Review: Barefoot Season by Susan Mallery

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Barefoot Season by Susan Mallery

4.5 Stars

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.

Book Info

Barefoot Season by Susan Mallery
Series: Blackberry Island #1
Published by Mira
Pub Date: March 27th 2012
Pages: 368
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: AdultContemporary
Buy the book! | Goodreads

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.

About Susan Mallery

With more than 25 million books sold worldwide, New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years. RT Book Reviews says, “When it comes to heartfelt contemporary romance, Mallery is in a class by herself.” With her popular, ongoing Fool’s Gold series, Susan has reached new heights on the bestsellers lists and has won the hearts of countless new fans.

Susan grew up in southern California, moved so many times that her friends stopped writing her address in pen, and now has settled in Seattle with her husband and the most delightfully spoiled little dog who ever lived. Visit Susan online at

Jess @ Gone with the Words

6 Responses to “Review: Barefoot Season by Susan Mallery”

  1. forloveandbooks

    I’m glad you enjoyed this – it’s next up on my list! I love Susan Mallery, but it’s tough for me to imagine her writing Women’s Fiction… But since you really loved it, I’m excited to give it a try!

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  2. Melissa Torres-Vasquez

    Love the cover.  Seems like the perfect summer beach read.  Great review!

  3. Melissa

    Fool’s Gold Series is my favorite series. Once I read Chasing Perfect, I was hooked. Each book since the first one has been great! I love series. I love how you learn more about each character. I am now reading All Summer Long & looking forward to the book coming out in September called A Fool’s Gold Christmas!!

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