The Butternut Lake Trilogy by Mary McNear is one of my favorites. The latest book, the third in the series, entitled Moonlight on Butternut Lake is just as wonderful as I thought it would be. It’s about finding yourself again even when you feel you are broken beyond repair, of healing a broken soul, and of family and love.
Mila hasn’t had an easy life. Her childhood was hard and now she’s trapped in an abusive marriage with no way out. Or is there? Thankfully Mila finds help from a woman who has suffered abuse herself and sends her to Butternut Lake to work as a home health aide.
Back in Butternut Lake Reid is recovering from a serious car crash in which he almost died. So far he’s managed to send two home health aides running due to his horrendous attitude. It’s understandable that Reid is angry and miserable. He’s a man used to taking care of himself. It’s just that he doesn’t seem to even want to make an effort to get better. He can’t see beyond his self pity to know how lucky he is to be alive and have the support of a loving family. Will Mila be the one to break the impossibly high wall Reid has built around himself?
Mila hopes Butternut Lake will be a new start for her. A place where she can put her life back in order. She finds Reid just as nasty as she had expected and at times it’s hard for her with what she’s dealt with in her past. She has to learn to stand up for herself. When she finally does Reid sees a different woman – one unlike any he’s known before… and she begins to inhabit a place in his heart. Will these two broken souls find peace and healing through each other?
Moonlight on Butternut Lake is a beautiful story. I loved the characters and Butternut Lake itself sounds like a little piece of heaven. While this book can stand alone I think a reader would really miss out on a lot of back story by not indulging in Up at Butternut Lake and Butternut Summer first. Highly recommended!