Pub. DatE: June 14, 2016
Source: e-ARC via publisher (Thank you, William Morrow!)
Summary: 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.
When they were children, Win and Poppy used to long for the lazy summer days spent at their grandparents’ cabin on Butternut Lake. Thirteen years later, the sisters have slowly drifted apart, partially aided in Win bearing ownership of the beloved cabin. When a personal tragedy leaves her reeling from its shock, Win takes comfort in the serene lake and in doing things her way: organizing (and reorganizing) the kitchen utensils, making sure everything is just so. Poppy, on the other hand, couldn’t be more different. While the older of the two, Poppy is far more free-spirited, rash, and quick to act on every little whim…resulting in a surprise visit to Win’s cabin, cat and personal belongings – and mystery man – in tow. Could a summer spent together be exactly what this pair needs to mend their relationship or could it tear them apart for good?
The Space Between Sisters is actually the fourth book in McNear’s Butternut Lake series, but it easily stands on its own – I’m thinking this is a series with a central setting (Butternut Lake) where each book follows different characters. The dynamic between Win and Poppy was excellent and so realistic – I have two sisters of my own and could relate to both characters SO well. Their love and aggravation rang true and I soaked up every scene.
There’s not a whole lot I have to say about this one, but that’s not a bad thing! The Space Between Sisters is a quick, engrossing read about sibling dynamic and how some bonds can’t ever be broken. A bit of romance, a great setting, and characters so real it felt as though I knew them all blend together to create a fantastic read perfect for a sunny day spent lounging at the beach.