premise and all the characters. They were well written and enjoyable. Lily was a great hero. She cared about everyone. Belle who had started off with a heart but arrogance due to her class turned into a great woman. Drew exciting and dashing. I loved that the secret passage in the house. It was sad when victims were killed and well written. It was the last 20 pages when the events intensified that I slowed down. So much was happening so fast in 20 pages it made it difficult to keep going. I just loved the entire story. The position of Lily as a maid was the gem in this story. Someone with so little power, yet she was able to be helpful and a sleuth.  I would like to thank Net Galley and Thomas Nelson -ficton for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
Date published: 2014-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! This was my first exposure to a Colleen Coble novel and it was wonderful! The writing was delightful and the characters came alive. I was drawn into the lives of both Lily and Andy (plus all the others). I am not a "romance reader" normally but this book includes great historical and mystery threads as well. Although there is a "boy and girl love element" to the book Coble has made their love a part of a larger plot that would make it palatable to those who just enjoy a good story. She definitely made this a page turner! I did wish there was more about the fate of some of the other characters at the end of the novel but it did not deter from the read. Also I felt the faith element at the end was not necessary--it felt tacked on. This book does not have a heavy handed Christian message so if you are looking to find a clear faith statement then you are reading the wrong book.  All in all, this was an excellent read and I'm looking forward to unearthing more of Colleen's books. I would recommend this to people who like a good character driven story with some great mystery elements. A review copy was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.
Date published: 2014-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Victorian Romance Mystery This was only my second ever Colleen Coble novel and I have to say I did enjoy it.  It fit the bill for the type of read I was wanting at the time:  easy reading, historical setting, bit of a romance, bit of mystery.  While it probably would be labeled historical fiction because of the time period it was in and involved the class distinctions of the rich and the servants it did feel like it had a bit of a contemporary flavor to it.  The mystery was the best part for me.  The author was able to put together 3 different puzzles and weave them with twists and turns that left me guessing right till the end whether one had anything to do with the other and who or who all was behind it.   While there was a violent aspect to part of the mystery I never felt it was gratuitous or overly described or written so as to strike "stay up at night" fear in me.  There were lots of characters but it was never confusing and their  personalities were definitely distinct.   Three of the main characters had definite growth happen by the end and I really like how that played out in the story.  In the end, it was a story that kept me turning the pages.
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a fantastic look at Victorian Austen I chose this book primarily for the title, this time, something I do not usually do. Butterfly Palace. I love butterflies and use them in as many crafts as I can. Then, I saw that the author was Colleen Coble, and I was hooked! Or pinned. This novel is so well written, the imagery so vivid that I will not look at a butterfly the same way again! I felt the horror of butterflies flying in my face, saw the multitude of pinned beauties, and marveled at the butterfly paintings. The mansion Lily works in is a far cry from the slummy building just behind the house, where a girl she befriends comes to live.  I hurt with Lily as life seems to hurl its worst at her, and thrilled as she grows and learns to draw closer to God. A beautiful romance with all the twists and turns of Colleens unique suspense throughout. Is Andy, or Drew as she must learn to call the man she thought she knew in Larson Texas, still one she can trust? Or has Austin changed everyone? I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers through their Booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions stated are my own.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Historical Suspense In 1904 Lily Donaldson leaves small-town Texas to work for the wealthy Marshall family in Austin. It’s not the best time to enter domestic service in the city, with the Servant Girl Killer on the loose. When Lily saves a young woman from an attacker, does she catch the killer's attention? Lily is a confident young woman, hard-working and skilled, but the opulent home they call the Butterfly Palace takes a bit of getting used to. And she’s creeped out by Mr. Marshall’s collection of exotic butterflies. She’s even more upset to meet her former fiancé, who deserted her at her father’s death. He’s using an assumed name, Drew Hawkes, and passing himself off as a businessman. Drew is a guest in her employers’ home, so Lily can’t avoid him—or the hurt that seeing him brings. She discovers he’s working with the Secret Service to break a counterfeiting ring. Lily is assigned as ladies’ maid to Belle Castle, the family’s beautiful niece. Belle has her eye on Drew, but her aunt and uncle have a more suitable match in mind. At first this looks like the familiar story of good servant vs. shallow rich woman, but the story doesn't stop there. Belle has been sheltered all her life, but she’s intelligent and courageous. When she discovers a plot to kill her uncle, Drew connects it to the counterfeiters. Despite their differences, Belle and Lily team up to help Drew uncover the villains. Will they be in time to save Mr. Marshall’s life? Butterfly Palace is another richly-crafted romantic suspense from best-selling author Colleen Coble, who writes both historical and contemporaries.  [A review copy was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.]
Date published: 2014-01-20

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Butterfly Palace: Large Print Edition

by Colleen Coble

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 in

Published: February 5, 2014

Publisher: Christian Large Print - Cen

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1594154856

ISBN - 13: 9781594154850

From the Publisher

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?