The Light in Summer: A Butternut Lake Novel

The Light in Summer: A Butternut Lake Novel

by Mary McNear


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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.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594891390
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/20/2017
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 569,484
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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.

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The Light In Summer: A Butternut Lake Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
A great addition to the Butternut Lake series. Although this could be a stand-alone novel, it does pull in characters from the other books. I would suggest you read them in order. Looking forward to more in the series. Well edited. The story deals with real life issues. Some sexual content but not overly explicit. Not for children.
Book_and_recipe_Examiner More than 1 year ago
Billy Harper is a single mother and the head librarian in the town of Butternut Lake. Merely trying to survive the onset of her son’s adolescence, Billy frequently copes by talking to her labrador, Murphy, on the back porch, with a glass of wine and a Jane Austen novel. Her son Luke has never met his father, but now that Billy’s father has passed away, Luke becomes curious and wants Billy to contact a man she hasn’t spoken to since before Luke was born. Meanwhile, Luke has been hanging out with a high school dropout and another rebellious teen, which landed him a visit to the local police station. Billy has to leave from a wedding to pick him up, with a ride from the new arrival in town, Cal, a former architect who rode in from Seattle in a Porsche. The Light in Summer: A Butternut Lake Novel is a humorous foray into summer love and second chances. For discussion questions, similar reads, and a themed recipe for fluffernutter Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Marshmallow Fluff and PB Swirled Frosting, visit
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings I adore this series. This is a part of the Butternut Lake series and yes it is a series, but this is one of those series that you can read out of order, you can start wherever you like and enjoy. This is the 5th in the series and it centers around Billy Harper (a female, I know I had a hard time the whole book with a female named Billy!) and she is the local librarian and a single mom and has been splitting her time between these two important parts of her life. She hasn't pursued love because being a good mom has been her number one priority for thirteen years. In walks Cal Cooper who is moving back closer to his sister and her family and is having reprioritize his life as things have changed.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
I have not read any of the Butternut Lake Series before, but I had no problem following this story. I loved my visit there and will have to go back and read the rest of the series now. This is the story of Billy and her son Luke. Billy was an eighteen year old when she found herself pregnant after her first sexual encounter. She raised Luke with the help of her parents, grandma and PopPop, and now Luke is thirteen and having issues. PopPop died a year earlier and he is struggling with his emotions. He has started to associate with some troublesome teens and get himself in hot water. Billy does not know what to do, she feels like a jailer, constantly punishing him. As the summer rolls along, their relationship takes some turns as Billy struggles with the idea of contacting Luke's father, he really wants to meet him. Of course this book is a family drama as well as a romance and Billy meets Cal. She has not dated much and is unsure of what to do. This is a love at first sight situation, but they do not act on it right away. There is a build up to their relationship that, even though quick, it is tender and has some bumps along the road. I enjoyed the three main characters in this story. They were real, their struggles were real. Billy is a wonderful mom, who despite this, her son has some problems. At times he might seem selfish, but he is only 13 and that is they way 13 year olds are. Cal is also struggling with his life. He is not sure what is next, what direction to take or where to live. Despite all that, he is funny, easy going and caring. Of course being an avid reader, I loved that Billy is a librarian, and a good one at that. There are several books mentioned in this story, many classics, that I will check out. They are integrated into the story nicely. The secondary characters add much to the story, even though they are not in it for long periods of time. Overall a wonderful summer read. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good family drama as well as some romance and happy endings. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and I am glad that I got this opportunity to read it.