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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.