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In the tradition of Kristin Hannah and Susan Wiggs, Mary McNear introduces readers to the town of Butternut Lake and to the unforgettable people who call it home.

It’s summer, and after ten years away, Allie Beckett has returned to her family’s cabin beside tranquil Butternut Lake, where as a teenager she spent so many carefree days. She has promised her five-year-old son, Wyatt, they will be happy there. She has promised herself this is the place to begin again after her husband’s death in Afghanistan. The cabin holds so many wonderful memories, but from the moment she crosses its threshold Allie is seized with doubts. Has she done the right thing uprooting her little boy from the only home he has ever known?

Allie and her son are embraced by the townsfolk, and her reunions with old acquaintances—her friend Jax, now a young mother of three with one more on the way, and Caroline, the owner of the local coffee shop—are joyous ones. And then there are newcomers like Walker Ford, who mostly keeps to himself—until he takes a shine to Wyatt … and to Allie.

Everyone knows that moving forward is never easy, and as the long, lazy days of summer take hold, Allie must learn to unlock the hidden longings of her heart, and to accept that in order to face the future she must also confront—and understand—what has come before.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A great, emotional read for every woman who must face the past before moving forward.”

    Sherryl Woods, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “[A] heartwarming love story.”

    Woman’s Day (Best Book Club Pick)

  • “McNear’s charmingly light Up at Butternut Lake gives voice to this enduring Midwestern fantasy in easy-to-swallow prose…It would have been simple for McNear to tie up every plot line with a neat bow, but her writing proves more complex than mere vacation fluff. Still, 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. The North Woods won’t be the same without some heartfelt reading to go along with the smell of a campfire and toasting marshmallows.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Up at Butternut Lake is charming and uplifting…Readers will likely cherish and appreciate this romantic and refreshing debut.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “McNear has created a sweet romance wrapped in several interesting story lines. It’s easy to root for the happiness of all the leads, and it seems likely that all will find peace and contentment.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • "Up at Butternut Lake is…a mostly heartwarming story of moving on from painful parts of one’s past. Well-written with realistic characters, this novel is one that you will find yourself wanting to finish in one sitting if you can. And readers who enjoy this story will rejoice at the thought of more novels in the future set in this charming little town.”

    San Francisco Book Review

  • “All the characters learn and grow as their lives intertwine…[This] charming debut should attract fans of Susan Wiggs and Luanne Rice.”


  • “The first in a homey, feel-good series, McNear’s small-town tale offers lakeside views and likable characters…McNear has admirably crafted people worth following.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • A USA Today Bestseller
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About the Author

Carrington MacDuffie is a voice actor and recording artist who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has been a frequent finalist for the Audie Award, including for her original audiobook, Many Things Invisible. Alongside her narration work, she has released a new album of original songs, Only an Angel.