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

Mary McNear
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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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


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,

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. . . .

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  • File Size: 770 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 12, 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GR04S4Q
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6 of 7 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking for a Great Summer Read? June 5, 2014
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I would heartily recommend this one. It is really is a great summer read. It's light, it's a fast-read (even if you're a slow reader), perfect for those lazy afternoons on the hammock or at the beach. Just make sure you have a glass of iced tea or iced coffee nearby to stay hydrated because you're not going to want to get up for awhile. It is a soothing read, my favorite kind for summer.

I have not read the first book in the series, but this is perfectly ok to read by itself. I was drawn into the story immediately and felt like the characters are old friends who are having a bit of difficulty in the beginning. Daisy (the daughter and one of the main characters in this book) is rushing to meet her dad, whom she had just reconnected with in the past year, only to have car trouble. The mechanic fixing her car happened to be a classmate from her high school. Will is a stereotypical bad boy, didn't do well in high school, works in a garage for low wages and seems to be drifting along life's path with no ambition or goals.

Then there is Daisy's mother, Caroline, who is the owner of Pearl's, a local coffee shop, who is not prepared to meet Jack, Daisy's good-for-nothing father. He comes back to Butternut Lake bringing with him all the bad memories that Caroline thought she had suppressed.

This is their summer and it is a love story, so while predictable, it is still a sweet summer read. If only life could be that simple ...

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2 of 2 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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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As good as the first, with a bit more romance... July 24, 2014
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If you are expecting the second book in this series to pick right up where the first one left off, you will be a bit surprised. In the next novel of the trilogy the focus is on two characters we have already met, Caroline (the beloved owner of Pearl's Diner) and her daughter Daisy. Many of the characters we came to love make appearances, although some (read, most) are extremely brief, which doesn't turn out to be a bad thing at all.
We dive deep into Caroline's life, both professional and personal and meet Daisy for the first time. The book jumps right into a love story and romance is kept up throughout the entire book (with much fewer gratuitous sex scenes as the first). McNear does an excellent job portraying new love and old love alike and the difficulties of both. While the stories told are all too predictable they are no less entertaining. The theme of starting over and new beginnings resonate just as strongly in the second book as they did in the first.
Another great Summer read! No doubt that if you enjoyed her first book you will enjoy the second. The stories of a small town with the highs and lows of living in one are brought to life very well in this series. I look forward to seeing which set of characters return next for the final book of the trilogy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 10 days ago by Debi Helgren
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Such a romantic, lovely story. I love how the author builds upon the relationships. Can't wait to read the conclusion!
Published 13 days ago by Carrie King
4.0 out of 5 stars Secrets & Love In A Small Town
Caroline Keegan owns Pearl's Restaurant which has a balloon payment soon coming due. Her former husband, Jack Keegan has returned to Butternut Lake after an 18 year absence. Read more
Published 18 days ago by J. A. Bell
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Published 23 days ago by GDBT
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love these books
Published 29 days ago by norma patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-crafted story of forgiveness and love
Jack Keegan is an alcoholic. He has been alcohol free for two years, and now he has returned to his home town of Butternut Lake, MN. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dave Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars A great deal and worth the money!
Can't stop reading this series.. I wI'll be back for next new release too!
Published 1 month ago by Melissa M. Hutchings
2.0 out of 5 stars not sure why
This was sort of kind of boring to me... This genre is not my usual but I liked Book 1 of the series, looks like Book 3 will be better. A positive? Great character development.
Published 1 month ago by Elisha Demaria
5.0 out of 5 stars Butternut Summer
I like this writer and how she can keep your interest with her stories. I have read several of her books and will order more
Published 1 month ago by Frances Stephan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good. Not a Dissappointment
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More About the Author

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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