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

Mary McNear
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 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. 



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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

About the Author

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 in 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.


Product Details

  • File Size: 663 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062283162
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 12, 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GR04S4Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,320 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 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 5 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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5 of 5 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 5 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 4 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 3 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reconnecting in a Small Town July 9, 2014
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`Butternut Summer' is the second novel in the "Butternut Lake Trilogy", and takes place during one summer in the small town of Butternut Lake, Minnesota. It's all about reconnecting to the past, and new beginnings.

Caroline is the 40-something owner of Pearl's the local coffee shop. Caroline finds herself in financial trouble, at the very same time her ex-husband comes back to town to reconnect with their 21 year old daughter Daisy. Soon Caroline realizes that's not the only person her ex wants to reconnect with, and a series of awkward false starts ensues. Meanwhile, Daisy finds herself reconnecting with an old high school bad boy, that she secretly had always been interested in.

This is a no surprises, easy to get into, no stress, starting-over story. There's the usual small town characters such as the ditzy young waitress, the big heart-of-gold fry cook with a dark past, the no emotional ties car mechanic, go it alone mom, recovering alcoholic, and the town good girl, and town bad girl. The story is absolutely predictable, but straightforward, and will no doubt satisfy all who love quick summer reads that entertain.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really like the story and characters in this book series, Anxiously awaiting the 3rd book in series.
Published 6 hours ago by P. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Believe In Second Chances
This book is all about second chances for everyone involved. Daisy and Will are getting the chance they never took in high school. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Deb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book enjoyed both. Will definitely buy the third..
Published 6 days ago by loretta e. probasco
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and Predictable
The second in a trilogy, "Butternut Summer" doesn't live up to the promise of the first book in the series, "Up at Butternut Lake. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Ms Winston
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Can you guess the outcomes? Fairly obvious. But obviously nice
Published 11 days ago by Jill H. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read!!
Published 11 days ago by joan rizzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good summer read
Published 12 days ago by Robert A Schmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't be disappointed! If you like Susan Wiggs, Susan Mallory and...
This is the first of the series of Butternut Lake and I liked it so much that I immediately ordered the second, Up At Butternut Lake. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Nana4
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read
This was the second Butternut series book I purchased. I enjoyed it but found a few draggy spots but this is certainly not unusual. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Mystery novel lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait.....
Although we didn't have to wait long (thank goodness!) Mary McNear's follow up book, Butternut Summer, is everything I was hoping for and more. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Krista
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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. Butternut Summer will be available on August 12.

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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