Book Reviews of The Butterfly House

The Butterfly House
The Butterfly House
Author: Marcia Preston
ISBN-13: 9780778322177
ISBN-10: 0778322173
Publication Date: 8/1/2006
Pages: 320
Edition: Reprint
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 52 ratings
Publisher: Mira
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 6
The story of a young girl growing up with an alchoholic mother. She finds friendship and love in another single parent family.
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Helpful Score: 6
I just didn't care for this book. The story flowed decent enough but the subject matter may leave a bad taste in your mouth. If it's any consolation, I did enjoy learning more about a butterfly life cycle... Overall this book left me more angry at the end than anything else.
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Helpful Score: 3
Excellent!! Read in one sitting.
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Helpful Score: 3
I was moved by this book right away. I didnt find the subject matter to be distasteful, Subject matter? It was about a lost girl, Bobbie Lee, aka Roberta, being raised by her alcoholic mother. Her best friend, since 2nd grade, Cynthia, aks Cincy. No not CINDY but Cincy, is a true friend, and takes her home often. Bobbie Lee finds a true mother in Cindy's Mom Lenora. The common bond these girls share is that they are fatherless. Once the girls hit High school they start to drift apart.

The book starts in the present day, and does flash backs to the 70s and 80s, and the milestones, and then tragedy in their lives.

There are some surprise twists and turns. You will enjoy them.

I really didnt learn anything about butterflies and their life cycles, except that they are marvelous, and majestic.
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Great book! If you liked The Secret Life of Bees, you will love this book!
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Really enjoyed this book. Interesting story about relationships between best friends, mothers, daughters and husbands. The story line flowed well from past to present, following the main characters from childhood to adults, and kept it interesting. A different ending than I expected, but I was satisfied with it.
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Bobbie, Cincy, and Lenora make up their own, disfunctional but loving family. Lenora is a scientist who is thrilled to share her love of butterflies with Bobbie, her daughters best friend. However, this attention causes a rift between the friends, leaving one of the group in prison.

This story is a well written journey of healing done with past/present reflection that finally leads to a surprising end. I read it straight through, just couldn't quite put it down.
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The Butterfly House, to me, did not live up to the high praise it has received from other reviewers here. While the topics "tackled", to quote Bonnie Hearn Hill whose review is printed on the jacket cover, are tough, I am not quite so sure they were even "handled".

The tough topics include alcoholism, living with an alcoholic parent and the resulting fallout encountered in adulthood for the ACOA (adult child of an alcoholic), finding a home in another family and struggles with maturity as a teen. While it is fresh having these topics in a fictional read, I was not left with much sense of resolution for the main character Bobbie Lee.

The author paints an unending parade of undeveloped characters and relationships throughout the book throwing a new character in the plot here and there leaving the reader to question yet again, "now, who is this person?"

Preston struggles to find meaning in Bobbie's mother's alcoholism and attempts to pinpoint blame when in reality, there is no one thing which can be attributed to the cause for alcoholism than the simple fact that the alcoholic is an addict. She more effectively paints a portrait of ignorance to the understanding of the disease with different tactics throughout the book including one blatent statement that Ruth's doctor "referred her to AA". No one refers anyone to AA.

The relationship between Bobbie and her husband David takes a myriad of twists and turns when the author throws in everything but the kitchen sink to make this relationship have drama further adding confusion to the mix of the story. While in reality, it is fairly accurate that an ACOA will encounter troubles in intimate relationships, there is no foundation given to support why the character is so conflicted in her marriage aside from the fact that she had this confusing childhood and major incident that occurred which the author avoids relaying to the reader until well into the book. The sequencing of events was not only frustrating but aggravating.

Delving into the topic of the life cycle of a butterfly is interesting however that is about the apex of anything interesting being portrayed. I found The Butterfly House to be a quick, easy read but nothing I would seriously recommend to anyone but a quick read for an afternoon at the beach and then to dispose of the book as soon as possible.
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I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy read and also hard to put down. It held my interest right through to the end.
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Really enjoyed this book. Great story with a great ending!!
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The Paperback Swap picture shows another title/author?? This is a new hardcover; compelling read called Butterfly House, by Marcia Preston, 2005.