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Barefoot Season: A Blackberry Island Novel, Book 1 | [Susan Mallery]

Barefoot Season: A Blackberry Island Novel, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Susan Mallery (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 04-02-12
    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2008

    I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything

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    "A new place to explore...and the characters there"

    I truly enjoy Susan Mallery. Her writing is clear and the plotline not too complicated to follow.
    The characters are interesting, and the relationship between Michelle and her ex-best friend Carly has depth. It's complicated by Michelle's injury in Afghanistan - not the physical one, which will heal, but the psychic one, which will take Michelle's own will to overcome. And Carly's old heartbreaks don't help the re-establishment of a relationship. They go from needing each other professionally, to tolerance, to almost back to the love of friendship they shared.
    The only criticism I really have is that the story doesn't really have a satisfying ending, because it doesn't really come to a complete closure. I suppose that's to be expected in a series, but it almost makes me wish I hadn't listened until at least the next in the series was ready.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    cyntsimon Tulsa, OK, United States 06-14-14
    cyntsimon Tulsa, OK, United States 06-14-14 Member Since 2008

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "It was just okay"
    Would you try another book from Susan Mallery and/or Sarah Grace?

    This is not a book, I would be interested in listening to again. It was ok, nothing specular about the story. Michelle was an emotional wreck. The story had no balance to the story line.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Susan Mallery again?

    yes, I listen to her some of other books they were ok.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Sarah Grace?

    yes, her voice was fitting to the characters


    Do you think Barefoot Season needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No not for me to listen to. The story was incomplete and lacking a balance of the key players.


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Diamond FL 06-05-14
    Diamond FL 06-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Nice Story but horrible narration."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator for this book had a terrible sing song voice. It was hard to finish the story listening to the narration. She was high pitched and even the descriptive passages were done in a sing song voice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was good with the background of the island and inn.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It was difficult to finish the book listening to her sing song voice. I would have given it a lower rating if there was one available.


    Any additional comments?

    I will definitely watch closely and listen to samples before selecting any other books and will certainly never get another by her,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Penelope Ellenton, FL, United States 05-16-14
    Penelope Ellenton, FL, United States 05-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Much more than a simple romance"
    What did you love best about Barefoot Season?

    The fact that it was more. I have been reading a lot lately and so many are same format, boy/girl loves the other-boy/girl can't love the other-something happens and love prevails.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michele - hard work and a lot of heart


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it took me a full day, but I made sure I stayed up till it was done.


    Any additional comments?

    So many bad comments on here about narrator- I didn't agree, I thought she did a fine job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. A. Tyler Statesville, NC 04-26-12
    D. A. Tyler Statesville, NC 04-26-12 Member Since 2009

    book lover

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    "Hard to listen"

    This just started so slow and was hard to listen to for long. I would like my money back. I normal like Susan Mallery books.

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    Georgi LITTLETON, CO, United States 04-24-12
    Georgi LITTLETON, CO, United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Good Story, not so much for the narrator"

    The story was good, but the narrator was not so hot. it was hard to tell te characters apart and her reading would speed up and slow down. I will not be buying any more books with her as a narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lorena Bay Area, California 04-06-12
    Lorena Bay Area, California 04-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story - not your everyday romance novel."
    If you could sum up Barefoot Season in three words, what would they be?

    I would say this book is about love and how it is integral with how you view yourself, your relationship with men, and in this case your best friend. The characters are well developed and you learn to love them especially because we can relate to their flaws (as well as strengths).


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