Iron Butterfly

Fiction - Womens
238 Pages
Reviewed on 12/27/2014
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Author Biography

Lisa Wainland has been a radio professional for more than two decades. She’s a successful voiceover artist who works with some of the biggest names in radio and television. Career highlights include interviewing Billy Joel and writing commercials for Howard Stern. Her debut novel, Rock Radio, was a Readers' Favorite Award Winner.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite

At twenty-nine, Cassie Rappaport's life seems to be coming together, although her job as a newspaper writer could be better. She has finally met the love of her life with Jake Morrow and they intend to be wed. When something happens that jerks her world into a tailspin, it affects not only her life but the lives of everyone around her.

Iron Butterfly by Lisa Wainland is a story that feels so realistic you can imagine these characters could be anyone you know. Lisa Wainland's perceptive descriptions lend a richness to the lives of each character in Iron Butterfly. She breathes life into them in such a way that I felt like I was watching a movie instead of reading a book. Cassie was oh so easy to relate to, and when she hears devastating news that rocks not only her world but everyone around her, I could easily feel the emotional upheaval that everyone felt. The fear of the outcome was tangible and very realistic. Her worries became mine, and the anxiety of waiting to know the truth of how things would turn out for her compelled me to keep reading. There were some sweetly poignant moments between her and Jake, moments that melted the heart, and showed the depth of love that they had for each other. The stories of Jake and Sandy were also very compelling. The guilt and blame that Jake carried because of something he felt responsible for was heart-wrenching. The issues going on with Cassie allowed him to realize that he needed to deal with the truths of what had happened in the past.

The story between Cassie and Sandy was, sadly, a realistic look at what often happens between siblings. Vivid descriptions allowed me to experience the sights and sounds of the story. I was really touched by the description and symbolism of the butterfly. A richly satisfying novel that makes one realize the ties of family, the strength that we all possess, and how it sometimes takes a scare to make us understand and value what is really important in life.

Darin Godby

Author Lisa Wainland gives a vivid description in her book entitled Iron Butterfly of how a young girl's dream that appears to be destroyed can be restored. Cassie, a young town newspaper writer, had aspirations of becoming a strong new writer at a New York City paper, yet it seemed she was always passed over by someone else getting the promotions. Jake and Cassie planned to get married and enjoy a long life of bliss, but something happened one day while Cassie was at work and changed everything.

Iron Butterfly is a very emotional, yet real book that allows the reader to deal with issues they could be facing as well. We have all faced various issues that impacted our lives. Issues such as sickness, death, family strife, job frustrations, engagements, etc. Many of these experiences cause us to look deeper within ourselves to see our true purpose. Jake battled his own demons from his mother’s death, blaming himself and never fully recovering, yet during this time he and his father drew closer and formed a much stronger bond. Cassie’s sister and her husband had a difficult marriage that received strength while they were apart from each other. Many times being without the person will allow one to see how much they need someone they love within their lives. I really enjoyed reading this book.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

In Iron Butterfly by Lisa Wainland, 29-year-old Cassie is happy with her fiancé Jake. They are busy building their lives together and planning their dream wedding. Cassie works as a features writer at a local paper and has just been passed over for promotion again. Recently she has been having headaches and, during a work meeting, she passes out. Waking up, she receives news that is about to change her life forever and could signal the end of her and Jake. Terrified of what the future holds, Cassie is unaware of the demons that Jake is facing, as the past comes back to haunt him. Cassie also faces her sister after 17 long years of absence from the family. Valuable lessons are about to be learnt, but will all of them come through the same people they were before or is something about to be irrevocably changed?

Iron Butterfly by Lisa Wainland is an amazing story of courage, written in such a way that you can’t help but fall into the story and take on the lives of the characters. It’s an eye opener and teaches us about facing up to things we have or have not, as the case may be, done. It’s about dealing with what life throws at you and facing adversity in a positive manner. The characters are exceptional and a great deal of work has clearly gone into writing this story. I guarantee any reader will be hooked and will not want to stop reading until the very last word.