Blog Tour Book Review: Butternut Summer by Mary McNear

Butternut Summer Title: Butternut Summer written by Mary McNear
Genre: Fiction
Page count: 377
Format: Paperback
Rating – 5/5

Preparing for her final year of college, Daisy is crazy busy now that she’s back at Butternut Lake. She’s helping her mother, Caroline, run their coffee shop and trying to build a relationship with the absentee father who’s suddenly reappeared. She never expected to fall in love with Will, the bad-boy from high school who works at the local garage. With every passing day she and Will grow closer to each other . . . and closer to the day they will have to say goodbye. As summer’s end looms, Will and Daisy face heartbreaking choices that might tear them apart.

Caroline already has her hands full trying to make ends meet at the coffee shop without having her no-good ex suddenly show up. Now that Jack is back, he’s determined to reconnect with the family he walked out on twenty years ago. But with the bank pounding on her door and Jack’s presence reminding her of the passion they once shared, Caroline’s resolve begins to crumble. As Daisy’s departure looms and her financial worries grow, Caroline just may discover the support she needs . . . in the last place she ever imagined.


Thank you for stopping by my blog and welcome to my stop for the Butternut Summer by Mary McNear blog tour! I’d like to say a big thank you to Mary McNear and TLC Book Tours for giving me the opportunity to read and review Butternut Summer!

Butternut Summer is about a Caroline, the owner of a coffee shop and mother to a college senior Daisy, whom is under a lot of stress due to the financial troubles of her small business and the turbulence that has been her family/love life. Daisy, Caroline’s daughter is a young college student getting ready to embark on her last year of college who is returning home for the summer to help her mother and connect with her father, Jack. The summer turns out to be quite interesting, and quite different than either of them suspect and they both find themselves caught up in a summer of confusion, regret and most of all, romance.

I am so happy that I had the opportunity to read this book! This is the second book in a trilogy. Although I have not read the first book I really felt like this could be treated as a standalone book, as there is definitely enough story for it to stand on it’s own. For me this was the perfect book to read in my last few weeks of summer. At 377 it’s not really a hefty read and will go by pretty fast since you won’t want to put it down once you begin it (just like me!) but it’s a largely satisfying read. I loved this book.

I read a lot of fantasy so I don’t get to read a lot of what is considered “chick lit” or “romance” type books but reading this book reminded me of why I have enjoyed this kind of book and story when I do get the opportunity to read this genre. I think the writing was superb, and the characters were well developed, I felt like I got a good sense of every character. I love that this book is about not only the two love stories that develop between Daisy and a former high school crush Will AND Caroline and Daisy’s father Jack, but also about the mother/daughter relationship between Daisy and Caroline. I think the author did such a wonderful job of portraying all of these complex relationships and complex feelings that go along with these relationships…it was truly masterful writing to be able to convey all of this in one book in such a way that the reader can actually feel all the emotions of each character. I think the setting of Butternut Lake is just absolutely gorgeous and such a stunning setting for this type of story. I absolutely need to read the first book and would enjoy reading the third!

Overall, I greatly enjoyed Butternut Summer and I do recommend this book to anyone that is up for some light, romantic reading. It is about the beauty of first love, second chances and discovering yourself at any age. Butternut Summer was wonderful – romantic, heartwarming, and heartbreaking.

Purchase Butternut Summer here! Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound

Mary McNearMary 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.

Mary McNear lives in San Francisco with her husband, two teenage children, and a high-strung minuscule white dog named Macaroon. She writes her novels at a local doughnut shop, where she sips Diet Pepsi, observes the hubbub of neighborhood life, and tries to resist the constant temptation of freshly made doughnuts. She bases her novels on a lifetime of summers spent in a small town on a lake in the northern Midwest.

Find Mary McNear on Facebook.


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3 thoughts on “Blog Tour Book Review: Butternut Summer by Mary McNear

  1. Pingback: Mary McNear, author of Butternut Summer, on tour September/October 2014 | TLC Book Tours

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