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It's summer on Nantucket, and as the season begins, three women arrive at the local airport, observed by Josh, a local boy, home from college. Burdened with small children, unwieldy straw hats, and some obvious emotional issues, the women - two sisters and one friend - make their way to the sisters' tiny cottage, inherited from an aunt.

They're all trying to escape from something: Melanie, after seven failed in-vitro attempts, discovered her husband's infidelity and then her own pregnancy; Brenda embarked on a passionate affair with an older student that got her fired from her prestigious job as a professor in New York; and her sister Vickie, mother to two small boys, has been diagnosed with cancer. Soon Josh is part of the chaotic household, acting as babysitter, confidant, and, eventually, something more, while the women confront their pasts and map out their futures.

©2007 Elin Hilderbrand (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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Another page turner by Elin Hildebrand!

This is another page turner by Elin Hildebrand. The characters were written with sensitivity and depth. This book is a great book any time of the year. It is not just a summer read.

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OMG...spoiler alert:

I am cancer free as of now(about two and a half years after diagnosis) and this book really hit me hard. I would buy it again despite the knowledge I have after reading it.

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<br />must read<br />

very much loved the book, it flowed like water .
could not stop listening when I would come home from work I would sit in my vehicle and listen, on my way to work I would sit in the parking lot and listen . I was addicted ,very good book






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great summer read

lighthearted, characters you can grab on to, great reader. a book you want for the beach!

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A fun AND thoughtful novel

sweet but with a dose of heavy. a quick listen. enjoyable. love hearing about nantucket

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a lot of drama

there are a lot of relationships in this story and the author goes deep into it. in a good way. I enjoy the depth of the character stories but the story itself wasn't riveting. it was a bit predictable.

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Not my favorite Hildebrand book.

I love her books but this one needed better character development. Not her best book.

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  • Brooke
  • Conway, SC, United States
  • 09-28-15

Not my Favorite by Hilderbrand.

Would you try another book from Elin Hilderbrand and/or Rachael Warren?

Yes, Elin Hilderbrand is one of my favorite authors.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The personal stories of the 3 girls and Josh.

Which character – as performed by Rachael Warren – was your favorite?

Thought she did a good job with the Aussie John Walsh.

Could you see Barefoot being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes, not sure about which stars!

Any additional comments?

Story was a bit somber for me. And a bit long-winded. I can see how someone battling cancer would really relate to and love this story. I love Hilderbrand, but this novel has been my least favorite so far.

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Exceeded my expectations!!

Would you listen to Barefoot again? Why?

Yes, it was a true to life story with a beautiful location Nantucket. I think I could definitely live there. There were many plots to this story. How Josh a young boy who babysat Vickie's children and his interaction with the boys, the sisters and friend was excellent. Basically I would reread Elin's books because of the reality of real life in each of her books and the way her character's interact making it feel quite real. When I can climb into a story and be a part of each character definitely the author is top notch! I never read Elin Hilderbrand prior to audio and now have 7/8's of her books.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the way each person's problem was handled. It could be well used on the outside world.

Which scene was your favorite?

Vicki at the end how she described herself and her illness. All the scenes with Josh added knowledge and emotion; again finding it difficult to choose one favorite.

Who was the most memorable character of Barefoot and why?

Josh and the way he interacted with everyone and how each situation made him grow from the death of his own Mother.

Any additional comments?

It was a well rounded storyline. I feel I repeat this with all of Elin's books but she accomplishes this well in her writing. It always feels real. The characters become part of me which gives an enjoyable read. Elin is definitely a superb author!

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  • Terry
  • Waynesville, NC, United States
  • 12-23-13

What happened to Josh?

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I have enjoyed so many of Elin Hilderbrand's books and was looking forward to this one. It was initially easy to get wrapped up in the characters: Vicky and her cancer, Brenda and her legal troubles, Melanie and her husband's infidelity. But as the story went on, I got tired of Vicky's inability to connect with her husband, Melanie's use of Josh, and Brenda's gagging whining (albeit to herself) about the troubles that she had brought on herself. She was certainly my least favorite character. I really thought Walsh deserved better. But the thing that disturbed me the most was the ending. We are brought up to date about Vicky, Brenda, and Melanie, but what happened to Josh - the most important character in the book? That's what I really want to know.