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Butternut Summer: A Novel (The Butternut Lake Trilogy Book 2) Kindle Edition

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"In the highly anticipated second novel of the Butternut Lake Trilogy, McNear once again draws readers deeply into the lives of her characters. Butternut Summer is a thoughtful examination of the pleasure and pain of love and the strength of the family bond and will leave fans eagerly awaiting the triptych's final installment."----Carol Gladstein, Booklist, Aug 1, 2014
Kudos and standing ovation to Mary McNear for her second "Butternut" story, which is a beautiful, relationship narrative. Ms. McNear has created near perfect characters that are flawed and sympathetic and believable. Her prose is smooth and mesmerizing and her story lines are credible and skillfully woven together. On a scale of one to ten, Butternut Summer truly rates, in this reader's opinion, a fifteen.  Betty Cox, ReaderToReader.com

This is Ms. McNear's second novel in this series, but one does not need to read the first, Up at Butternut Lake, since this stands well on its own. The plot includes four main characters, each with a distinct personality, bringing differing scenarios to the tale, which add interest and perspective to familiar everyday challenges. Engaging and true to life, Butternut Summer offers a story not limited just to a beach read.
-----Reviewer Nancy Carty Lepri,  New york Journal of Books, July 14, 2014

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Every summer on Butternut Lake the tourists arrive, the shops open, and the waves lap its tree-lined shores, just as they have for years. But this season everything changes for one mother and daughter who've always called the lake home. . . .

Caroline's life is turned upside down the moment her ex-husband, Jack, strides through the door of her coffee shop. He seems changed—stronger, steadier, and determined to make amends with Caroline and their daughter, Daisy. Is he really different, or is he the same irresistibly charming but irresponsible man he was when he left Butternut Lake eighteen years ago? Caroline, whose life is stuck on pause as her finances are going down the tubes, is tempted to let him back into her life . . . but would it be wise?

For Caroline's daughter, Daisy, the summer is filled with surprises. Home from college, she's reunited with the father she adores—but hardly knows—and swept away by her first true love. But Will isn't what her mother wants for her—all Caroline can see is that he's the kind of sexy "bad boy" Daisy should stay away from.

As the long, lazy days of summer pass, Daisy and Caroline come to realize that even if Butternut Lake doesn't change, life does. . . .


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  • File Size: 1329 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 12, 2014)
  • Publication Date: August 12, 2014
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GR04S4Q
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,668 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mary McNear is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Butternut Lake series. Her first book in the series, Up at Butternut Lake, is now available at bookstores and online. Her second book, Butternut Summer, is also available in paperback and kindle editions. Butternut Summer was listed on the USA Today top 100 books. Mary's third book, Butternut Lake: The Night Before Christmas (a novella), is now out in the kindle edition only. A paperback version will be available in February 2015. The third full length novel in the Butternut Lake trilogy, Moonlight on Butternut Lake, will be available in kindle and paperback on May 12, 2015.

Mary McNear lives in San Francisco with her husband, two teenage children, and a high-strung minuscule white dog named Macaroon. She writes her novels at a local doughnut shop, where she sips Diet Pepsi, observes the hubbub of neighborhood life, and tries to resist the constant temptation of freshly made doughnuts. She bases her novels on a lifetime of summers spent in a small town on a lake in the northern Midwest.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Branfield TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 14, 2014
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Butternut Summer is the absolutely charming second installment in Mary McNear’s delightful Butternut Lake Trilogy. With central themes such as forgiveness, trust and the age old question which ponders whether people can truly change, this novel also features a dual storyline with both Caroline Keegan and her daughter Daisy both finding love over the course of a summer.

Caroline’s tumultuous marriage to Jack Keegan ended in divorce after he walked out on both her and their daughter Daisy. Unbeknownst to Caroline, Daisy and Jack have repaired their fractured relationship and in fact, Jack is moving back to the small town of Butternut Lake. Jack would like nothing better than to reunite with Caroline, but she is nowhere near ready to forgive him for his past transgressions nor is she willing to trust his claims that he is a changed man. Adding to Caroline’s stress is the financial crisis she is facing with the family owned business. But it is Daisy’s out of character relationship with Will Hughes, an auto mechanic with a questionable past, that is the biggest source of frustration to this overprotective mom.

Daisy’s romance with Will figures most prominently and it is incredibly sweet watching them fall for one another. The two have the disadvantage of coming from completely different backgrounds, but their budding relationship becomes a catalyst for Will to find a new direction for his life. Daisy is about to embark on her senior year of college and while her future has a few uncertainties, she is a smart, capable young women who remains focused on her career goals. Will’s family life is heartbreaking but seeing himself reflected through Daisy’s eyes gives him the direction he has been lacking up until now.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By SW TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 31, 2014
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This is a sweet, soft-focus romance, set in an idealized town that doesn't even feel slightly real, though the author claims it's based on a real midwest lake town she spent summers in as a child.

When Daisy's truck sputters out she reconnects with high school "bad boy," Will, a mechanic. ("Bad boy" is specifically defined in this story as, "anyone who once smoked a cigarette and cut a class.") Daisy is only in town for the summer, helping her mother, Caroline, run their struggling coffee shop and reconnecting with her suddenly reappeared father, Jack, who wants back in both their lives.

Daisy falls in love with Will and Caroline falls back in love with Jack, a few decisions are made, the fate of the coffee shop and both romances are decided ... And there's nary a surprise along the way in either of their journeys.

Sweet and kind can make for nice, soothing escapist reading, and this book is definitely both sweet and kind. Unfortunately, it's also poorly plotted--takes forever to get to a point--and not that well written, with the dialogue-heavy prose decidedly cringe-worthy for most of the story.

A typical back-and-forth ...

"Who?"
"Your ex-wife."
"Well, she doesn't like you and neither do a lot of people. They think you're mean."
"Do they? That's fine"
"Why's that?"

... And it just goes on and on with unedifying, simplistic back-and-forth in almost every scene. Also, "They think you're mean," is about the most egregious insult in this very, very low-stakes story. What elicited such an outrageous slur you may wonder? Complaints about coffee to a third party. Yup. Surprised the law didn't get involved.

The farther along I got, the more dialogue heavy chunks and pages I skipped ...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca A. King on August 18, 2014
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I absolutely love this book. The characters are so real. So much emotion as their story comes together. I really enjoy Ms. McNear's style of writing. I can hardly wait for the third book to come out. You don't want to miss reading this trilogy...a great escape.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mildred R. Cunningham on August 15, 2014
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I enjoyed this book as much as "Up at Butternut Lake" and am looking forward to the third book " Moonlight on Butternut Lake". I am originally from Minnesota so can relate to the small town.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Staley VINE VOICE on June 8, 2014
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I loved the first book of this series and this was a good addition to the series. I didn't enjoy it as much as the first, but it was a solid story with good characters. You can read it even if you haven't read the first as the main characters from the first book are minor characters in this one.

It has been three years since the close of the last book and it centers around Caroline, the owner of the diner in town, and her daughter, Daisy. Daisy has done a lot of growing up and is getting ready for her last year of college. The theme of the book is falling in love with a bad boy, although it doesn't have the cut-out stereotypes other books have. These characters are real and they are pretty well developed.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Poodleluv on August 16, 2014
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Oh, I really liked this one. It continues on from Up at Butternut Lake. The story is about two people who divorced many years ago because the husband was an alcoholic and a cheater. They had a daughter together who has her own story of love in the middle of this book. It is nice to see how the mother can forgive her husband who came back especially for her again after two decades of lost feelings. A wonderful read for all those who want another chance at love and life. I recommend this book highly as well as the first one.
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