"It was just another summer for Caroline and Daisy, but they will soon find out that there are change"
Reviewed by Teresa Cross
Posted August 1, 2014
BUTTERNUT SUMMER, written by Mary McNear is a delightful
novel to read
anytime and not just when the summer is coming close to an
end. I enjoyed it so
much that I longed for a cabin on the lake. McNear did a
magnificent job with
describing the setting that one could almost feel the warm
sun during the day
and the cool breeze at night. The characters that come to
Pearl's coffee shop are
so much like the real people you encounter at your own
hometown shops. The
storyline itself is one that you can relate to in some way
whether it was from a
first love or just dealing with forgiveness.
What a sweet story about a mother and her daughter and the
summer brings them. Caroline is close to losing her coffee
shop called Pearl's.
Then her ex-husband who she has not seen since he left her
and their daughter
years ago, walks back into town, leaving her feeling many
emotions that she tries
to understand. At the same time their daughter Daisy is home
for the summer
from college. As she spends her summer helping her mother at
the shop she
meets Will, a mechanic who also remembers her from high
school. They become
closer and grow in ways they never expected. But the summer
has to end some
time and what does that mean for them?
BUTTERNUT SUMMER by Mary McNear made me laugh at times, and
brought tears to my eyes. This is a novel that makes you
reflect on your own
personal life and the changes it brings. I so love the
energy that McNear puts into
her characters and the obstacles that they face along with
their plans to
overcome them. This is one of those novels that reflect
life's challenges. I highly
recommend BUTTERNUT SUMMER!
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
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