This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
Up At Butternut Lake
Allie Beckett has not been to Butternut Lake in years. She’s been busy being married, raising a family and working. But now- Allie practically runs to Butternut Lake with her 5 year old son, Wyatt. Allie is looking for peace, seclusion, a place to just be- a place for her and Wyatt to recover from the last 2 years. Why does Allie need to recover? He husband lost his life in Afghanistan and Allie needs to be in a place where she does not see all the things that remind her of him. Allie remembers Butternut Lake as a peaceful place- a perfect place for a widow to take some time to rest. Shortly after returning to Butternut Lake- Allie re-connects with Jax and makes a new friend, Caroline. Life at Butternut Lake is just what Allie needs- until she meets Walker.
Walker Ford- good-looking, hard-working, divorced. He’s a man who likes living the quiet life- work hard, have some time for fun, and rarely feels the need to make connections with people. He’s the perfect neighbor for Allie- except, that he’s drawn to Allie.
When Allie meets Walker- she’s a bit off-put by his arrogance- but slowly warms to him. Getting to know each other- Walker makes Allie question her desire for peace and seclusion and wonder if she’s ready to move on with life.
Life at Butternut Lake may not be exactly what Allie expected- it might just be better.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
UP AT BUTTERNUT LAKE by Mary McNear is one of those books that my bloggy friends was raving about for weeks. When I went to Book Expo America, Harper Collins put one of these in my box of books- and I was so excited because it sounded right up my alley.
I adored the relationship between Walker and Allie- how both of them had been hurt, how both of them were hesitant- and how, together, they began to grow and change.
I also adored the friendship between Caroline, Jax, and Allie. And that Caroline was able to provide a bit of a motherly role to Jax and Allie (but without acting like she was being a mother to them).
Sitting and reading UP AT BUTTERNUT LAKE was a treat- between the characters, the settings, the images all that invoked- I was in a happy place reading this book. And eagerly await the next in the trilogy!
*This book was provided to Traveling With T at BEA 2014. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T