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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?

©2015 Debra Parmley (P)2016 Debra Parmley

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Butterflies and Gangsters 😱

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.

My thanks to the author, narrator, or publisher for providing me this audio book at no cost in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. 😋




10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • 10-27-16

Great but needed to be longer

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great book

This is a really good book that works well as a stand-alone and it really has potential to be the first book in an epic historical fiction series.
The 1920’s is such a colorful era with many great real life characters.
We have a young ingenue being courted or seduced by multiple men for a variety of reasons. We have her conniving aunt and uncle who are interested in making her a part of a business deal.
And the men are wonderful!
I highly recommend this audible to anyone who enjoys a fun listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Like taking a stroll through the Arlington in its heyday!

This was an absolutely charming book! I live about 30 minutes from Hot Springs and tales of its gangster past are part of Arkansas legend. This book is like a postcard from the Arlington in the 20's. I agree with many reviewers, the book could have been longer to flesh out all the characters. It would also give the relationship between Paul and Bethany the same realism that the rest of the story enjoys. But overall I really enjoyed it. Ramona Masters is not a narrator I am familiar with but she did an outstanding job. She captured Bethany's innocence, her family's overbearing nature, the jaded nature of a gun moll, even the coldness of the gangsters. It felt like you were in Hot Springs watching a young girl take her first steps into womanhood.

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A sweet surprise

I throughly enjoyed this book it was a beautiful story. So much into the story wasn't sure which way it was gonna go. I usually go for the spicier storylines this one held my attention all the way through. I recommend for most ages. The narrative was fabulously done.

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I love the roaring 20's!

This book was utterly amazing. I loved Bethany from the moment she was introduced into the book. Her aunt and uncle annoyed me. Reminded me of the Dursleys from Harry Potter. Only they were missing the dreadful cousin. All Bethany wants is to be noticed and have some freedom. Not go wild but not be locked up. Her birthday is coming so she is determined to get away from her family and have a life. She has several men eyeing her after her hair is cut. Which shocks but excites her. Especially when she meets Suki. Suki is a character too. She helps Bethany find her spunk to dress up and go dancing. Paul who she meets in the park is her first real conversation with a handsome man. Not to mention a known gangster is living on the 4th floor. Will Bethany get caught up with wrong people or find love?

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Great 1920's innocent girl

I loved this story. It was sweet and enchanting in an older timey way. I've always thought the 1920's was a beautiful time and Debra and Romona really brought it all to life. I loved the sweet innocence of Bethany and the lovely way she sees the world. It would be wonderful if we could go back to the sweet naivety of those times.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great story and reading

I really enjoyed this reading of trapping the butterfly! I have read the book and loved it but getting to hear it read to me was even better! It made it more alive and better then ever! I can't wait for book 2!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Loved it!

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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.
“This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobookboom”

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Sweet story

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful