Tuesday, May 12, 2015

TLC Book Tours Book Review: Moonlight At Butternut Lake

Moonlight on Butternut WakeAbout Moonlight on Butternut Lake

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (May 12, 2015)

From the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Up at Butternut Lake comes the third novel in the Butternut Lake series—a dazzling story of two wounded souls seizing a second chance at life and love.

On the run from her abusive husband, Mila Jones flees Minneapolis for the safety and serenity of Butternut Lake. Ready to forge a new life, Mila's position as home health aide to Reid Ford is more than a job. It’s a chance at a fresh start. Though her sullen patient seems determined to make her quit, she refuses to give up on him.

Haunted by the car accident that nearly killed him, Reid retreats to his brother’s cabin on Butternut Lake and lashes out at anyone who tries to help. Reid wishes Mila would just go away. . .until he notices the strength, and the secrets, behind her sad, brown eyes.

Against all odds, Mila slowly draws Reid out. Soon they form a tentative, yet increasingly deeper, bond as Mila lowers her guard and begins to trust again, and Reid learns how to let this woman who has managed to crack through his protective shell into his life. While the seemingly endless days of summer unfold, Reid and Mila take the first steps to healing as they discover love can be more than just a dream.
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Review: Ah Butternut Lake, how I love thee! I'm really sad that we've reached the third book in this trilogy because I absolutely love these books.  This is Mila and Reid's story. Fans of the series know Read from the first book, Up At Butternut Lake.

This is really a story of two wounded souls who find each other.

I loved this book and I loved how we got to see Allie and Walker in this story.  Mila has trust issues because of her last relationship, and why wouldn't she? But for some reason she trusts Reid. Reid is just the typical injured jerk that needs a good woman to make him less of a jerk and more of a good guy. Mila does just that.

Its funny, I've read several books with abusive partners/husbands lately and I have to say, that they all left me with a funny taste in my mouth. The last one I read was The Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank. I admit the subject matter makes me uncomfortable, but at least I enjoyed this story even though at times I wanted to give Mila a shake, though with her past it was almost easier to accept how she came to stay with Brandon and marry him. I also liked that she was strong enough to try to get away and succeed at it.

I would have preferred a better end to Brandon then the one we got. Granted I felt he got what he deserved because he was really crazy, but I think he deserved some hard time. It would have given the story a grittier edge.

I'm really going to miss visiting Butternut Lake.

Rating: 4 flowers

40704 About Mary McNear

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 neighborhood 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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Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Butternut Lake sounds like a place I would love to spend a lazy summer.

Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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