Butternut Summer by Mary McNear

Butternut summer

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This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

Butternut Summer

It’s 3 years later at Butternut Lake. Daisy is back for the summer, Caroline is busy running Pearl’s- and their lives are about to change. Daisy is keeping a secret from Caroline. A pretty big secret. She’s been in contact with her father, Jack- the man that walked out on her and Caroline many years ago. In the year since Daisy has been in contact with Jack, she feels that she knows he’s changed and it’s time for him and Caroline to see each other again.

Caroline has much stress in her life now- she doesn’t want to tell Daisy that she’s worried about losing Pearl’s, and now that Jack’s back in town- Caroline is feeling the pressure. The man broke her heart, walked out on her and Daisy, and cheated on Caroline. Can life get much worse?

Well…. it can.

Daisy falls in love.

Now, most moms want their daughter to fall in love. Caroline wants this. But this boy- Will- has a bad reputation. And Caroline worries that Daisy’s college plans- her goals, her desires, her ticket to a better life- will all be derailed because Daisy is in love.

Could Caroline’s fear about Daisy be related to the lessons she learned about love and life from Jack?

As the summer progresses- Jack begins to show Caroline that he has changed. He’s not the man he was years ago. As Caroline begins to realize that- she has to wonder- should she give Jack her heart again?

Daisy has her own problems- she’s in love- but she wonders about her and Will’s future. Will the rosy future she envisions with Will happen- or will their love be a short chapter in the life of Daisy?


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

I really liked UP AT BUTTERNUT LAKE- and eagerly awaited BUTTERNUT SUMMER. As I began to read, I was a bit disappointed to not get as much info as I craved about Allie and Jax- who featured fairly extensively in UP AT BUTTERNUT LAKE. They are mentioned (and Allie has some good news!) but this book is mainly about Caroline and Daisy.

The good: The storyline of both Daisy and Caroline- finding love and taking another look at past love is great. I really felt for Caroline- hurt by Jack in the past.

The not so good: Minimum mentions of Allie and Jax, the Buster part of the storyline (he was a good person- hated to see him get hurt) and how Daisy was acting toward her mom at times ( I know she was in love- but geez, her momma was just trying to look out for her!)

Overall, I did like this book. I don’t know if maybe I was feeling a bit cynical about young love (I enjoyed Caroline’s love story much better!) or if maybe I was just grumpy- because while the Will/Daisy storyline was sweet- it was almost TOO sweet for me (and I normally eat up the sweet storylines like no one’s business). If you enjoyed UP AT BUTTERNUT LAKE, you really need to read BUTTERNUT SUMMER.

After all, it’d be a shame to not read Caroline’s story!


*This book was sent to Traveling With T from William-Morrow for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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2 thoughts on “Butternut Summer by Mary McNear

    • When is the third book releasing? I think that Daisy’s story rubbed me the wrong way a bit b/c I’m feeling a bit cynical about young love. But, I did enjoy the book. Plus, I LOVED the cover.

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