up at butternut lake.


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’s promised her five-year-old son, Wyatt, they will be happy there. She’s 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 crocuses its threshold Allie is seized with doubts. Has she done the right thing uprooting her little boy from the only home he’s 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.

I decided to take a little break from all the Kristin Hannah books and try a new author. I found her on goodreads because she writes LIKE Kristin Hannah. 😛 I was super impressed with this book! It’s set in a little town in northern Minnesota (Yay Minnesota!!), so that’s what really drew me into it. It’s a perfect book to take outside and read in the sunshine! This book really makes you feel like you could be at the lake, so that was a pretty awesome perk to it too! This is the first book of the series, so I’m excited to read the rest.

This book has quite a few characters! The nice thing about it was that even though it’s told in four points of view.
Allie: A widow of a soldier who died in Afghanistan and mother to Wyatt. She moves from Eden Prairie to her family cabin on Butternut Lake.
Walker: A well reserved man who likes to be alone. He is neighbors with Allie and Wyatt on the lake.
Jax: Allie’s childhood friend. Jax is also the mother of 3 girls and another on the way. Stuff goes down with this lady! (Can’t and won’t give anything away though!!!)
Caroline: The owner of Pearl’s diner! She is also friends with Jax and Allie.

I was able to finish this book in under a day. That’s how much of an easy read this is! It’s another one of those page turners that hooks you from early on, and makes it so incredibly hard to put down. There were some parts in the book, mainly towards the end, where it gave me the “really? this is getting to be a little much…” but over all, it was very good!

(I’m trying something new… I’ve made my own little “rating system”)


4/5 Stars for this book. Like I said, there was a couple parts where I thought it was getting a little cheesy, so that’s why I docked it one star. Otherwise, I definitely recommend reading this book!


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