Moonlight On Butternut Lake
Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Romance
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 12th, 2015 by William Morrow Paperbacks
Moonlight on Butternut Lake is the third book in the Butternut companion trilogy. This book focuses on out-of-towner Mila Jones as she comes to work in Butternut as a home health care aide. Mila brings with her lots of baggage—not literally, she only has one small suitcase. However, any noise makes her start, she’s always looking over her shoulder, and she always has to be able to see the exit. A lot of people don’t notice this, how she’s always alert and subtly shrinks into herself. But Reid Ford, her cantankerous new patient, notices something is off about her.
Mila has come to Butternut to get away and start over. This secluded Minnesota small town seems like the perfect place to do it. However, Mila is uncertain of her new job. She accepted it out of desperation, and is now regretting it a little bit. She was warned that this patient would be… troublesome, but she hadn’t expected his attitude to be quite so bad! All he does is mope around in his room all day—and everyone just lets him! She’s not going to be a push over. But she doesn’t exactly want to rock the boat either…
Faced with someone—and a beautiful girl no less—who will finally tell it like it is, Reid slowly begins to come out of his self-imposed solitude. If Mila can break through Reid’s shell, can he break through hers?
I began reading this book as spring finally broke through the long winter. The sun was in the sky, the birds singing, the thermometer was up to 24 degrees Celsius! Then I got further into the book and, of course, Maritime weather kicked in… and now it’s rainy and cold. However, Moonlight On Butternut Lake was the perfect book to break in the new season with. It’s a great read to pop into your beach bag, or your overnight suitcase as you head up to the cottage this summer.
Each book in the Butternut trilogy can be read on it’s own, but if you read them in order you get a better understanding of the background characters as you go along. For instance, in this book Ally and Walker Ford will be familiar characters to you if you’ve read Up at Butternut Lake, the first book in the series.
While I did like this book, I must say that I did not enjoy it as much as I did the previous books in the series. I had trouble connecting with the main characters at times, unable to get a real grasp on them beyond the superficial. Like, I know Mila has been abused and I know that Reid went through a terrible ordeal trapped in his car… But I felt like I only knew about them and their experiences—it often felt flat and superficial, leaving me feeling detached and with no emotional connection to the characters.
That being said, I did enjoy the story. I flew through it! If you like a good light summer read, this series should be right up your alley!
I also must note that I love WilliamMorrow P.S. editions! They come with more information about the author and helpful discussions questions!
Please Note: I received a free ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for my participation in this tour and my honest review. All thoughts here are completely honest and completely my own.
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Mary McNear is a writer living in San Francisco with her husband, two teenage children, and a high-strung, minuscule white dog named Macaroon. She writes her novels in a local donut shop where she sips Diet Pepsi, observes the hubbub of neighbourhood life, and tries to resist the constant temptation of freshly made donuts. She bases her novels on a lifetime of summers spent in a small town on a lake in the northern Midwest.
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Beth is the founder and editor of Fuelled by Fiction. She is a twenty-something east coast Canadian girl who loves writing about books and feminism.