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The Butterfly House (Mira)

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- Marcia Preston is the author of Perhaps She'll Die, a mystery novel published in hardcover by Intrigue Press and reissued in paperback by Worldwide Mystery Library.
- Preston's elegant prose style results in a "lit-lite" type of editorial.
- Preston currently edits and publishes Byline, a small press trade magazine for writers.
- She lives with her husband beside a creek in...more
Published January 1st 2005 by Mira Books
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Jul 21, 2008 Carrie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carrie by: Kirsty
It is very, very rare that a book makes me tear up, but this one did. This is a very well-written story about love, friendship, and mother/daughter relationships..
This book is also proof that you can have more than one mother...
This book is also proof that if you love someone, no matter what you go through or how mad they make you, you can find your way back to eachother. Forgiveness is imminent when you are soul mates. Ahh! Such a beautiful story!
Wow. I've just finished this book after starting it this morning. I think that so far this is the only book I've managed to finish in 1 day. I really couldn't put it down. The author is a fantastic writer, and the book flows really well. The relationships between the characters are well thought out in their complexity and are intriguing. The book as a whole is extremely moving and stirs up a number of emotions that other books don't come close to. The drama that is constantly unfolding makes it...more
This was a quick read, and I am really loving Marcia Preston books right now! The whole time I read this book I thought "Wow! These characters could really benefit from reading that Eckhardt Tolle book for some insight on dealing with past events!" I can't remember his exact quote....but it was something like You can't control things that happen to you - only your reaction to them. Butterfly House is a great story about how a "family" doesn't have to be biological. It also gives a glimpse of how...more
mistie k
Hmmm. I did like this book for some things. That being said, there were some things that bugged me about it. (Spoiler like talk) The ending was all neatened up like a Hollywood movie. Happy ending-ish and unrealistic to me, or, convienient type things and somewhat predictable. The wild child best friend is dying of cancer; too much time has gone by for anyone to be punished; her husband loves her after-all, and wow, she can behave like a grown-up after all. We are supposed to hate/suspect her mo...more
I read this book a while ago but this was one i found it hard to put down or forget. I have been utterly disappointed in the trite i have endured reading recently, that reminiscing about this book makes me appreciate just how good the story was. Everything was so well written and the relationships so emotive that you could not help but to be sucked in. I don't keep many books, but this one is still renting space on my bookshelf.
Wow, this book was good, flowed really well and kept me wanting to turn the pages as there were quite a few things happening and I couldn't wait to find out how things panned out. An emotional book about relationships with friends, with mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, fathers and daughters. I would definitely recommend this book.
Lucy Easton
I really enjoyed this book! I'd say its definitely 'chick lit' as it is very much a book about relationships between women,particularly mother/daughter.
The relationships between the characters are complex and at times dysfunctional,just like real life! No perfect picture book 2.4 families here(haha!) I especially liked the relationship between Lenora and Bobbi and how it evolves and progresses(much like the butterflies) through the course of the novel. I enjoyed the factual parts about the butte...more
Rebecca Haslam
This book was another my grandma offered me recently and I wasn't overly sure of whether I'd like it or not. Needless to say I did as I had it finished within a couple of hours while on a trip (again) to Manchester. I've always had a thing for families, their disfunctionalities, their differences and how/why, somehow, there is always some form of a support system there. This book raises these questions often, interspersing it with tales of childhood friends and memories to cherish and others to...more
Abi Holligan
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The Butterfly House follows Roberta (Bobbie) Lee living her life in the present day and flashing back to her childhood. Bobbie had a difficult upbringing having a alcoholic mother, a small shabby home and an absent father but she does have one best friend who brightens her days, Cynthia (Cincy) Jaines, she also has an absent father but her mother is fantastic and Bobbie warms to Lenora probably more than she should, both having a love of butterflies they work together on a pr...more
Bobbie and Cincy are two best-friends who spend their childhood together to escape the problems they have with their own families. Both girls' fathers are missing and they have problems with their mothers. As time goes on, each girl begin to gravitate to the other's mothers causing a unique tension. One day, while each girl was with the other's mother, tragedy strikes causing the four of them to be separated for 10 years. The Butterfly House, using symbolism and characters, show that love is pow...more
This book was an interesting read for me. There were parts I really liked, and parts I really didn't. The tone of the book is literary and thoughtful. The word choices were lovely. However, this isn't an uplifting book. It's the story of a girl whose life is ripped to shreds and how she is barely able to salvage it.

Bobbie doesn't know her father, and she's being raised by an alcoholic mother who sometimes loves her, and sometimes doesn't. When they move to a new town, she meets Cincy and her mot...more
Dec 22, 2008 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in mother/daughter relationships and butterflies
Shelves: 2008read
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This book solidly fits into that Lifetime-movie-esque women’s fiction category. It opens a bit slowly and it takes a while for Bobbie, the main character, to become a fully sympathetic character. But, as more pages pass, and Bobbie’s story - told through chapters alternating between 1994 and the present - turns into a surprisingly engrossing one. Like a lot of Lifetime movies, the plot moves into increasingly depressing events. But, the sadness is balanced with hope and love.

