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Up at Butternut Lake (Butternut Lake Trilogy Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!

In the tradition of Kristin Hannah and Susan Wiggs, Mary McNear introduces readers to the town of Butternut Lake and to the unforgettable people who call it home.

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. ...

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Up at Butternut Lake (Butternut Lake Trilogy Series #1)

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Overview

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!

In the tradition of Kristin Hannah and Susan Wiggs, Mary McNear introduces readers to the town of Butternut Lake and to the unforgettable people who call it home.

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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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
“this [...] charming debut should attract fans of Susan Wiggs and Luanne Rice.”
Women's Day
“heartwarming love story”
New York Journal of Books
“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.”
#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods
“A great, emotional read for every woman who must face the past before moving forward”
RT Book Reviews (4 Stars)
“Up at Butternut Lake is charming and uplifting [...] Readers will likely cherish and appreciate this romantic and refreshing debut.”
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-04
The first in a homey, feel-good series, McNear's small-town tale offers lakeside views and likable characters. Since her husband's death in Afghanistan, Allie can no longer bear the intrusiveness of suburbia: the pitiful stares at the grocery, the useless advice, the weight of all those happy memories. So she sells the house, puts her furniture in storage, and moves herself and 5-year-old Wyatt to her family's cabin on Minnesota's Butternut Lake. Though slightly derelict, the cabin will be their new home, a new start. There, she reconnects with childhood friend Jax (pregnant with girl No. 4) and Caroline, owner of the local diner. Things seem pleasingly unchanged in Butternut, except for the large lake house that has recently appeared across from Allie's more modest cabin. The modernist affair belongs to the town's most eligible bachelor, Walker Ford, owner of a string of successful boatyards. It seems inevitable that Allie and Walker will make their ways to each other, but there is a novel's worth of obstacles in their path: Allie's fear of betraying the memory of her husband, Walker's fear of commitment, and their mutual, initial dislike for each other. While their romance works itself out, there is other trouble in Butternut: Jax's old boyfriend (and secretly the father of her first child) is out of prison and is blackmailing her to keep quiet. Caroline, bereft that her only child has just moved away to college, brushes off the advances of a friendly retired pilot. And then, despite a passionate weekend together, Allie misinterprets a visit from Walker's ex-wife and calls off the blossoming romance. Jax's husband finds out about the blackmail, and the two separate. Caroline eases her loneliness by babysitting Wyatt. Will the three women remain alone by novel's end? Unlikely. Plot really isn't the point of books like these; it's about the characters, and McNear has admirably crafted people worth following.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062283153
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/8/2014
  • Series: Butternut Lake Trilogy Series , #1
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,621
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Mary McNear is a writer living 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 donut shop where she sips Diet Pepsi, observes the hubbub of neighborhood life, and tries to resist the constant temptation of freshly made donuts. 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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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted April 19, 2014

    I was drawn to this book because it seemed like it would be a to

    I was drawn to this book because it seemed like it would be a touching story and I was not disappointed. The author did a good job with the character development and the emotions of them showed through with her writing. Also the story line itself was so believable and could happen to anyone which was another plus in my book. Since the writing in this story flowed so well I did not want to put it down. I will absolutely be reading the rest of the trilogy. For lovers of a great fiction book this is for you. 

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2014

    Fun summer reading, total chic lit. Fun if you happen to live i

    Fun summer reading, total chic lit. Fun if you happen to live in the midwest and enjoy reading about locations with which you are familiar (although the town is fictional). Yes, it is unrealistic. Yes, the drama is soap operish. No, it is not a true literary gem. What it is is a great summer beach read and I will likely read the second book when it is released.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2014

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    This is one of those books where the pages just melted away! The

    This is one of those books where the pages just melted away! There isn't a character in this novel I didn't love. With every page I read I became more attached to everyone in this little town of Butternut. I mean, Allie has moved to a cabin in the woods--on a lake, dream location! I couldn't help, but feel empathy for Allie. She is a young widow with a small child. She has run from their home in the suburbs, because she wanted to spend her days living in her grief. She wanted to get away from people pushing her to move forward, but what happens when she gets to Butternut is she begins moving forward--but maybe quicker than she is ready for.




