Up At Butternut Lake by Mary McNear

up at butternut lake

  • Title:  Up at Butternut Lake
  • Series:  The Butternut Lake Trilogy, #1
  • Author:  Mary McNear
  • Genre:  Contemporary Romance; Small town fiction
  • Published:  April 2014 – William Morrow
  • Source:  Purchased

Synopsis:  It’s been ten years since Allie Beckett crossed the threshold of her family cabin at Butternut Lake, Minnesota. Now, newly widowed after the death of her husband in Afghanistan, she’s returned with her five-year-old son. There, she reconnects with the friends she had in childhood – best girlfriend Jax, now married with three kids and one on the way, and Caroline, owner of the local coffee shop. What Allie doesn’t count on is a newcomer to Butternut Lake, Walker Ford. Up at Butternut Lake follows these four unforgettable characters across a single summer as they struggle with love, loss, and what it means to take risks, confront fears, and embrace life, in all of its excitement and unpredictability. Allie Beckett could never have imagined, when she ran away from her old life, that she was running into a whole new life, up at the lake….  (publisher)

My brief take:  I bought Up at Butternut Lake after I accepted a review copy of the second book in the Butternut Lake trilogy. I wanted to get the background on the setting and original characters. I enjoyed reading about the small northern Minnesota town and found the main characters just as enjoyable. Each woman (Allie, Caroline and Jax) as well as Walker (Allie’s love interest) are in need of a fresh start, a second chance, but first they must make peace with the past. Mary McNear gave them emotional stories and wrote with a lot of heart. I look forward to reading the second book Butternut Summer which will be out in August.

12 thoughts on “Up At Butternut Lake by Mary McNear

  1. I won the second one from LT. Haven’t gotten it yet. Wondering if I too should buy the first. Glad to know you liked it.


    • I’m guessing it wouldn’t be necessary but Up At Butternut Lake (eBook) is $1.99 at both B&N and Amazon right now.


  2. I love the cover and the idea of this kind of setting as the perfect place to heal. I have this one on my list….and now that I know it’s a series, I’d better add the others.



  3. Now this is a series I think I’d love and I love getting in before there’s too many to catch up on. Your reviews are bad for my TBR pile Mary, not to mention my budget lol


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