Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Book Review ~ Butterfly Palace by Colleen Coble ~ 11/4/15

When Lilly Donnelly arrives at the Cutlers' famed Butterfly Mansion in 1899, the massive house and unfamiliar duties threaten to overwhelm her. Victorian Austin is lavish, highly political, and intimidating, but with the help of the other servants, Lilly resolves to prove herself to her new employers.

Then, while serving at an elegant dinner party, Lilly recognizes one distinguished guest as Andrew, the love of her life, who abandoned her without a word back home. He seems to have assumed a new identity and refuses to acknowledge her, leaving her confused and reeling.

Before Lilly can absorb this unwelcome news, she's attacked. Could it be the sinister Servant Girl Killer who has been terrorizing Austin? Or is it someone after something more personal--someone from her past?

Does she dare trust Andrew to help or is he part of the danger threatening to draw Lilly into its vortex?
My Thoughts:
 This was quite the mystery!  I confess that I had the killer somewhat figured out but I had no idea of all who were involved!  I was also surprised by a few who weren't involved!
I really liked Lily's character.  She was tough, compassionate and loyal.  She wasn't afraid to stand up for her friends even if it put her in danger.
"Drew" was a great hero other than the fact that he had run out on Lily four years earlier...  That made it hard for me to warm up to him.  But I eventually did as Lily forgave him.
The underlying theme of butterflies was quite interesting to read about.  I might have to do some research to find out if the era's butterfly obsession really happened.
This was a great read with twists, turns, unpredictable sidelines and some controversial topics as well.
I still can't believe the ending!  It would make a great period drama :)

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