Yesterday I reviewed Up At Butternut Lake, the first in this trilogy. While Butternut Summer can be read as a stand alone, I think you will find that you may enjoy the residents of Butternut Minnesota enough to want to meet them all. I would recommend the whole series. ~Sheila
Caroline has had no trouble running a diner and raising her now adult daughter Daisy on her own. That said, you can imagine her shock when her ex-husband Jack who she has not seen in 18 years strides in one day looking tan, strong, and healthy. Double the shock when Caroline discovers that this is her daughter Daisy’s doing. When Caroline learns Jack is trying to make amends for his leaving them all those years ago she is furious with his confidence, and admittedly a little flattered that he would try….
Daisy is also finding herself in unusual circumstances. Always the girl who put her schooling before pleasure she finds herself to be distracted by a guy she used to know in High School. Did Will always look this good? Has he changed his bad boy ways?
One thing Caroline and Daisy can be sure of…. summer can bring about a lot of things and change is certainly in the air.
Butternut Summer is the second book in the Butternut trilogy. While characters from the first book pop in and out of the story line it is not a necessity to read the first book to know what is happening. Butternut Summer is mainly centered around Caroline and Daisy, Jack and Will. I found this book to not be as good as the first one. Many situations in Butternut Summer seem to resolve themselves too easy. On one page a character may be upset but it never escalates and all is forgiven in another page or two. While an ok read and I was very happy to spend more time in Butternut Minnesota, this one is my least favorite of the trilogy due its easy resolutions and non happenings.
Still… enjoyed the pace of the read.
- Series: The Butternut Lake Trilogy (Book 2)
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (August 12, 2014)
5 thoughts on “Butternut Summer by Mary McNear”
It can be hard to top the first book in the series.
I felt some of the minor characters situations were resolved too easily in the first book, so you sparked a question mark with me over this second book.
Totally agree with this review, Sheila. Looking forward to your opinion the last one. Haven’t read that yet.
Thanks for your honest review, Sheila. The Butternut trilogy sounds like good reading.
Great review Sheila. Sounds like a good series.