- Publisher: Coble Colleen (February 5, 2014)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FDYTCAC
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 297 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,961,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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!
Butterfly Palace by Colleen Coble had such promise. The beginning was an excellent emotional action scene that showcased the two main characters, a couple, Lily and Drew who are engaged when the story opens. There are several plot lines—a serial attacker of servant girls, a fire in which Lily and Drew’s fathers die, a counterfeiting operation, an election campaign, a stolen rare Blue Morpho Butterfly, a murdered lady of means, an uncle trying to find his mid-twenties niece a husband, and Lily and Drew’s romance. Set in 1904, in two Texas cities, Larsen and Austin, the characters are drawn from real life and provided a glimpse into the beginnings of the Secret Service.
All of the plot lines were intermingled well and the narrative did not have any slow or unnecessary parts. As I said such promise. But, too melodramatic, too affected, in the presentation. I listened to Butterfly Palace as an Audible download and part of the problem was the narrator’s rendition. I have listened to many audio books, some of them theatrically rendered to great effect, some with mild levels of dramatic license here and there, and others as simple but high quality readings. In Butterfly Palace, the narrator drew out nearly every word over emphasizing and attaching artificial emotion. The end result—a cringing and tiresome. The other problems included a bit of clunky language, the disconcerting inclusion of God and faith near the end but not in the rest in the story, and too many collectors of allegedly rare and expensive butterflies in one city—one of which I found the timing of the introduction odd, and unbelievable.