3 out of 5 Stars
Twenty-nine-year-old Cassie is pretty happy with her life. She loves her fiancé, has a job she likes, and she likes the way she looks. But life can change in an instant, as it does when Cassie collapses at work and finds out she has a brain tumor. Her fiancé Jake will stand by her side while she undergoes an operation and recovery, but Jake has demons of his own he must deal with to find his way back to happiness.
Cassie’s sister Sandy left home at age eighteen and hasn’t returned for the last seventeen years. Now that Sandy’s sister is fighting for her life, Sandy takes a good look at her own life to realize what’s important. When Sandy returns to her sister’s side, she needs to make amends with her family, and she also needs to pick up the pieces of her marriage before it falls apart for good.
Iron Butterfly is the kind of story that will make you step back and take a look at your own life to figure out what’s really important. It deals with the fragility of life and how none of us are promised tomorrow. The story has a beautiful message, and it’s worth a read. It follows three different people whose lives are intertwined and connected by the same event and shows how they each deal with it and the repercussions.
That said, there were several things I didn’t like about this story. To start with, the first chapter felt like it was a bit all over the place and didn’t really draw me in. I wasn’t sure why I was supposed to care about all the information we were given about Cassie until later on. Perhaps if it had started with telling us how everything could change in an instant and then giving the background information, it would have drawn me in quicker.
The story started out being told by Cassie in first person point of view. It stayed that way up until she was in the hospital, and then suddenly it shifted into third person point of view and we heard from Jake, and later Sandy. The switching from first person to third person was awkward, and I didn’t understand why the author didn’t stick with one. The whole story could have been told in third person to accommodate hearing from other characters, or it could have all been in first person with the chapter breaks switching between the characters. The various points of view and short chapters made the story feel choppy and disconnected even though all three points of view were intertwined.
Additionally, there were quite a few tense changes and other grammatical errors. A little more editing would have helped greatly. I also would have liked to see Jake’s issues fully resolved. He spoke about telling Cassie the full truth about his mother’s death, but we never saw that happen.
Overall, I enjoyed the theme and message of this story but felt it could have been done better.