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.
For once a book that sounded real and did not have any for fetched things.
The way Michelle and Carly interacted with each other, there was no hidden meanings always honesty.
Carly while I loved Michelle too I could identfy more with Carly.
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.
Audio-fiction ADDICT !
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 !
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...
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!
Listening to books is the best. I love almost all genres, but romance is my favorite, and rom-com is my preference 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.
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.
not time well spent. I would like to read the book.
I have all of Susan's books. I like them.
I'm not sure if it was her voice or her reading of the story
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.
I may try the second on in this series if I recognize the narrator and know I can trust her.
Monotone, no real differentiation between the female characters. Sounds bland and beige.
I couldn't finish it, so can't answer. Only made it a few chapters in before I threw in the towel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I read many books in hard copy. I may give this one a try in that format.
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…)
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