Bethany is celebrating her 18th birthday in Hot Springs. If her aunt and uncle have their way she will return engaged. Her life has always been controlled, from the clothes she wears to the food she eats. She longs to be like other girls and bob her hair, raise her hemline, and learn to do the Charleston, but first she has to break free from the aunt and uncle who have kept her - and her inheritance - very close.
Paul Tollick chased butterflies when he was young. Now he chases gangsters. A detective whose job plunges him into the harsh underworld of gangsters, bootleggers, and fast women, he is captivated by the sight of innocent Bethany, sitting in the park surrounded by butterflies. But two other men have determined to catch her and one is a dangerous gangster who is part of Al Capone's gang. Will Bethany exit her cocoon, find strength and fly free or be trapped?
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This is the story of a young woman (Bethany Robinson) who is on the brink of womanhood. She has lived a very sheltered life and, since she is about to turn 18, she is looking forward to her freedom. There were times I couldn't believe how naive she was (Its been a while since I was 18 lol) but given her sheltered life, it is understandable. From her domineering Aunt, her mischief with some high profile gangsters, and a cute love story, this made a nice beginning to this series. It is a fun story that I wish was was a bit longer. I hope the next books will continue this story. 😁
I enjoyed the narration.....very well done.
Note: No detailed sex, etc.
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I download over 100 books a year. I don't even know how to go about my day without listening to a title. It's my happy place!
This is a new complaint for me: This listen needed to be longer.
I loved the story, the people, and the location. The time frame and the gangster era added a special element to this basic coming-of-age love story. It could have used more. More about what happened to the parents. More about the Aunt's special form of crazy. More about the cop. More about the moll. Just more. I got so into it that I was shocked when I realized it was over.
I know this is the first book in a series so perhaps book two will feed my need for more. Fingers crossed.
On a lighter note, the narration was excellent.
I loved this book. The voice of the narrator is so smooth and perfect for the main character. The storyline of Bethany a proper young woman trying to find her place in life while trying to escape the menacing hands of her evil aunt and uncle. I want more!!! I was sad to see here was only one book on audible.
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A young lady getting her first taste of life away from her overbearing aunt. She meets lots of new people, gets her first haircut and receives her first kiss. What a way to spend your birthday!
She may be young and naive, but the girl has a backbone. Story was well written, even if it ended a tad to early for me. Will be checking out the others in this series.
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