Up at Butternut Lake: Book summary and reviews of Up at Butternut Lake by Mary McNear

Up at Butternut Lake

The Butternut Lake Trilogy, Book 1

by Mary McNear

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Up at Butternut Lake by Mary McNear
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2014
    384 pages
    Genre: Romance

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It's summer, and after ten years away, Allie Beckett has returned to her family's cabin beside tranquil Butternut Lake, where as a teenager she spent so many carefree days. She's promised her five-year-old son, Wyatt, they will be happy there. She's promised herself this is the place to begin again after her husband's death in Afghanistan. The cabin holds so many wonderful memories, but from the moment she crosses its threshold Allie is seized with doubts. Has she done the right thing uprooting her little boy from the only home he's ever known?

Allie and her son are embraced by the townsfolk, and her reunions with old acquaintances - her friend Jax, now a young mother of three with one more on the way, and Caroline, the owner of the local coffee shop - are joyous ones. And then there are newcomers like Walker Ford, who mostly keeps to himself - until he takes a shine to Wyatt... and to Allie.

Everyone knows that moving forward is never easy, and as the long, lazy days of summer take hold, Allie must learn to unlock the hidden longings of her heart, and to accept that in order to face the future she must also confront - and understand - what has come before.

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"Plot really isn't the point of books like these; it's about the characters, and McNear has admirably crafted people worth following." - Kirkus

"[This] charming debut should attract fans of Susan Wiggs and Luanne Rice." - Booklist

"McNear has created a sweet romance wrapped in several interesting storylines. It's easy to root for the happiness of all the leads, and it seems likely that all will find peace and contentment." - New York Journal of Books

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Mary McNear

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.

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