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Barefoot Season (Blackberry Island, 1) Paperback – March 30, 2012
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On Blackberry Island, friendship, love and forgiveness are as constant as the ocean waves, if only you can make room in your heart for hope.
Michelle Sanderson may appear to be a strong, independent woman, but on the inside, she’s still the wounded girl who fled home years ago. A young army vet, Michelle returns to the quaint Blackberry Island Inn to claim her inheritance and recover from the perils of war. Instead, she finds the owner’s suite occupied by the last person she wants to see.
Carly Williams and Michelle were once inseparable, until a shocking betrayal destroyed their friendship. And now Carly is implicated in the financial disaster lurking behind the inn’s cheerful veneer.
Single mother Carly has weathered rumors, lies and secrets for a lifetime, and is finally starting to move forward with love and life. But if the Blackberry Island Inn goes under, Carly and her daughter will go with it.
To save their livelihoods, Carly and Michelle will undertake a turbulent truce. It’ll take more than a successful season to move beyond their devastating past, but with a little luck and a beautiful summer, they may just rediscover the friendship of a lifetime.
Don't miss The Summer Getaway by Susan Mallery where one woman discovers the beauty in chaos in a poignant and heartwarming story about the threads that hold family together.
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- Publisher : MIRA; Original edition (March 30, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0778313387
- ISBN-13 : 978-0778313380
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.38 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #125,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Great characters, with an amazing theme of forgiveness and letting go of childish beliefs, to overcome adversity with the help of 'sisters' and true friends. A MUST-READ!
I really enjoyed Barefoot Season. I cared about both women, the supporting cast were interesting and the situations engrossing. I don't like to discuss more of the plot that the summaries provide, but this book deals with real issues in a respectful and nuanced way.
I very much recommend this book and have already purchased a couple others by the author.
Susan Mallery has written a beautiful story of life and looking forward. Easy to follow storyline. Believable characters, with distinct personalities. Entertaining and informative dialogue.
Michelle, a medically retired vet returns home to find out her inn is deeply in debt.
Carly, single mother of Gabby, works at the inn believing she was buying into it.
They both struggle through a friendship broken by both families and loving the same man.
“You can. You don’t want to. There’s a difference.”
"I’m going to kill you.”
Mango patted her shoulder. “If I had a nickel for every time someone threatened me, I’d be a rich man. Five more, Michelle. Don’t make me use my physical-therapist voice. You won’t like it.”
“People have trouble admitting when they act for purely selfish reasons. Telling the truth about something like that forces them to redefine their sense of self. So they make up a story. We all do it. Tell stories to explain the unexplainable. To get by. Sometimes the stories even help us survive that which would otherwise destroy us.”
“I don’t want to let him back in my life,” she murmured. “I want him to go away. Is that bad?”
Pauline touched her arm. “The idea that we have to unconditionally love our parents, no matter what they do to us, is a crock of sh@@." She grinned. “So to speak.”
I will re-read this story and always look forward to works by this author.
Among all this angst is a story of true friendship, how it is expressed, and how it helps both Michelle and Carly work through what separated them in the first place in the midst of the current events that plague each of them. An added bonus is the emergence of possible love for both Michelle and Carly, unexpected and unsought but potentially enhancing of their respective lives as they work to make the hotel solvent. A worthwhile read.
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This book is full of activity and has lots of minor plots which enhance the story but the main success is with the two female protagonists who bring a depth to this book that makes it a very worthwhile read.