Series: Blackberry Island #1
Published by Mira
Pub Date: March 27th 2012
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
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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.
When I was first approached to review this book, I turned it down. I didn’t think “Women’s Fiction” would be for me. I love Susan Mallery, but I just didn’t think I’d enjoy the genre. After thinking about it some more, I decided to give the genre a try after all. And if I was going to try, it would have to be this book, because I love Susan.
So I am here to tell you today that I am so absolutely happy I gave it a chance. Susan Mallery creates characters I love time and time again. Why did I ever doubt you, Susan?
Barefoot Season is a story about friendships and hardships, about letting go and moving forward. It’s about overcoming obstacles that seem unimaginable. And guess what? It even had some romance in it after all. :) It turned out to be more contemporary romance than I expected, which I was kind of really happy about.
I could see a lot of myself in Carly and Michelle, so it was easy to relate to them. I loved how funny and sassy Carly was, and how quick her retorts were anytime Michelle insulted her. I empathized with Michelle’s cynicism and was happy to see her get past so much of it and go back to living a happy life. Both Carly and Michelle carried so much guilt over things that weren’t their fault, all I really wanted to do was hug them and make them be friends again.
Susan Mallery always gives us the most realistic, yet sexy, guys. I could just picture Sam in his Sheriff’s uniform, and oh, man…that was a HOT image! And Jared! So intense and caring, yet laid-back. They were definitely the perfect match for Carly and Michelle.
And as with Fool’s Gold, Susan Mallery creates a picturesque place in Blackberry Island. I want to vacation there and stay at the Inn and eat everything with blackberries!
Barefoot Season touched my heart so completely. Once started, I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to see what else Susan Mallery has in store for us in Blackberry Island.