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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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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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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 11-19-18

I purchased The Barefoot Summer by mistake!

THE BAREFOOT SUMMER is chick lit. It is thoroughly silly. It is also interesting and fun. The plot: a man is murdered and three women at his funeral claim he was her husband. He married the first who is wealthy 14 years ago on December 31. He married the second who has a six year old daughter seven years on December 31. He married the third who is pregnant last year on December 31. There had been no divorces. All three are suspected of killing him. Then the fun begins! Narration by Donna Postel is excellent.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

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great

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

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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.

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Good Read...

This book was a fast read in that the storyline and events moved along quickly. Three women from different backgrounds financially and socially being conned was funny and predictable. The ending could have gone in a different direction but all in all, this was a good book.

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surprisingly good

I wasn't sure if I was going to like this story. I took a chance. I am glad I did. I enjoyed this story it held my attention. Would read it again.

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I'm reminded that we get what we pay for!

this was a Kindle daily deal, 99¢, and worth about that. unimaginative and predictable. If the HEA is what you love about romantic fiction, this could be the book for you. double thumbs down.

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Tale of Three Women

Most unusual romance/mystery of Three very different women and the polygamist who brought them together. Really enjoyed the story, characters, and Audible narration!

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  • Mrs. H. L. Rider
  • 03-11-17

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!