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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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Something a little different with mystery and love

This was a quick and fun listen. I haven’t read much set in the 1920s but this era is fascinating and the author did a great job of igniting my senses. This is the story of a young woman brought up to be very proper by her strict and controlling Aunt and Uncle. With her 18th birthday approaching she’s bursting to break out of her cocoon and become a woman of her own making. This story was very well written. The character development was so well done that even as the narrator described the blue lines in her Aunts pale hands I could see it vividly and was there. I found the whole story to be enchanting in this way. It’s a story of finding oneself, learning about the world, gangsters and bootleggers, good guys and bad guys, but mostly of love. Romona Master is a new narrator to me and she didn’t disappoint. She performed a knockout job. Her tone of voice was perfectly pitched when need be and not once was I thrown off or pulled from the story. This was a great listen for anyone looking for something just a bit different. Where your imagination can be engaged in a different era with a little bit of mystery and love. I cannot wait to hear more from this author.

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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. 😋




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Great but needed to be longer

Any additional comments?

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.

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Loved

I don't usually listen to audio books but I am glad I did. This narrator is amazing. I am definitely not disappointed. Give this book a try.

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Break out of the norm.

I loved the story, she is that girl inside all of us who just wants to break free, and doing something about it. Being caught in the thick of it all and not realizing it, innocence is a wonderful thing until you find love and then realize how deep you were. Thank goodness for heroes, and the score for the good guys, love prevails and survives.

The audio was good, kept my attention with the inflections and dramatics of the voices of different characters. Easy to follow, and would enjoy the series in audio or reading it.

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The Roarin' Twenties!

When a time period like the twenties is used to set the mood for a book, you know you will be in for a treat! This is my first Debra Parmley book, and I know I am already looking for the second in this series. This coming of age story sets Bethany in the middle of everything you can think of in that time period...gangsters, dancing, prohibition, pretty dresses...all ring true for this young girl. Being the naive child she is, Bethany has no idea what she is getting herself into while trying to extract herself from the grips of her controlling aunt and uncle. So much happens in this short book, you can't help but get caught up in the time and want to know if she will reach her goal? And with who? I loved how Parmley wove all the parts together right down to the string of pearls and the violin case! The book is a well thought out, fun listen!

Ramona Master narrates this story wonderfully. I have never heard her before and was please with the performance, both with the variety of voices she gave the characters as well as the pacing of the story.

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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.

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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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