    I honestly don't think I could have enjoyed a book more. I loved everything about it. The undertone was comforting and welcoming. The characters-perfect with all their flaws. Emotions were plentiful! I found myself smiling and then suddenly tears would be falling...Up At Butternut Lake ring true. People dealing with their pasts, trying to move forward. A novel of love of family, family not by blood, but by choice. I didn't want to leave Butternut, these characters. I want to go back and see them again and continue to watch their stories. This book will stay with me for awhile. Highly highly recommending!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    There's just something about being at the lake¿.  This novel dra

    There's just something about being at the lake….  This novel draws the reader in from the opening page.  The characters are wonderful and believable and the imagery is so real.  i was able to close my eyes and feel like I was at the lake.  Definitely a page turner- I can't wait for number 2!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Great Book!

    I was in Barns and Nobles looking for a new book and the front cover just caught my attention, After reading that back to see what it was all about I sat down and started to read. Next thing I know I'm on chapter four. I loved the flow of this book and could not put it down. Great book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2014

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    Title: Up at Butternut Lake Author: Mary McNear Publisher: Wil



    Title: Up at Butternut Lake
    Author: Mary McNear
    Publisher: William Morrow & Company
    Series: The Butternut Lake Trilogy #1
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Age Recommended: Adult
    Rating: 4.5
    Review:

    "Up At Butternut Lake" by Mary McNear was a wonderful told contemporary inspirational romance novel. I will say this was a rather hard read for me but since I had asked to read it I chartered on. This author did a marvelous job with presented to us a story of Alice Beckett who was trying to pick up the pieces of her life now that she was a widow, she goes to a place looking for safety. Now she is with her son Wyatt on Butternut Lake. I enjoyed the read of this author's novel of showing how Alice is trying to make it from day to day and meets up with a friends and even a newcomer. I enjoyed reading how these four characters ...Alice, Jax and Caroline and Walker all connecting so well together but also showing how each did struggled with love, loss risk taken, fears that were confronted and a new embrace on life. I liked seeing this new life as it was seen coming to Alice and to even her son Wyatt. This author did a brilliant job in this presentation of a healing process and seeing it helping others from death of a love one, deception, failed marriage and even darker parts of the past that in the end that each of the four characters had to go through. I really enjoyed this part of the read even though it had been a hard read for me. It gives us hope for all who are in the need if it and I would definitely recommend it as a good read.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2014

    Check out the full review Kritters Ramblings Allie is a young m

    Check out the full review Kritters Ramblings

    Allie is a young mother who has been widowed due to war and is trying to make a new home for her and her son without the memories that linger in their previous hometown.  She returns to a lake house from her childhood where there are a few people who knew her before this most recent tragedy in her life.  

    The minor characters had a story of their own which added to the story, but didn't distract.  The owner of the local diner is a recent empty nester and is really feeling the loneliness without her daughter at home.  Jax is a mom of three with the fourth on the way and has kept a secret from her husband and she must confront this to move her marriage forward.  I enjoyed having these full stories settle within Allie's story.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2014

    I am a huge Sarah Addison Allen fan. That being said, I love whe

    I am a huge Sarah Addison Allen fan. That being said, I love when we get different perspectives in a book to tell a story that weaves together. Just like Allen, McNear manages to tell the story of a small town with lovely people who need each other. They need time, friendship, forgiveness, and love. Butternut lake is one I would love to visit and the town is one I dream of calling home. I would def recommended Up at Butternut Lake as a summer beach read, for those who want small town romances, and those who want a story with heart. A whole lot of heart! I can't wait to read the next book!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2014

    Skull's DataBase

    Story soon- Banishment!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2014

    Good romantic read

    If your just looking for a touching romantic read this book will do it. No surprises....nothing overly original, just a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2014

    Good summer read.

    Ended too soon. Left me wanting to continue following the characters' story lines.

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  • Posted September 12, 2014

    Recommend..good read

    This sweet story is a good way to a pend the afternoon. I found the characters likeable and believeable. It was well told and made you think.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2014

    slow

    Slow and repetative

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2014

    Typical

    Typical romance novel. Heartbroken gal escapes the world to heal her heart & meets perfect guy. So what's new...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2014

    Enjoyable

    Read this book on the out door deck with cool drink and plenty of time to read. It is a fun easy read. Great relaxing read. Ahhhh summer.

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  • Posted August 4, 2014

    Really good story, relaxing to read and enjoyable,

    Really good story, relaxing to read and enjoyable,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    A worthwhile read!

    I enjoyed the story and found it to be a nice change from reading
    mysteries. I would like to read another book by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2014

    Max

    Next res

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2014

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    Easy read

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a very easy read and perfect for summer reading.

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  • Posted July 27, 2014

    Easy reading. Cheak it out.

    The story kept your interst. It was a good beach read. I would read another book by this writer.

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