Iron Butterfly

Iron Butterfly

by Lisa Wainland

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"...compelling...Wainland provides an inspirational story..." - Kirkus Reviews

"Iron Butterfly is an uplifting story that will capture your heart." - Dete Meserve, author of Amazon Bestseller, Good Sam

In an instant, Cassie must put aside all her day-to-day worries: her looks, a job she likes (well deals with), what to wear. At twenty-nine, she receives sudden, life-changing news. She realizes that her everyday life with her fiancé, Jake, was pretty amazing. Who cares about a sarcastic boss or a promotion when losing everything has become a terrifying reality?

Cassie's shocking news infiltrates the lives of everyone she loves, particularly Jake and her estranged sister, Sandy. Jake wants to be strong for Cassie, but this unexpected turn brings back painful memories--and a terrible secret he's shared with no one. Sandy, who ran away to pursue stardom, is called home to face those she left behind. The golden child of the family, Sandy fell from her pedestal long ago. Will she be able to face her own failures?

As Cassie struggles against an uncertain future, Jake and Sandy battle with the demons of the past. All three will learn valuable lessons about love, forgiveness and appreciating the days we're given.

*2015 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President's Book Awards Winner (General Fiction)
*2015 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President's Book Awards Winner (Genre Fiction)
*2015 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards Winner (Fiction - Drama)

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151227872
Publisher: Twin Tree Press
Publication date: 03/10/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 238
Sales rank: 106,395
File size: 589 KB

About the Author

Award winning author 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. Her debut novel, Rock Radio, was a Readers' Favorite Award Winner. With the release of her second novel, Iron Butterfly, Wainland takes on serious themes of family dynamics and relationship crises. Iron Butterfly is a 2015 Readers' Favorite Book Award Winner and a 2015 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President's Awards Winner.

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Iron Butterfly 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not sure why this book pops up under christian fiction. It does not mention faith in the Lord at all. The story line is a bit dull and seems rushed. Definately not one of my favorite reads
DeteMeserve More than 1 year ago
A beautiful story about the importance of living life to its fullest and reconciling with the people we love. Author Lisa Wainland weaves a powerful story about how Cassie's life-changing news brings her family together and forces her to examine what's important in her life. Cassie handles the news with just the right amount of fear and reflection and her gestures to thank the people who care for her inspire us all to think differently about those who make our lives better. You'll also keep reading for the beautiful imagery of New York—it made me feel as though I was actually there on those crisp autumn days. IRON BUTTERFLY is an uplifting story that will capture your heart.
TheBookgal More than 1 year ago
Iron Butterfly is a wonderful story of hope, love, and dealing with the things that haunt our past. It was not only an excellent book, but it reminds you about what is truly most important in life.
DQ More than 1 year ago
The Iron Butterfly lives up to its title. I found it a moving, story with a strong likable character. It is the type story that inspires readers question what they would do in a similar situation. When faced with life threatening or altering news Cassie works through her fears to find hope and chooses not only to live her life to the fullest but to help others as well. It is a story of love and the importance of family, whether or not related by blood.
Mandy5 More than 1 year ago
I had to remind myself that I was not watching a movie.  The book literally read like a visual performance in my mind.  I was transported from my home into the world of Cassie and I felt all of her emotion and that of the supporting characters.  If you are looking for an extremely entertaining and emotional read, I highly recommend this book.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite 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.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Darin Godby for Readers' Favorite 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.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
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.