Thursday, October 16, 2014

Book Review: Butternut Summer by Mary McNear

Butternut Summer is the second book in the Butternut Lake series by Mary McNear.  The first book in the series is Up at Butternut Lake.  

Butternut Summer tells the story of Caroline Keegan and her daughter, Daisy.   Caroline lives in the small Minnesota town where she grew up, Butternut Lake.  She runs a small diner called Pearl's.  It has been in her family for years, and she takes pride in her work and the community she lives in.  Daisy is home from college for the summer.  Unbeknownst to Caroline, Daisy has been in contact with her father, Jack.  Jack Keegan is a handsome charmer who disappeared from the lives of Caroline and Daisy while Daisy was still a toddler.  When Jack moves back to Butternut Lake and attempts to reconnect with Caroline, things are set in motion.  

Over the summer, Daisy meets a good looking "bad boy" that she grew up with named Will Hughes.  Will is a mechanic at a local shop, a small town ladies man without a sense of direction.  The summer romance of Daisy and Will is central to this story.

Butternut Lake is a charming little town like Mayberry.  In this book we meet some of the townspeople and visit local sites.  This is a town you will enjoy visiting, full of people you will want to meet.

The interrelated stories are compelling.  We have the mother-daughter story of Caroline and Daisy, the father-daughter story of Daisy-Jack, Jack's wishful pursuit of Caroline, and Daisy's first love with Will.

The book ends with a cliffhanger.  I hope the story continues in the next book.  I am looking forward to the upcoming third book in this trilogy, Moonlight on Butternut Lake.  I recommend this book highly for fans of women's fiction.

Butternut Summer is on Goodreads, and can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

Butternut Summer was written by Mary McNear.   You can find the author on Facebook.

I received Butternut Summer from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.