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The Barefoot Summer Audiobook

The Barefoot Summer

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown returns with a heartbreakingly hilarious novel about three women who had nothing in common, except their husband.

Leaving one widow behind is unfortunate. Leaving three widows behind is just plain despicable. Oil heiress Kate Steele knew her not-so-dearly departed husband was a con man, but she's shocked that Conrad racked up two more wives without divorcing her first. The only remnant of their miserable marriage she plans to keep is their lakeside cabin in Bootleg, Texas. Unfortunately, she's not the only woman with that idea.

Fiery, strong-willed Jamie wishes Conrad were still alive - so she could kill the scoundrel herself. But for their daughter's sake, she needs that property. As does Amanda - twenty-eight, pregnant, and still weeping over the loss of her true love. On a broiling July day, all three arrive in Bootleg...with a dogged detective right behind who's convinced that at least one of them conspired to commit murder. One momentous summer filled with revelations, quirky neighbors, and barefoot evenings on the porch offers three women the chance to make the journey from enemies to friends, and claim a bright, new beginning.

©2017 Carolyn Brown. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Lauren hulin 05-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "So many complaints, HATE THE NARRATOR"

    First off this narrator sucks eggs, her latin accent sounded like a drunk Canadian, if she couldn't execute the accent properly she shouldn't have used it. Never again should this narrator be used for a story requiring a latin or hispanic accent. Also in other books she has narrated she mispronounces words over and over and over to the point her voice makes me cringe. Second, c'mon Carolyn you can do better than this pathetic story with the exact same story line as every other story I've read of hers. There is not a single character like not even the little girl. They all are really annoying and whiney. This book and narrator for the book have ruined Carolyn Brown's novels for me for a good while. So disappointed.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 01-14-17
    Anne 01-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Easy listening."

    Don't have to be fully engaged to follow the story line. Somewhat repetitive at times but perfect to do housework listening to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nessa 01-05-17
    Nessa 01-05-17 Member Since 2014
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    "great"

    Love this author and the narrator. Her books are funny and heartwarming. I would recommend this to everyone.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Too Happy 08-16-17
    Too Happy 08-16-17
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    "It was a great book until..."

    ...the entire thing fell apart over the dialogue of an increasingly hoaky kid. Demanding, unrestrained and whiny. It commandeered the whole story. This book jumped the shark in Chapter17 and I decided I wouldn't skip 30 seconds 1 more time. Too bad. it had such promise. All the yapping didn't get the story anywhere. It was unproductive, so it fast became annoying.

    Spoiler alert: sort of

    Too many unrealistic scenarios, including ideas of selling a big family held oil company, for the "love" of a complete stranger's child. After only a week or two. Everyone falling in love, new jobs miraculously appearing in a small town for outsiders and the perfect acceptance of church going folk. I'm from Texas, I go to church and I know better. Suspension of disbelief doesn't cover what you need for this section. The author was clipping along at a good pace until all this.

    Since I already know what happens I'll give this up. If the author has another book, I'll try it as long as invasive child dialogue isn't evident.

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    RCA 07-20-17
    RCA 07-20-17
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    "Sweet story-poor editing and narration"

    there are many editing mistakes. The voices are not always consistent with the character. This narrator was better in another of the authors books. I would only buy on sale.

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    Elizabeth Page Oswego, NY USA 07-11-17
    Elizabeth Page Oswego, NY USA 07-11-17 Member Since 2014
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    "nice light summer read"

    A little corny and pretty predictable, but a nice pleasant read for summer. Loved the characters. Good narration. I like this author.

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    "summer read"

    predictable, light reading: well performed. 3 stars overall. the murder plot needs more tension. beach book

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    Stephanie 11-06-17
    Stephanie 11-06-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Meh"

    It was a little saccharine. I feel like the author missed the mark in creating good conflict in a premise that should have been chock full of it. I was hoping for way more of... well anything other than a nice story about women who get back on their feet with relative ease.

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    Wendy412 10-31-17
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    "Nice mix of romance"

    I selected this book because of the detective story line. however the romance story line was the main focus. I wasn't disappointed. while everything always works out in romance novels this story kept me going.

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    Kathe S. 10-31-17
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    "Too much unnecessary dialog"

    The story could have been better. It began at a funeral of a man who had been murdered. We learn that he had three wives, and that was a great start, but there wasn't a lot of action. Perhaps it's because I usually read suspense, thrillers or murder mysteries, but I got bored with all the dialog that didn't contribute much to the story. I have read two other books by Carolyn Brown (The Ladies' Room and The Lilac Bouquet), and I liked both of them better than I liked this one.

    The narration, on the other hand, was very good. I preferred Donna Postel to Brittany Pressley (The Lilac Bouquet). Donna Postel sounded more like a native southerner and it was easy to forget that a person was performing all the voices.

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    "Amazing"

    I'm bereft now that barefoot summer has past and I will no longer spend time with these vivid characters through their deepest sorrows and journey to find themselves. Spectacular story coupled with a perfect performance. Will have to read again right now!

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