Book Review: Trapping the Butterfly by Debra Parmley

Trapping the Butterfly by Debra Parmley

Butterflies Fly Free series (book 1)

Belo Dia Publishing (June 11, 2015)

Historical/Romance/Coming of Age/Young Adult



In Trapping the Butterfly, you have an innocent teenager eagerly awaiting her 18th birthday which she hopes to be set free from her controlling aunt and uncle. On a trip that introduces her to her apparent prearranged husband, she catches the eye of a detective, as well as a gangster in Al Capone’s gang. The author takes us on the journey of life in 1920’s, and how young American women were changing. This is a quick, enjoyable read of watching a young woman become independent.


Bethany is celebrating her eighteenth birthday in Hot Springs at the Arlington Hotel. If her aunt and uncle have their way she will return engaged. Her life has 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? Trapping the Butterfly, a coming of age love story, is the first in Debra Parmley’s 1920’s Butterflies Fly Free series about teenage flappers finding their wings.



Amazon: Trapping the Butterfly (Butterflies Fly Free series Book 1)







Debra is a multi-genre hybrid author born in Columbus, Ohio and raised in Springfield, OH. She has lived just outside Memphis, TN since 1997. Debra attended Marywood University in Scranton, PA and was the first student to win first place in two categories of the Delta Epsilon Sigma Beta Epsilon Chapter writing competition, in creative prose and in informal expository. Her poetry was published in literary journals while attending college. She holds a BA in English Literature.

Debra Parmley enjoys spreading love, one story at a time.

Fascinated by fairy tales and folktales ever since she was young, she has always ended her stories with a happy ever after.

A hybrid author, Debra writes in many genres. Western historical romance, contemporary romance, fairy tale romance, futuristic romance and 1920’s romance. Damsel in distress stories are some of her favorites and you will find this theme in many of her stories. Her westerns have been described as gritty.

Debra enjoys writing, reading, playing a medieval lady in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) and world travel. Her work as a travel consultant gave her the opportunity to visit many countries and her luggage often carried home folk tales from the countries visited.

Her three favorite things are dark chocolate, visiting the beach and ocean, and hearing from her readers. Each card, letter and email is a treasured gift, like finding a perfect shell upon the beach.






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