Picking up three years after Up at Butternut Lake, this novel is destined to please all readers. Daisy’s young-love story will take readers back to their own romantic summers past, while those with tumultuous romantic histories will empathize with Caroline’s situation. McNear’s latest is the perfect getaway for those craving a fun escape.
The summer before her last year of college, Daisy returns to Butternut Lake to spend time with her mother running their family’s coffee shop. Daisy reconnects with Will, the bad boy from high school to whom she’s irresistibly attracted. Meanwhile, Daisy’s mother, Caroline, is at her wit’s end trying to save her business and becomes even more flustered when her ex-husband Jack returns to make amends. Suddenly, Daisy and Caroline are both challenged to make the right life choices — romantically and professionally. (WILLIAM MORROW, Aug., 400 pp., $14.99)