This is the second book in a trilogy by Mary McNear called Butternut Summer. I have not read the first one, but I did some research and it is not necessary to read them in order. The three books all take place on Butternut Lake and involve three friends (Allie, Jax and Caroline) who live there. Each book is about a different character and her story. This second installment follows Caroline who is in her early 40’s and has a daughter, Daisy, who is twenty-one years old and home for the summer from college. Caroline’s husband left them when Daisy was only 3 and has not returned until now. He has inherited a small, run-down cabin on Butternut Lake and has return to repair the cabin as well as the life he left so long ago. Caroline is skeptical of his return and does not welcome him; however, Daisy is happy and open to forgive her father. Caroline fell in love passionately with her ex, Jack Keegan, when she was quite young. Jack was sexy, charismatic and made her swoon. Her parents were against the marriage, but Caroline married him only to have her heart-broken within five years. Can she trust him? Can she trust herself?
Meanwhile, Daisy has fallen hard for Bad Boy, Will, and her mother is warning her against it. She doesn’t want Daisy to make the same mistakes she made. Will has a past of his own and has never been in love….will Daisy be able to change his life or will she end up hurt and alone….just like her mother?
A very quick, fast-paced read….I am a sucker for a sweet romance and this was a perfect end of the summer read for me.
* The final book in this trilogy has not been released yet.