Blog Tour Book Review: The Light in Summer by Mary McNear

About The Light in Summer

• Hardcover: 384 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (June 20, 2017)

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Mary McNear brings you home to Butternut Lake and a novel filled with irresistible characters who you will want to call your friends.

It’s summertime on Butternut Lake, where the heat of noon is soothed by the cool breezes of the evening, where the pace grows slower, and sometimes, just sometimes, the summer light makes everything clearer…

For the lovely Billy Harper, Butternut Lake is the place she feels most at home, even though lately she feels the only one listening to her is Murphy…her faithful Labrador Retriever. Her teenage son, Luke, has gone from precious to precocious practically overnight. Her friends are wrapped up in their own lives, and Luke’s father, Wesley, disappeared before his son was even born. No wonder she prefers to spend time with a good book, especially ones where everything ends in perfection.

But Billy is about to learn that anything is possible during the heady days of summer. Coming to terms with her past—the death of her father, the arrival of Cal Cooper, a complicated man with a definite interest in Billy, even the return of Wesley, will force her to have a little bit of faith in herself and others…and realize that happiness doesn’t always mean perfection.

“Butternut Lake is so beautifully rendered, you’ll wish it was real.”—Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author  

“This triumphant story had me reading until the wee hours of the morning.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber on The Space Between Sisters

Purchase Links

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 It’s almost the weekend guys! I am so ready, are you? 

Luckily this week, I read some really great books so I can’t complain too much. I just finished The Light in Summer by Mary McNear. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review of it. 

The Light in Summer is a contemporary read about Billy and Cal. They are both going through a fairly difficult time when they meet but nevertheless, sparks fly almost instantly.  

This book is actually part of the Butternut Lake series which is a series of novels that are set in a small town. When I signed up for the tour I didn’t realize that this book belonged to that series but when I finally realized it, I was pretty overyjoyed as I have enjoyed two Butternut Lake books in the past (plus the cover has a dog in it and you guys know I can’t pass up a book with an animal on the cover). 😀 

I enjoyed our main characters, especially Billie who is a librarian in her thirties. As a recent library school grad in my thirties, I found it easy to connect with her and the story in general. I think the setting definitely has a ton to do with what I love about these books. I want to summer in Butternut Lake, for real. The “summer in a small town” vibe it has is so real when you read these books, it makes me homesick for a place that I can’t actually visit and people that don’t actually exist. I love love loved Murphy, Billy’s dog…I loved the scenes where they interact with each other. I don’t know how to explain it but this book just made me feel peaceful and warm. It was a joy to read. 

I love these books and it was no surprise for me that I enjoyed this one. I don’t think it was my favorite from the series but it was also great. If you are looking for a feel good series or a light summer read, definitely check this book out and really any of the Butternut Lake books. This book just felt like the epitome of summer. It has drama, sunshine, self discovery, small town appeal and a dash of romance. I definitely think this book was more about Billy and her relationship with her son than about a summer romance which I wasn’t expecting but I liked nonetheless. Four stars for me! 

I will be so happy if this trend  lately of my reading really great, warm contemporaries with sweet romances and puppies continues!


Photo by Amelia Kennedy

About Mary McNear

Mary McNear, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Butternut Lake series, writes in 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. Mary bases her novels on a lifetime of summers spent in a small town on a lake in the northern Midwest.

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One thought on “Blog Tour Book Review: The Light in Summer by Mary McNear

  1. I’m looking forward to reading this book. Billie sounds like a wonderful character, and the fact that the story focuses on her relationship with son really appeals to me.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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