Moonlight on Butternut Lake by Mary McNear Release Date: May 12, 2015 Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks Book #3 of the Butternut Lake series Number of pages: 384 Paperback Source: Warren Public Library Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: R Read 12/13/16 to 12/15/16
Although I greatly enjoyed Up at Butternut Lake and Butternut Summer, the first two books of this series, I had a problem with how talky they were. In fact, I subtracted a star from my review of both those books due to the amount of times I found myself skimming. I cannot tell you how happy I am this book didn’t have that problem. I’m hoping this will carry on to the next book since the main characters in this book had quiet personalities.
Mila has grit and spirit, even after years of someone trying to take those things from her. There are some really low points in her past yet once she decides to do something she doesn’t back down. Or when she does back down she quickly is able to talk herself back up and goes back out there to try again. I can’t help but admire her spunk. Under all of that, she is an extremely compassionate person.
Reid definitely needs compassion. He’s super prickly and even rude. As the reader we are able to get his inner thoughts and it’s quickly clear that he doesn’t mean to be such a jerk. He’s stuck in his own pain and in his own head and doesn’t even realize how badly his attitude is affecting those around him. But just like Mila, once he puts his mind to overcoming his problems there’s no holding him back.
There is a level of predictability to the story, yet the climax doesn’t play out at all as I had imagined. I don’t mind knowing what is coming as long as the journey is fun. And this journey was fun. It was also sweet and sentimental.
It is a bummer that I haven’t been able to find book 2.5 because I love holiday stories and I would love to read more about Will and Daisy. But I found I didn’t need to read that book to move onto this one. I have the next book already sitting on my end table waiting for me and I can’t wait to dig in!