The Light in Summer: A Butternut Lake Novel (Mass Market)

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The Light in Summer: A Butternut Lake Novel (Mass Market)


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

For the lovely Billy Harper, Butternut Lake is the place she feels most at home, even though lately she believes 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 good books, especially ones in which 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.


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.

Product Details ISBN: 9780062993410
ISBN-10: 0062993410
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: June 30th, 2020
Pages: 384
Language: English

“McNear’s latest Butternut Lake novel features small-town living at its best, teenaged angst and family dysfunction. [...] The perfect summer read that also works as a standalone novel.” — RT Book Reviews

Praise for The Space Between Sisters: “Butternut Lake is so beautifully rendered, you’ll wish it was real.” — Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author, on Moonlight on Butternut Lake

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

“The perfect book to bring on summer vacation, this stay-up-all-night one that readers will love. With well-developed characters who captivate and a deeply emotional subplot […] this novel is one to add to your collection for keeps.” — RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars)

Praise for Up at Butternut Lake: “A great, emotional read for every woman who must face the past before moving forward.” — Sherryl Woods, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“[...] if you’re packing your lakeside tote and hefting the canoe to the top of your vehicle, you might want to take along Up at Butternut Lake.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A great, emotional read for every woman who must face the past before moving forward” — #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods

“A sweet romance wrapped in several interesting storylines. It’s easy to root for the happiness of all the leads.” — New York Journal of Books

Praise for BUTTERNUT SUMMER: “Butternut Summer by Mary McNear made me laugh at times, and it also brought tears to my eyes. [...] I highly recommend Butternut Summer!” — Fresh Fiction

“Butternut Summer is a thoughtful examination of the pleasure and pain of love and the strength of the family bond and will leave fans eagerly awaiting the triptych’s final installment.” — Booklist

“Engaging and true to life, Butternut Summer offers a story not limited just to a beach read.” — New York Journal of Books

Praise for Moonlight on Butternut Lake: “A delicious setting and a heroine to cheer for, Moonlight on Butternut Lake is my favorite kind of book, one that treads that pleasurable line between romance and women’s fiction. Enjoy! ” — Susan Elizabeth Phillips