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by Mary McNear

Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction

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First in a new trilogy, Up at Butternut Lake is charming and uplifting, especially for those who have experienced loss, or have lost a loved one to war. Each of the four core characters in this novel struggle with loneliness but in their own different ways, which provides insight on how certain relationships affect us and what makes each person tick, even in real life. Readers will likely cherish and appreciate this romantic and refreshing debut.

After losing her husband in the war in Afghanistan, Allie Beckett and her 5-year-old son return to Allie’s small hometown of Butternut Lake, Minn. Trying to find her way in life after becoming widowed, Allie reconnects with Jax, an old childhood friend and Caroline, the owner of the local café. What Allie isn’t prepared for is the attraction she feels to her neighbor, the mysterious and unattainable Walker Ford. As Allie tries to make a new life for herself in Butternut Lake, she learns that there is still very much left to look forward to. (WILLIAM MORROW, Apr., 384 pp., $14.99)

Reviewed By: Sarah Eisenbraun


Published: April 2014

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