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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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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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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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  • Jane
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 02-01-16

Very good.

THE SERIES:
This is book 1 in the Blackberry Island Trilogy. Each book can be read as a stand alone. This author has written many romances which are primarily about relationships between men and women. For a change in this series she is writing about relationships between women as friends or sister-like. And I like the change. And I like that at the end of each book, the main female character also has a happy romantic ending with a guy. The main stories are about women, their friends, and choices in life, but secondary stories include their romantic life.

THIS BOOK:
Two women are trying to save a small tourist town inn from bankruptcy. They were friends in high school but not currently. Traumas, crises, and disappointments in life caused problems for them and their relationship. During the story we hear about things from the past.

Michelle is a b***ch. I did not like her or things she did during the first half of the book. But I viewed it as every story needs a bad guy and she was it. Then Michelle changed. I liked what happened with her in the last part of the book.

I loved reading about Carly. She had the most wonderful attitude and wonderful work ethic and was a good mother. Such a joy to read about. I loved the way she responded to various problems with the inn.

And just for fun, I am glad the author added a little romance for both Carly and Michelle toward the end. It did not feel thrown in. It was nicely developed. But I can’t call this a romance because the romantic relationships were not the main focus of the story. But they gave me a warm comfy feeling at the end.

AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
At first I was hesitant about the narrator Sarah Grace. I felt like she was reading a textbook, not thinking about what she was reading. But I didn’t notice that later on. She did various voices well. I would be happy to listen to her again.

CAUTION SPOILER:
The bank loan officer apparently did some unethical things. At the end the author tells us laws or regulations were violated and there were personnel changes at the bank. I was confused. I wanted more details. Did Ellen lose her job? What exactly did she violate? The author did not explain - that frustrated me.
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Narrative mode: 3rd person.
Genre: womens fiction with romance.

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