by Mary McNear
Return to Butternut Lake with New York Times bestselling author Mary McNear in a story where the complicated bonds of sisterhood are tested.
They are two sisters who couldn’t be more different. Win, organized and responsible, plans her life with care. Poppy, impulsive and undependable, leaves others to pick up the pieces. But despite their differences, they share memories of the idyllic childhood summers they spent together on the shores of Butternut Lake. Now, thirteen years later, Win, recovering from a personal tragedy, has taken refuge on Butternut Lake, settling into a predictable and quiet life.
Then one night, Poppy unexpectedly shows up on her sister’s doorstep with her suitcases, an aging cat named Sasquatch, and a mysterious man in tow. Although Win loves her beautiful sister, she wasn’t expecting her to move in for the summer. At first, they relive the joys of Butternut Lake. But their blissful nostalgia soon gives way to conflict and painful memories, and buried secrets threaten to tear the sisters apart.
As the waning days of summer get shorter, past secrets are revealed, new love is found, and the ties between the sisters are tested like never before . . . all on the serene shores of Butternut Lake.
As one of Win’s high school classmates had once remarked, with the casual cruelty of that age, ‘It’s like Poppy’s the designer handbag, Win, and you’re the knockoff.’
Sam knew you couldn’t always choose whom to fall in love with. Sometimes, they chose you.
Poppy was different. She had no path. She had no direction. Most people, Win thought, moved forward, a few unlucky ones moved backwards, but Poppy, Poppy seemed to move sideways.
‘…oh, and then she showed me her dolls. Did you know that one of them is in a coma Sam?’ … ‘I did. Cassie got sunscreen in its eyes, and now they won’t open, so she decided she was in a coma.’
On page one, I was instantly enamored with both The Space Between Sisters and its author Mary McNear. Her writing is simply stellar, evocative, emotive, poignant, and keenly insightful. I was beguiled, engaged, and totally engrossed from beginning to end… and I may have shed more than a few tears in between. I enjoyed the odd dichotomy of the sisters with one being a frantically organized, OCD, long grieving widow; and the other being a spacey and irresponsible slob with a suppressed secret that has pervasively blunted and stunted her emotions and maturity. It has been thirteen years but finally, the traumatic experience has surfaced, but not without consequence or repercussions. I was fascinated with the characters, all of whom being hopelessly flawed, quirky, and completely endearing. This was my first experience with Ms. McNear, but one I would love to repeat in an endless loop.
About Mary McNear
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.