Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Review: The Space Between Sisters by Mary McNear

Title: The Space Between Sisters
Author: Mary McNear
Series: Butternut Lake, #4
Published: June 2016, William Morrow Paperbacks
Format: ARC Paperback, 336 pages
Source: Publisher

Return to Butternut Lake with the newest from Mary McNear, whose heartfelt and powerful stories have made her a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Here, the complicated bonds of sisterhood are tested, long-kept secrets are revealed, and love is discovered…all during one unforgettable summer at the lake.

Two sisters couldn’t be more different. Win organized and responsible; Poppy impulsive and undependable. Win treads cautiously and plans her life with care; Poppy bounces from job to job and apartment to apartment, leaving 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, 13 years later, Win, recovering from a personal tragedy, has returned to Butternut Lake, settling into a predictable and quiet life.

Then, one night, Poppy unexpectedly shows up on Win’s doorstep with all her worldly possessions and a mysterious man in tow. And although Win loves her beautiful sister, she wasn’t expecting her to move in for the summer. Still, 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.

My thoughts: When I read the previous book in this series, Moonlight on Butternut Lake, I thought it was the final book - I thought it was a trilogy and I was so bummed! I really enjoy these books, so I was ecstatic to see that Mary McNear was still writing this series and this latest installment was just perfect!

One of the best things about this series is that you really don't need to read it in order. Each book really does stand on it's on, especially this one where there are brand new characters and while a few of the characters from past books do pop up, they really are in the periphery.

I loved this story - the story of two sisters. Their relationship and all the angst that came with it was so real and relatable. Having two sisters myself, I could totally sympathize with both Win and Poppy - I understand both of them, having been on both sides at one time or the other. I loved watching their relationship grow during this summer - oh it was tested time and time again, as these sisters are complete opposites, but that was half the fun!

There are so many endearing things to this book, as there usually are in Mary McNear stories, from the charming cat to the adorable little girl Poppy gives twirling lessons to and then there are the men that each women find themselves falling for. This book has a little bit of everything - love in all its many forms and is a great summer read.

Books in this series:
1.  Up at Butternut Lake
     2.  Butternut Summer
     2.5  Butternut Lake: The Night Before Christmas
     3.  Moonlight on Butternut Lake

     4.  The Space Between Sisters
     5.  The Light in Summer


  1. There has been a splurge of "sister" books lately. So many of them around, all of them good.

  2. I've enjoyed this series and hope to read the most recent one soon. Love the setting and the characters.

  3. I read the first one in this series; will have to give this one a try.


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