The Space Between Sisters (Butternut Lake Series #4)

The Space Between Sisters (Butternut Lake Series #4)

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by Mary McNear

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Return to Butternut Lake with New York Times bestselling author Mary McNear in a story where the complicated bonds of sisterhood are tested, long-kept secrets are revealed, and love is discovered…all during one unforgettable summer at the lake.

They are two sisters who couldn’t be more different. Win organized and responsible, plans her life


Return to Butternut Lake with New York Times bestselling author Mary McNear in a story where the complicated bonds of sisterhood are tested, long-kept secrets are revealed, and love is discovered…all during one unforgettable summer at the lake.

They are two sisters who couldn’t be more different. Win organized and responsible, plans her life with care. Poppy impulsive and undependable, leaves others to pick up the pieces. But despite their differences, they share memories of the idyllic childhood summers they spent together on the shores of Butternut Lake. Now, thirteen years later, Win, recovering from a personal tragedy, has taken refuge on Butternut Lake, settling into a predictable and quiet life.

Then, one night, Poppy unexpectedly shows up on her sister’s doorstep with her suitcases, an aging cat named Sasquatch, and a mysterious man in tow. Although Win loves her beautiful sister, she wasn’t expecting her to move in for the summer. At first, they relive the joys of Butternut Lake. But their blissful nostalgia soon gives way to conflict, and painful memories and buried secrets threaten to tear the sisters apart.

As the waning days of summer get shorter, past secrets are revealed, new love is found, and the ties between the sisters are tested like never before…all on the serene shores of Butternut Lake.

Editorial Reviews

“This charming debut should attract fans of Susan Wiggs and Luanne Rice.”
Sherryl Woods
“A great, emotional read for every woman who must face the past before moving forward.”
Debbie Macomber
“THE SPACE BETWEEN SISTERS explores the complex relationship between sisters, their differences, their mirrored history, their love and support of one another. This triumphant story had me reading until the wee hours of the morning.”
San Francisco Book Review
“Well-written with realistic characters...this novel is one that you will find yourself wanting to finish in one sitting...Readers who enjoy this story will rejoice at the thought of more novels in the future set in this charming little town.”
New York Journal of Books
“A sweet romance wrapped in several interesting storylines. It’s easy to root for the happiness of all the leads.”
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
“A delicious setting and a heroine to cheer for…my favorite kind of book.”
RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars)
“The perfect book to bring on summer vacation, this stay-up-all-night one that readers will love. With well-developed characters who captivate and a deeply emotional subplot …this novel is one to add to your collection for keeps.”
Library Journal
As sisters, levelheaded Win and wacky Poppy couldn't be more different, but they loved spending summers together at Butternut Lake as children. Now Win, who's returned to the lake to cope with personal tragedy, finds her quiet life upended when Poppy arrives unexpectedly. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Butternut Lake Series , #4
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Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)

Meet the Author

Mary McNear, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Butternut Lake series, writes 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. Mary bases her novels on a lifetime of summers spent in a small town on a lake in the northern Midwest.

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The Space Between Sisters (Butternut Lake Series #4) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Ilovemister 8 months ago
Another home run in the Butternut Lake Series. I have loved all of these books. They make you feel happy. This one was no exception. It was amazing. I can't wait for the next one!!!!
MeezCarrie 8 months ago
The Space Between Sisters is the first book I’ve read by Mary McNear but it won’t be my last. Written in an easy, engaging style, this ideal summer read incorporates both subtle wit and deep emotion along with characters that feel like lifelong friends. Win & Poppy are compelling and “real” and I found elements in each of their characters that I could relate to. Both of them exhibit such fantastic character growth throughout the novel, too, and McNear made this the real heart of the story. Sam and Everett make very delicious love interests too. While their personalities were about as opposite as the sisters’ from each other, they also had some strong similarities that added to their overall general hotness. Steadiness. Humor (though much more subtle in Everett). Heart. Both are the definition of a “good guy” with enough of an edge (again, much more subtle in Everett) to keep things interesting. If you’re headed to the beach this summer, or even if you’re just basking in a stay-cation, make sure that The Space Between Sisters by Mary McNear is in your “must read” pile. Full of vibrant characters, this deeply emotional but smile-inducing story strikes the perfect balance between “light” and “heavy”. It’s more than a romance, more than a family drama, and more than a beach read. It’s about embracing LIFE, despite whatever is holding us back. It’s about embracing FAMILY, despite our differences. It’s about embracing LOVE, despite its unexpected arrival. Engaging, entertaining, and full of hope, The Space Between Sisters is one of my favorite general market reads this year! (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
Honolulubelle 9 months ago
Favorite Quotes: As one of Win's high school classmates had once remarked, with the casual cruelty of that age, 'It's like Poppy's the designer handbag, Win, and you're the knockoff.' Sam knew you couldn't always choose whom to fall in love with. Sometimes, they chose you. Poppy was different. She had no path. She had no direction. Most people, Win thought, moved forward, a few unlucky ones moved backwards, but Poppy, Poppy seemed to move sideways. '...oh, and then she showed me her dolls. Did you know that one of them is in a coma Sam?' ... 'I did. Cassie got sunscreen in its eyes, and now they won't open, so she decided she was in a coma.' My Review: On page one, I was instantly enamored with both The Space Between Sisters and its author Mary McNear. Her writing is simply stellar, evocative, emotive, poignant, and keenly insightful. I was beguiled, engaged, and totally engrossed from beginning to end... and I may have shed more a few tears in between. I enjoyed the odd dichotomy of the sisters with one being a frantically organized, OCD, long grieving widow; and the other being a spacey and irresponsible slob with a suppressed secret that has pervasively blunted and stunted her emotions and maturity. It has been thirteen years but finally, the traumatic experience has surfaced, but not without consequence or repercussions. I was fascinated with the characters, all of whom being hopelessly flawed, quirky, and completely endearing. This was my first experience with Ms. McNear, but one I would love to repeat in an endless loop.