Sunday, April 27, 2014
UP AT BUTTERNUT LAKE (MARY MCNEAR)
HarperCollins|March 31, 2014|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-06-228314-6
It's summer, and after ten years away, Allie Beckett has returned to her family's cabin beside tranquil Butternut Lake, where as a teenager she spent so many carefree days. She's promised her five-year-old son, Wyatt, they will be happy there. She's promised herself this is the place to begin again after her husband's death in Afghanistan. The cabin holds so many wonderful memories, but from the moment she crosses its threshold Allie is seized with doubts. Has she done the right thing uprooting her little boy from the only home he's ever known?
Allie and her son are embraced by the townsfolk, and her reunions with old acquaintances - her friend Jax, now a young mother of three with one more on the way, and Caroline, the owner of the local coffee shop - are joyous ones. And then there are newcomers like Walker Ford, who mostly keeps to himself - until he takes a shine to Wyatt...and to Allie.
Everyone knows that moving forward is never easy, and as the long, hazy days of summer take hold, Allie must learn to unlock the hidden longings of her heart, and to accept that in order to face the future she must also confront - and understand - what has come before.
UP AT BUTTERNUT LAKE was a story I could sink my teeth into. I totally fell in love with Allie, she was such a good mother and Wyatt was her entire world. I could picture Butternut Lake in my mind's eye and see the glistening water and Walker's cottage across the bay from Allie's dock. It was a peaceful, serene read and I was just absolutely lost in the pages of this novel. Very well done! I totally loved it and had such a peaceful feeling when I turned the final page.