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Butternut Summer

(Butternut Lake #2)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,680 ratings  ·  173 reviews
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
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 12th 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published July 2nd 2014)
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May 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
So saccharine sweet it made my teeth ache and eye-rollingly trite. Anyone who knows me would be shocked by this review. I LOVE a nice story and sweet romances make me smile, so why did I dislike this book so much? There is a difference between sweetness and unrealistic naivete, between romance and just plain stupidity. As a "for instance", a beautiful 21 year old virgin, while probably not falling out of the trees, I can buy into. Said virgen who is in college, has had a normal dating life, and ...more
Kate Olson
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved it just as much as book 1 in the series! I'm now moving onto the novella in between this book and book #3 called "Butternut Lake: The Night Before Christmas - so thankful to someone on Instagram who told me about that one :-) ...more
Andrea Guy
This is book two in the Butternut Lake Trilogy. If you are a fan of romances set in small towns, think Debbie Macomber and Robyn Carr, you will love these books.

In Butternut Summer we see the life and romances of a mother and daughter. We also get a cliffhanger ending that is making me wish for May of 2015, like right now!!!

But let's put that cliffhanger aside. (Well, I'll try) This book is about second chances and a bit of the old opposites attract as well as redemption.

I'm not sure which coupl
Apr 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike the first book in this series, it took me no time at all to be invested in the characters in this book. Probably because I met most of them in book one, but I even fell in love with Will immediately.

Unfortunately, there was too much talk again. So, once again, my rating got bumped down from a 4 to a 3 star. Last time there was too much conversation between the characters that wasn't necessary (in my opinion). This time, there was WAY too much inner dialogue. It's a good thing Mary McNear
Karyn Niedert
I was completely charmed by this sweet little story about romance and family set in small town Minnesota. Main character Caroline is keeping ex-husband Jack at arm's length after he returns to the area. After leaving her and their daughter Daisy 18 years ago, he doesn't stand a chance of squeezing back into her good graces.

At 21, Daisy is falling head over heels in love for the first time in her life. Is bad boy Will what she wants and needs, or is he going to break her heart?

This story wove
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
A romance novel! Not my norm whatsoever, but I needed a break from hard stories, hard memoirs, and hard nightly news. This gets 5 stars for being a break from reality, 2 stars for being eye-rollingly ridiculous at times, and 3 stars as a rating because I read the whole thing in less than 24 hours as it was a decently fun story. It’s part of three stories centered on Butternut, Minnesota, and I just might read them all.
Cute story, second in the series and wasn't a sophomore slump. I really enjoyed the mother-daughter focus: it's tough for a mother to accept adult decisions that a daughter makes. Also liked the straight-forward approach to recovering alcoholics...Mary McNear didn't pull any punches. I look forward to reading the third book in the series.

Go Cards! L1C4!!
Nancy H
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a predictable but very excellent romance, with several levels of both the romances and the themes. It is a satisfying story that leaves you asking, "What do these characters do next and what happens to them?" I can only hope that these questions are answered as I read further into this series, because these are likable characters that I want to see succeed and have wonderful lives! ...more
Arlena Dean

Title: Butternut Summer
Author: Mary McNear
Publisher: William Morrow
Series: The Butternut Lake Trilogy #2
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4

"Butternut Summer" by Mary McNear

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"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.

Alice Bola
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Butternut Summer is the much awaited second installment of Mary McNear’s Butternut Series. I am so glad it is finally here because I really enjoyed Up At Butternut Lake. Truth be told, Butternut Summer had some pretty big shoes to fill and although I didn’t think it was possible for the series to get better, Ms. McNear definitely delivers. Thankfully, there was no sophomore slump here.

Butternut Summer delivers two tremendous stories. We were introduced to Caroline in the first novel. As the own

Butternut Summer: A Novel (The Butternut Lake Trilogy)
By Mary McNear
Harper Collins
August 2014

