Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Butterfly Palace By Colleen Coble Book Review

/ / Butterfly Palace / /

/ / A Novel / /

{Review Written By Madi}
Book Title: Butterfly Palace
Author: Colleen Coble
Genre: Christian Fiction
Source: Harper Collins
Number Of Pages: 328
ISBN: 978-1-59554-783-5
Publishers: Thomas Nelson
Year Of Publication: 2014
Rating: Five Out Of Five Stars

/ / Book Description / /

Lilly secures a job as lady's maid in a grand manor in Austin, Texas. But even far from home, her past lurks around every corner.

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?

/ / Book Review / /

 Colleen Coble is one of my favorite authors. I own several of her books, and have read even more than I own (shout out to the library!). She has such a unique writing style, and her novels are not like your every day time-passer. I get so into her books that I completely forget everything that is going on around me and I become agitated with anyone who dares pull me from my reading world. Whenever I get a new Coble title in my hands my family knows to leave me alone or deal with the consequences. I recently recommended Colleen Coble to a friend and she told me earlier this week that she was hooked! She went out and bought another one of her novels! All this to say, I went into this book with high expectations, because I know exactly what the author is capable of. And I wasn't disappointed due to my assumptions. Colleen Coble has outdone herself yet again. I don't know how someone can write a Christian murder mystery and make it blend together well like those two naturally belong together, but somehow she did. It wasn't gory or scary (I would be the first one to say so if it was, I'm pretty easily freaked out), but it did have the suspense that any murder mystery requires. I'm not usually into reading books with a violent plot, but I know that I can never go wrong with Coble. She incorporates her faith into her books as if it's a part of who she is (which I'm sure that it is), and she never includes any details that leave me laying awake at night staring at the ceiling, afraid to close my eyes (don't judge me). I also like how although this book has a somewhat modern plot, it is actually historical fiction. The time period in which this book was based upon just enhanced it's appeal all the more. I can't wait to read Coble's next book. I hope that she doesn't keep us waiting for too terribly long! If you are planning your next book related shopping spree, make sure to include this jewel on your list!
~The Literary Maidens
Note: I was provided with a free copy of this book by Booksneeze in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not further reimbursed to review this product and all thoughts and sentiments expressed above are completely my own and unbiased.

1 comment:

  1. Waiting anxiously for this book to get in my mailbox!! :)


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