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

Mary McNear
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Book Description

Return to the golden beauty of Minnesota’s Butternut Lake in this emotional story that vividly captures the joy and pain of first love, as a mother and daughter each come to terms with the desires of her heart.

Summer at Butternut Lake—a season full of surprises . . . and life-changing choices.

Preparing for her final year of college, Daisy is crazy busy now that she’s back at Butternut Lake. She’s helping her mother, Caroline, run their coffee shop and trying to build a relationship with the absentee father who’s suddenly reappeared. She never expected to fall in love with Will, the bad-boy from high school who works at the local garage. With every passing day she and Will grow closer to each other . . . and closer to the day they will have to say goodbye. As summer’s end looms, Will and Daisy face heartbreaking choices that might tear them apart.

Caroline already has her hands full trying to make ends meet at the coffee shop without having her no-good ex suddenly show up. Now that Jack is back, he’s determined to reconnect with the family he walked out on twenty years ago. But with the bank pounding on her door and Jack’s presence reminding her of the passion they once shared, Caroline’s resolve begins to crumble. As Daisy’s departure looms and her financial worries grow, Caroline just may discover the support she needs . . . in the last place she ever imagined. 

Editorial Reviews


"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,

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

From the Back Cover

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. . . .

Product Details

  • File Size: 869 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 12, 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GR04S4Q
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars. 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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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable and Poorly Written 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 ...

"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
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd book in this trilogy 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
5.0 out of 5 stars good summer read 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid second book in the series 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
5.0 out of 5 stars I really liked this one 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Very sweet chick-lit, good story if not a bit predictable
The other reviewers have covered the plot numerous times so I won't go into that. Very sweet chick-lit, good story if not a bit predictable. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Shana
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
This is the third Mary McNear book that I have read and I have enjoyed everyone. The characters are likable and,real. The situations are interesting and believable. Try one!
Published 3 days ago by Margaret Dritto
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a great book and I would have liked to complete the ...
This was a very good book and I would have liked to complete the series. However, I read so much that I cannot afford to get books that are as expensive that book 2 is. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Sandie McGuinness
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it.
I had never read a book by this author, and now I am hooked! She has a way with her writing that really puts you right there in Butternut, and really makes you care what happens... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Rachelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended Read
In Butternut Summer author Mary McNear asks if people can really change for the sake of love and how much can they forgive. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Camilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I'm really enjoying this trilogy. The last one doesn't come out for another week or so.
Published 16 days ago by Pamela I. Norfleet
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good easy read
Published 22 days ago by Hilda Williard
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovable Characters, Still Too Much Talk
Unlike the first book in this series, it took me no time at all to be invested in the characters in this book. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Cheri
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great installment
I really enjoyed this second book in the Butternut series. I liked that it focused solely on the one family and that it showed each character growing and learning and changing over... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Again, an easy read, difficult to put down
Steamy, but still allows the imagination to roam. Has a nice story line, too. It's great for a getaway weekend read.
Published 1 month ago by Debi Helgren
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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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