Though enjoyable, th...more
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A. Sweeny
I will be honest that so far this book as sucked me in where with the last one I read I had a bit of a problem- meaning that this one speaks to me more. And the writing is almost flawless- I am on chapter 7 -will see how it goes from here :)

I am now done with this story and I stayed up till 3am to finish it. The author's words flow like silk, and I find that the drama was very believable. For those reviewers who don't believe that something like this can happen- well good on you-as you have been...more
Sophie Christina
This is probably one of my favourite books of all time. I read it back in 2009 and it still has an effect on me. Being a keen Lepidopterist, I was pleasantly surprised by the accuracy of the butterfly content, including metamorphosis and scientific names etc. I admit I was a bit dubious at first, because I have been let down by many a book wrongly referencing to the subject of Lepidoptera, but I couldn't fault this at all. Kuddo's to Marica for her brilliant research! Sometimes when you study an...more
This book was okay. It was slow getting started and the descriptions of all the butterfly life cycles was rather boring. I had to skim over parts because I just wasn't interested in lengthy explanations of butterflies.

However, once the story got going, I was more interested. I couldn't really relate to Roberta, the main character, and became slightly frustrated with her at times. I also felt like the book was lacking in some descriptions of the past. Roberta was in a mental health instituation...more
A really good read about lost childhoods, confronting memories, and struggles to overcome dark secrets from the past. Full of twists and turns, this gripping novel will keep the reader turning pages from the first to the last.
Masoomeh Tavakoli
Apr 05, 2014 Masoomeh Tavakoli rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: حانیه شجاعی
Recommended to Masoomeh by: عادله جون
سه،شش، سه
مامان همیشه مسته...

اگر ترجمه‌اش این‌قدر بد نبود و هم‌جنین اگر به خودشان زحمت داده، یک بار ویرایشش کرده بودند و هم‌چنین‌تر اگر حدّاقل اسم‌ها را با تلفّظ درستشان نوشته بود، چهار ستاره بهش می‌دادم...
فضایش را امّا دوست داشتم.
I picked this book up with the intention of only reading a few pages to kill some time while my little boy took a nap at my Mum's house. I ended up taking the book home with me so that I could finish it. I found it hard to put down.

The text is totally honest with no fluff and I liked that about this book. The characters were believable and you totally care about them. At one point in the story, Bobbie takes a train journey alone and instead of a cliche ridden account - such as muggers, men takin

Tara Evans
Almost a four, but hated the name Bobbie Lee.

This book kept my interest for the most part. Some parts were under developed and a tad far fetched.

I enjoyed the story line.
Fantastic book, switches between past and present which I love :)
Read it about 3 times now and it's still brilliant. Very interesting, lots of surprises.
Kim Mills
This is a lovely story about survival and how no matter what live throws, with the love and support of those we hold dear we can make it through.
It turns out there are several novels with this title. Marcia Preston is an author several writing friends encountered on the circuit of conferences. This novel has two settings--one in Washington state, another in Alberta, Canada and is conveyed by two parallel running away road trips. A traumatic incident in Bobbie Lee's childhood continues to play out in her life. The incident involves a friendship with Cincy and her mother who studies butterflies. The characters are intricately drawn and the...more
Miranda (M.E.) Brumbaugh
Not what I would normally pick up, but that is exactly why I love my community book club as we always choose books that are out of my comfort zone of horror and fantasy.

This book featured topics that are great for discussion, i.e. homosexuality, single moms, alcoholism, murder, cancer. The author did an outstanding job with keeping the pages turning, while the words themselves were clever. While the book could get into tear jerker territory rather quickly, it also has its funny points. In parti...more
Clare Smith
A truly beautiful book on many levels. Very different and surprising!
Great read. Another amazing story about mothers and daughters.
Yes, another book about BFFs who have a falling out and then re-discover each other later in life. I just read a book like this (and it appears I have another one my list that follows the same formula). Regardless of the tedious plot, the book is very well written and extremely compelling. (I read it in one day.) Narration switches back and froth from the 70's to the 90's, though the transitions are seamless and often welcomed. This is not a book I would have chosen on my own, so I'm glad it was...more
This is a solid piece of work for a first novel. The Butterfly House explores the complexities of women's relationships. All the main female characters have been disappointed in some way by the men in their lives – fathers, husbands, friends – except for Bobbie Lee, who has found a dependable man, but she has now made a decision that will disappoint him. Then a man from the past, whom she thought was dead, asks her to risk discovering the truth in order to sort out the mystery of what really hap...more
Sarah Wagner
I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked some parts and disliked others. Overall, I felt the book could have been much better. The themes of mothers and daughters and friendship in the face of alcoholism and childhood trauma bring this novel together. Roberta is struggling to overcome the traumatic events of her adolescence and to repair the relationships damaged by a long ago crime. Roberta's struggles are compelling and the resolution of this novel offered the best one could hope for the...more
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Marcia Preston (M.K. Preston) grew up on a wheat farm in central Oklahoma. From her father she learned the art of storytelling; from her mother, a reverence for books; and from Oklahoma's red earth, a love of wildlife and the outdoors.
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