It is amazing what the right timing can do when reading a book… Up At Butternut Lake has been on my shelf since last fall, now in this season of my life I not only read it but devoured the two follow-up books in this trilogy as well. Yes – bonus – all three books are available AND I will be reviewing them over the next three days. ~ Sheila
When Allie Beckett’s husband left for Afghanistan, Allie had no idea that would be the last time that she and her three your old son Wyatt would see him. Now after two painful years Allie moves with Wyatt back to a family cabin located on Butternut Lake in Minnesota. What Allie is hoping for is a quiet slower pace than the city life she is used to and hopefully a fresh start for her and Wyatt.
The Beckett’s are warmly welcomed by Jax, Allies high school friend, and by Caroline the owner of the local diner, Pearl’s. There are also new faces, like Walker Ford who lives in a large cabin across the lake from Allie’s. Walker pretty much keeps to himself until he takes an interest in the young pretty woman with a sadness in her eyes and her little boy. Allie however is not likely to get to know Walker in the ways he would like to know her. Still carrying the loss of her husband and his memory on her finger, she is not looking for anything more than peace and healing.
Yet there is something about Butternut Lake and all of its tranquility that seems to soften ones heart and open you up to possibilities never thought possible.
Up At Butternut Lake was a perfect read for my mood. It was a gentle story set in my home state which helped me to picture the sweet solitude of a cabin on a lake. Going through my own loss at this time, I could relate to Allie’s story of trying to find a new normal and all the while not wanting to let go of what was. For a time, in these pages, she and I were kindred spirits.
I enjoyed this book immensely. The writing style felt a little like the comfortable writing of Nicholas Sparks. Smoothly written, no big surprises, and an engaging read that left me picking up the second book in this trilogy as soon as I closed the last page. This is exactly what the type of book I look for when I am looking for good summer reading. I know that not everyone can find their way to Minnesota to a cabin on the lake, however opening up this book can be the next best thing.