When Win’s life falls apart she retreats to the cabin on Butternut Lake only to have her sister Poppy show up on her doorstep unannounced. While their first days together are nostalgic soon the sisters fall into their old ways. Win must deal with great loss and decide how to build a future and Poppy has to decide if she wants to stay at the lake or move on. Poppy takes a job in the local bait shop to earn some cash and ends up finding more than just a job there. This story is sweet and warm and funny. The characters are not afraid to speak their minds sometimes with hilarious results. For both sisters the summer will open new doors and bring the ability to move forward.
Levi’s world falls apart in hours and he is left to deal with his changed reality. As his depression gets worse and he continues to remain silent totally silent his mother sends him from their home in Australasia to Maine, USA to live with his father hoping that a total change will force him out of his funk. Now on top of all his other issues Levi must deal with the father he has not seen in years and the culture shock of living in a totally new place, but gradually he finds a few good friends including three year old Lucy and slowly puts his world back together. A moving story about rebuilding after a huge loss, finding the courage to live again. Levi touched me with his honest and open story and I loved watching how Lucy melted his heart and wormed her way into his life. Witty, touching and warm yet not afraid to ask tough questions and demand answers.
I loved Isabella’s story. I felt bad for her, but I loved her grandmother and her mother and Remy their confident outspoken neighbor who is good influence on all of them. Each of the women try to help Isabella with her issues surrounding the night her father disappeared, but being back on the island is forcing her to remember things she would rather forget, and teaching her new lessons along the way. Isabella must face the past to give herself a future she deserves, but it seems easier for her to simply lock it all inside, until the day she can’t. I loved the strong women in this novel and the quaint inland in this novel the senses of people and place are strong and Isabella is a wonderful girl facing something that is hard for people much older than she is.