Drugs, bikers (and) prison breaks provide surprising plot twists in this rough-and-tumble romance. Liza is a bookworm...drawn to delicate poetry (and) the predictable flight of the monarch butterfly....in this daring effort set in '60s and '70s Ontario...Yet there is a secret she shares with no one--her deep and all-consuming love for her cousin, D'Arcy "Dace" Devereux...it's intriguing to see the life of the average biker during the height of the Hell's Angels in America...(and) Black has a flair for historical novels...(She also) shows remarkable storytelling depth. Kirkus Reviews
***** Dace...is about 17 when the book begins and the reader knows from the start that he is drawn to trouble. He sort of reminded me of James Dean, handsome, tempting and sure to cause suffering... Black has written a very descriptive account of the prison. She brings the scenes in her book to life and they march off the pages. -Anne B. from Readers Favorite
From the Author
My work as a reference librarian helped me enrich the setting and heighten the suspense of From the Chrysalis by using historical detail about the deadliest event in Canadian penal history, the Kingston Penitentiary Riot of April 1971.