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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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    Cynthia L. Powers St. Clair Shores, MI USA 03-07-14
    Cynthia L. Powers St. Clair Shores, MI USA 03-07-14 Member Since 2008

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    "Good story. Wooden performance."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Usually, I am quickly involved in the tale Susan Mallery spins. However, with this particular audiobook it took me a while, The narrator was juvenile in her performance of this book and that detracted from my enjoyment. One of the few times I wish I had read the book instead of listened to it. Too bad. I hope the narrator for the next book in the series is better.


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    Gale Ann 03-25-13
    Gale Ann 03-25-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Narrator Ruins It"
    What disappointed you about Barefoot Season?

    I couldn't get into the book due the the poor quality narration. I think I could have done a better job! Guess I've gotten spoiled by Therese Plummer and Tanya Eby! I'm going to download the Kindle version.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I may try the second on in this series if I recognize the narrator and know I can trust her.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Monotone, no real differentiation between the female characters. Sounds bland and beige.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I couldn't finish it, so can't answer. Only made it a few chapters in before I threw in the towel.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Missy missouri city, TX, United States 05-08-12
    Missy missouri city, TX, United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Excited for new Mallery book...but just ok."

    I have enjoyed many of her books, this was just a little flat. Thought it would be extra fun having 2 love stories going on...but there just was not that much there to grab you...

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    karen barre, VT, United States 08-30-13
    karen barre, VT, United States 08-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "story was ok"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    not time well spent. I would like to read the book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Susan Mallery? Why or why not?

    I have all of Susan's books. I like them.


    What didn’t you like about Sarah Grace’s performance?

    I'm not sure if it was her voice or her reading of the story


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. J. Grider Central Valley, CA 03-19-13
    S. J. Grider Central Valley, CA 03-19-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Uncharacteristically vague for Susan Mallery"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm not sure that the narration is not to blame for this irritating book. I went back to check to make sure I was reading the first in the series. Details were doled out piecemeal to explain actions and comments were already completed. By chapter 6 I was seriously frustrated by how unnecessary the confusion, rudeness and lack of communication between the characters was. I have read almost all of Susan Mallery's books. This book is not the Susan Mallery I am used to. Part of this could have been the slow speed and the overly dramatic inflection of the narrator. Where was Therese Plummer, for example, when they chose the narrator? I will try the book in print, but I almost resented the time I spent listening to this.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Susan Mallery again?

    I really enjoy Susan Mallery's books. Most of them are light with just enough conflict to make the story keep flowing. I have listened to many of them more than once, just because they are entertaining, without requiring serious emotional involvement of the audience. I believe that such is the role of romantic comedies in our lives. Any book by Susan Mallery goes on my "must read" list. This one is the first exception to that personal policy.


    What didn’t you like about Sarah Grace’s performance?

    The pace was too slow. Increasing the speed of the narration on my iPhone just made it really choppy. At any speed the inflection that she used in an attempt, I assume, to stress the importance of somewhat mundane actions or comments, was distracting and eventually irritating. Every detail in a story is not of equal importance.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    With the right actors, I believe this book might have good movie potential. Part of the benefit would be that the details that were so sparingly doled out could be built into the scene rather than needing to be explained verbally.


    Any additional comments?

    I read many books in hard copy. I may give this one a try in that format.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Pensacola, FL, United States 10-30-12
    Amazon Customer Pensacola, FL, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A story of Best Friends"

    This was a wonderful “Chit Lit” about best friends and sisters. I am a fan of Susan Mallery and have enjoyed all of her many books. This was a bit different because it wasn’t really a romance. I felt like I was taking a trip getting to know the island and Michelle and Carly. I really didn’t want to like Michelle, but as I got to know the friends, it was impossible not to relate to both of them. Like many of Mallery’s characters, they are imperfect and full of flaws. The best part of the book was the comeuppance. (If only really life served up karma like that…)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    rebecca 06-19-12
    rebecca 06-19-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Believeable"
    What made the experience of listening to Barefoot Season the most enjoyable?

    For once a book that sounded real and did not have any for fetched things.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way Michelle and Carly interacted with each other, there was no hidden meanings always honesty.


    Which character – as performed by Sarah Grace – was your favorite?

    Carly while I loved Michelle too I could identfy more with Carly.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book on a spur of the moment chance.....did not really think that I would care for it at all but ended up loving this book. I normally read to escape the real world not deal with real world things but this book was refreshing at a time I needed to take my head out of the clouds.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dalia Kuwait, Kuwait 06-14-12
    Dalia Kuwait, Kuwait 06-14-12 Member Since 2010

    Audio-fiction ADDICT !

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    "It was O.K"

    This was my first book for Susan Mallery. It was an OK book. Sonething simple and sweet to pass time with. No element of excitement. Was a bit bland but not entirely boring. The community that the author created and their dynamics were the strength points of the book. I will get the next books in the series because of this.
    The narration needs improvement BIG TIME !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki Oberle 05-05-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Beach Read!"

    I was in a hurry to purchase something to keep my interest while I traveled, and I'm embarrassed to say, the cover (and author, as I love you previous work) caught my attention! But I'm glad, because this was a great story and performance! I couldn't shut it off and, unfortunately, didn't last as long as I'd hoped because of my constant listening! Mallery and Grace did not disappoint!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bobbie Charlotte, NC, United States 04-11-12
    Bobbie Charlotte, NC, United States 04-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Love Susan Mallery, not loving Sarah Grace"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I usually love anything that Susan Mallery writes and although I know this is a "Woman's Novel" as opposed to a Romance, I am intriqued by the plot. What I am truly having a hard time with is the narrator's voice. She sounds the same no matter which character is talking; sometimes she talks way too fast, and her voice sounds too young for the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Barefoot Season?

    Still reading this so not quite sure yet


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sarah Grace???s performances?

    NO


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    maybe


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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