Twenty-one year old Daisy Keegan is home for the summer before beginning her senior year at the University of Minnesota. Daisy works at Pearl’s, her mother’s café. When Daisy was three, her father, Jack, walked out on her and her mom, Caroline. Two years ago Jack contacted Daisy at school, and this past year Daisy agreed to meet with him. Jack has inherited a run-down shack and property from an o
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, chick-lit
First love and second chances are the primary focus in the second installment of the Butternut Lake trilogy.Caroline,the owner of the local diner and her daughter,Daisy share the romance spotlight.
Caroline has done just fine raising her daughter and keeping the popular eatery afloat.When her ne'er do well ex-husband returns town, she is a strange combination of outraged and curious. Of course, she is going to have absolutely nothing to do with him and wastes no time in telling him so. Much to
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's summer at Butternut Lake and love is in the air. Unknown to her mother, Caroline, Daisy has been meeting with her father, Jack, for the past year. Jack and Caroline divorced years ago due to Jack's cheating and drinking. Caroline has harbored a lot of resentment against Jack, but shielded Daisy from her anger. When Daisy invites her father to Pearl's, the dinner owned by Caroline for lunch, sparks fly. While driving to the fated lunch encounter, Daisy has trouble with her truck. When she st ...more
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nook-book
Although this is book 2 in the Butternut Lake Trilogy, it is a stand-alone read. This book takes place 3 years after the first one and the two main characters from the first one (Allie and Jax) make only a brief appearance in this one. The author does a better job of character development in this one, so I upped my rating from 3 stars to 4. I don't typically read many romances because too often romance=sex. This author tries to delineate the two with the way Will and Daisy each feel about their ...more
Apr 25, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
Had to force myself to get to chapter 14 and couldn't do it any longer. I found this story to be boring. All of the main characters were annoying and I really didn't like any of them. None of the couples had any real chemistry between them at all. I listened to this as an audiobook and I found the narrator to be incredibly annoying and maybe because I hated the way she did the voices and pronounced words it tainted the whole thing for me. But I really didn't think there was much of a story line. ...more
Catherine Wang
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a "slice of life" type of book that I enjoyed very much. For me, this book was kind of a page turner. Although there was nothing spectacularly different about this book from other books, I was very sucked into the plot. Maybe it's because it's been a while since I've read a romance novel. This book was just a cute little read for me. It was refreshing and it helped relieve some of the stress I have right now by allowing me something to do other than assignments from school. I feel that t ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
I enjoyed this more than the first book of the series. I liked that in addition to the rekindled romance between Caroline and Jack and the new relationship between Daisy and Will, it was also a family story about Caroline and Jack and their daughter, Daisy, reconnecting and resolving past conflicts. I would have liked to see more of the characters from the previous book, but Allie, Walker, and Jax did make a couple of appearances which was better than nothing. I've decided to go ahead and contin ...more
Jun 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, beach
I read the first book in the series,UP AT BUTTERNUT LAKE and liked it. This is the next book in the series,it was likeable,but very predictable.I did not enjoy this one as much.This book focused on a Mom and Daughter in town.The characters from the first book came in mid way thru. Just very predictable.I doubt I'll read the rest of the series. ...more
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
The second book in the Butternut Lake series gives a more in depth story to Caroline and her daughter Daisy.

Three years have passed since the first story, Caroline is in a relationship with Buster and Daisy is almost done with college.
The story begins as Caroline's ex husband Jack comes back to town. He left when Daisy was only a toddler and his marriage with Caroline ended very badly.

Around this same time, Daisy sees an old classmate named Will. He was a bit of a bad boy in high school and Dais
Emi Knape
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a fun read! I honestly thoroughly enjoyed this book. For starters, the plot gave me major Gilmore Girls vibes and I love that show, so this book gave me the same feels I get when watching that show. I love a good romance novel and this book is the epitome of romance; every chapter, every page was filled with love (literally and figuratively). McNear made it so easy to fall in love with the characters and just makes you root for them! The writing had such a nice flow to it and every word was ...more
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the second Butternut Lake book as much as the first. It took me longer to read, maybe I was busier, not because it was not interesting because it certainly was. I love the characters and I ended up routing for Will and Jack. You can not help but respect them for turning their lives around. I love Mary McNear's writing and plan on jumping right into the novella, Butternut Lake The Night Before Christmas and on the the rest of the series. What a beautiful second chance, redemption story. I ...more
Leighann Sturgin
Jan 21, 2021 rated it did not like it
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Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, audio
I liked book 1 and book 3 in this series and this book 2 was fine but I had a few issues with the 21-year-old virgin who loses her virginity to a "bad boy". Nice that the bad boy wants to be a better person because of her, but what annoyed me was how she was so dependent on him. Being a virgin doesn't mean you are weak and need to be taken care of like a delicate flower. And she is a really smart girl - I wish she would have had more spunk and self-confidence.

The only other thing that was a pro
Aug 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mcls-audio
I listened to the audiobook, which was well narrated, clear and easy to understand, although the Minnesotan accent was quite overdone. Both of the main story lines were forced, predictable and unbelievable. The sex scenes were cringe-worthy. Shallow characters, excruciatingly tedious dialog. I keep looking for a nice, warm story with maybe a touch of romance; Butternut Summer is not it. I enjoyed the first Butternut book more.
Diane Sallans
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this book in the series a bit harder to get into, probably because it started off by featuring a YA romance (those aren't my favorites). But it also featured a second chance romance, so I was enjoying by mid-book. ...more
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another boilerplate book. But sometimes I want to have something entertaining and not have to think about the plot twists. This book is good for light entertainment value. The author added more depth of story than the first book in this series. We’ll see if I continue.
Mary LaPointe
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
This is apparently the third in a series, yet I did not know that and it didn't matter. It stands perfectly alone. I enjoyed the story and was ready for just a nonchallenging fiction story with a little suspence and romance. ...more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another delightful book set in this delightful town.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars..
Jul 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Mary McNear is the author of the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Up at Butternut Lake, published by HarperCollins. Up at Butternut Lake was the first book in the Butternut Lake series. The second Book, Butternut Summer, is now available. The third novel in the Butternut Lake trilogy, Moonlight on Butternut Lake, will be published in May 2015. A novella, Butternut Lake: The Night Before Chr ...more

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