Butternut Summer (Butternut Lake Series #2)

Butternut Summer (Butternut Lake Series #2)

by Mary McNear


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ISBN-13: 9780062283160
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/12/2014
Series: Butternut Lake Series , #2
Edition description: Original
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 225,068
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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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Butternut Summer: A Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
Great second book in the series. For those complaining that it doesn't contain the same characters, it does but in a lesser role as you are introduced more completely to other citizens of Butternut. Actually the story continuity is very good. The timeframe picks up shortly after the first book ended. Yes, the ending does leave you wanting more but that ending leads into the next book in the series. As with any good series, you need to learn about more than just one or two characters to keep it fresh and interesting. Some rather explicit sexual situations but nothing terribly offensive. However, not really suitable for young readers. No foul language. Written in an easy to read style that keeps you turning the pages. Very well edited. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a story that will touch your heart. Couldn't put it down and sorry it was over. Can't wait until the next one comes out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loving this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GREAT book in the series--I can't wait to get the 3rd book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the books but they are definitely not a trilogy...the stories are not even about the same people, though it would make more semse to read them in order. The ending of the second book left much to be desired.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story holds your intrest so much fluf...... I hated the way it ended sort of just stopped. Wantedd to know what happened
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this 2nd book Mary NcNear just writes a story so wonderful and enjoyable it's hard to put down.The same characters in Up At Butternut Lake all play a prominent role in this book too,you need to start with the first one.In this one Caroline's ex husband Jack comes back to Butternut Lake,he is trying to make things right with him,Caroline and Daisy his daughter.this story is about forgiveness ,following you heart,and doing what's right.Great book by a great author I will be reading more from her!!
LAWonder More than 1 year ago
This tale is centered around two older YA, Daisy and Will, plus equally based on Daisy's divorced parents, Caroline and Jack. Daisy will soon begin her final year in college. Will, who is a few years older and always felt out of Daisy's   league, suddenly has a chance for a relationship with her...he is but a mechanic. Caroline sees the similarity between Will and her ex-husband Jack. She strongly tries to discourage Daisy to continue dating Will. The business that has sustained generation's of Caroline's ancestors, is about to be lost because of te recession. Can things get any worse?  - Yes, Jack returns to Butternut Lake. butternut Summer is a well-written, traumatic story of childhood abuse, betrayal, forgiveness, restitution, second chances, stereotyping, and trust. This is a realistic story of challenges, relationships, childhood abuse, choices. Mary McNeal captures the reader's interest throughout the book with lifelike characters and scenes which draws the reader into the situations and places. There is slight bad language a couple of times and the story contains pre-marital sexual situations. However, it is mostly clean. * This book was sent to me in exchange of an honest review, of which I have given.
moonstone-magic More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed to learn that this is NOT a trilogy, in my opinion, as it only takes place in the same town with different people. I would not have purchased this if I knew that. As far as the book goes it was ok, but when you are expecting one thing and get another it is a big let down. It should not be advertised as a trilogy or trio of any kind. I would say it is a type of love story.
jm12 More than 1 year ago
Very good read and can not wait for the third one to come out.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Title: Butternut Summer Author: Mary McNear Publisher: William Morrow Series: The Butternut Lake Trilogy #2 Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 4 Review: "Butternut Summer" by Mary McNear 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." What I liked about this novel.... I liked how this series is still in this small town of Butternut Lake, Minnesota where most of the town people know of each other as this author presents to the reader several well written stories. This story was a fast paced read of mainly three people... Caroline, owner of Pearls coffee shop, a very caring person, but she has some secrets of her own and is the need of help that she is trying to hide. Will she trust her ex who is now back in town trying to be in there life's? Daisy, the daughter who was home for the summer from college, now twenty one years old struggling for her own identity, and she is in love with a 'former bad boy.' With all of this going on will she be able to get her parents back together after being apart for eighteen years? Jack (ex husband)who has come back to this town bringing with him some real bad memories of the pass dealing with alcohol, gambling and cheating. Has he changed from his former life? Put all this story together with some other secondary characters and you will see how each one has some flawed, sympathetic, very believable and some intriguing moments in how this author will solve and bring it all out in this authentic and entertaining story. There will be some sexual content that was presented very well. I did find some of "Butternut Summer" a little straightforward and predictable as it reconnects some to the past to new beginnings. However, if you are looking for a engaging romantic read you have come to the right place that would lead me to recommend this novel to you.
