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Written with passion and love, at first Butterfly Palace seems like all of the other stories in this genre but, with the addition of several murders, goes in a different direction. Readers will come to care about the characters and their plight very much. Two different storylines leave readers wondering how they are connected throughout the tale. 
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About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several bestselling romantic suspense novels, including Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series.

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  • File Size: 1762 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 28, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 28, 2014
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DNBE91Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,116 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Best-selling author Colleen Coble's novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. Visit her website at http://colleencoble.com.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Famolari on May 3, 2014
Format: Paperback
Lily Donaldson lost her father in a fire that also claimed the life of her fiancé, Andy's, father. After the fire, Andy, disappears, and she's left to wonder why.

When Lily's mother dies, she takes a position in Austin. It's 1904 and the city is bursting with wealth and intrigue. Lily settles into her duties at the Butterfly Palace, the palatial home where she's a maid, but the past comes alive when she recognizes one of the guests and her ex-fiancé. She's disappointed when he pretends to not recognize her.

Andy's coldness is not the only problem in Austin. Lily is attacked in the churchyard by a man who is probably the Servant Girl Killer. She escapes, but now she wonders is anyone safe?

Unlike most of Colleen Coble's books this one has a very complex plot with political intrigue, murder, and counterfeiting. It's almost too many threads for one story. The characters seem superficial and behave in ways I doubt would have been allowed in the Austin society of 1904.

I also felt the book was rushed. There are many instances where the clues and what they characters know are contradictory. It even happens when the author is describing the weather. I rather enjoyed the plot, but all the errors detracted from the story. If you like Colleen Coble's books you may enjoy this one, but it's not one of her best.

I reviewed this book for Net Galley.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 21, 2014
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Best-selling author,Colleen Coble delivers an intriguing story of wealth, loss, deceit and power. Lily Donaldson has been on both sides of the fence, learning the difference between rich, and poor. After her romantic break-up with Andy, and dealing with the loss of her mother, Lily searches for a new beginning. Accepting a job as a kitchen maid in the Butterfly Palace, Lily was convinced she would be distracted from her painful thoughts and memories, while focusing on her duties in the beautiful mansion. She didn't mind working for the Marshall family, which made her content in starting out fresh, until unexpected situations began to make her uncomfortable.

The memories of a broken heart began to haunt Lily, when confronted by the man who abandoned her, while she was serving guests at a dinner party. She never dreamed that Andy would be one of the guests, and wanted to run, and hide. Not only did Lily have to worry about the unexpected distinguished guest, who left her distraught, but other problems among the maids were brewing. Lily began to have doubts about her decision to take the new job, and now she may quickly need a way out.

Colleen Coble describes the true definition of wealth, politics, and deceit, as one woman searches for truth through a web of lies. The reader is invited to a behind the scenes lifestyle of the rich as we witness what goes on behind closed doors. Intriguing, entertaining, and enjoyable. Highly recommended!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sweet_Pea_3 on April 8, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The setting for this book is the very interesting Butterfly Palace, an old palace brought over from Europe and reconstructed in Austin, Texas. It's full if secret passage ways, mystery ... and dead butterflies. The wealthy master of the house, Mr. Everett Marshall, collects rate butterfly specimens. Thus the name of the book.

That being said, unfortunately the book is not worthy of it's rather exotic setting. The writing is stilted and the story down right unbelievable. If you're in the secret service you sure don't go around telling people. If you were a brand new lady's maid you best keep your opinions to yourself - and not go running off in the middle of the day - or you would be fired for sure. There is just too much in this story that doesn't add up. I really didn't like the fact that Drew and Lily had such an intimate past but it never seems like a very big deal. That was almost excused by the fact that they had been engaged. It was all very cheesy and so disappointing from an author I had come to respect.

This book was provided to me by Thomas Nelson. My opinion is my own.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kathy M. Matthes on February 27, 2014
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I've recently discovered Colleen Coble's books. I loved the Lighthouse series, so I thought I'd try some of her other novels. I was not disappointed. Her books always have a good pace with just enough description to provide details but not so much that it bogs down the pace. She has enough period detail to make it convincing. This book is no different. The mystery is compelling and has a lot of red herrings so that we don't really know who will turn out to be the bad guy until the end--as well as if the boy will get the girl. It's great storytelling. My only qualm is that she focuses a bit too much on the physical details of the attraction between the hero and heroine--a bit too much of hearts pounding, intense desire to kiss, passion inflamed, etc. As a Christian novel, I think that part goes a bit too far. She does this in all of the novels I've read of hers. It's at the edge of tasteful, in my opinion. However, those who love period mysteries will not be disappointed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Barb M on March 17, 2014
Format: Paperback
I was extremely disappointed with this book. I have loved many of her novels in the past but this seemed to be written by an entirely different person! The plot itself wasn't bad but it unfolded poorly; the writing was stiff and repetitive, the characters weren't brought to life. It reads like a first attempt at writing a novel for teensl. I almost put it down several times but I kept thinking it would get better. It didn't. In fact, it got worse as the mystery unravelled at the end. If you've loved her previous books, don't ruin it all by reading this one.
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