Frisby More than 1 year ago
Really nice story, and brings back many, many memories of my past.
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sharon1JT More than 1 year ago
Nice relationship story, but I found it boring and difficult to read. I really liked Will and Daisy, but Caroline was just plain annoying and unrealistic. I also found it hard to believe that Jack would come back after 18 years to try to patch things up with his ex-wife.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Summer is a time for more than simply a change of seasons. It's a time for reflection, a time of rest and of course a time for romance. In the latest novel from the Butternut Lake Trilogy by Mary McNear, we once again found ourselves in the small town of Butternut Lake, Minnesota. A small town where everyone knows everyone and most have grown up here and decided to keep their roots. Daisy Keegan is home from college and working as a waitress in the diner her mother owns and manages, Pearls. Famous for blueberry pancakes, great conversation and the feel of warmth among the locals who visit here, Daisy is hoping to reunite her broken family of 18 years. Without her mother's knowledge during the last year, Daisy has reestablished the relationship with her father Jack who left them both. While the process has been slow, it has been mending each time they visit and Daisy is hoping that an unscheduled lunch date with her parents is just the thing to get them talking at least. But she isn't thinking of her mother when she is making these plans and how she might feel having her ex-husband not only meeting her for lunch but moving back to Butternut Lake. She only remembers the Jack that walked out on them after drinking, gambling and cheating on her, 18 years ago. She has finally moved on with her life, without Jack. But Jack has more on his mind than simply trying to restore his family. It's time to convince Caroline why he really left in the first place. That despite what she thinks of him, he has changed. He still is the man who fell in love with her 18 years ago and wants nothing more than a second chance, but knows he truly has his work cut out for him. Daisy and Caroline are both struggling in their own ways, with Daisy coming to terms with what she hopes life is going to offer now that she is done with college in a small town like Butternut Lake. Caroline has her own secrets in struggling to figure out how she can continue to make the loan payments on the Diner when the economy is so bad. If she doesn't think of something soon, the bank will foreclose on the business leaving her without a job or a home. I received Butternut Summer: A Novel from Mary McNear compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own. I couldn't wait to pick this series up again after reading the first novel, Up At Butternut Lake. For me, one of my favorite summer memories of a child was spending time at our family's lakeside cabin and enjoying a time of love and relaxation. In this novel we see the flaws of all the characters in this novel. Jack is trying to chance after a life of destruction with alcohol and women and is trying to start over again with Caroline. He realizes he has a way to go to show her that he has changed even though he has managed to convince their daughter to give him a second chance. Daisy is struggling with her own identity now that she has graduated college and is trying to find a life to begin without knowing what comes next. Caroline is trying to find a way to get out from under the financial crisis she is hiding from everyone and simply hopes something will come up soon that will answer her problems. This book does contain some sexual content and thus may not be suitable for young adults so caution is advised. I guess for me the best part of this novel is that things are not easily solved for any of the main characters. The novel doesn't race to the end to give you the resolution you're hoping for and I love that Daisy is willing to think things through in regards to her relationship with former bad boy Will Hughes instead of merely jumping at the opportunity of romance even though she places herself at times in dangerous places with Will, knowing his reputation. For me, Jack is my favorite character, because he isn't about the quick fix but about showing both Caroline and Daisy that he has change from his former life and that he isn't the same man who left them 18 years ago. That takes guts to come back and deal with the implications of the wrong choices you made in the past. Perhaps it gives us hope for second chances and for forgiveness with those we call family. I rate this novel a 4 out of 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read read read then it has an ending that just leaves you hanging dont loke those kind of books
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nookgeekCD More than 1 year ago
Feel good story about parents reuniting after being away and their daughter now an adult finding love herself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read