Added by 43 of our members. 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.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Barefoot Season by Susan Mallery. A young army vet, Michelle returns to the quaint Blackberry Island Inn to claim her inheritance and recover from the perils of war.
Carly Williams and Michelle were once inseparable, until a shocking betrayal destroyed their friendship. 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. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Blackberry Island 1. Michelle Sanderson , Carly Williams. Washington state United States. Other Editions Friend Reviews.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Barefoot Season , please sign up. I just downloaded it to my kindle Robin I loved this book. The relationship between the two main characters and how it changed and grew.
The whole storyline was very well written. See 1 question about Barefoot Season…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Barefoot Season Blackberry Island, 1. Jul 30, Terry rated it liked it. Looking for a beach read which the cover suggests. Well, you have all heard that you should never judge a book by its cover, and that remains true. I vacillated between a 3 or 4 star rating.
Actually three and a half is what I would like to have rated it. I enjoyed this book The setting is charming and I would love to stay at this inn. The story is abou Looking for a beach read which the cover suggests. The story is about the complexities of deep friendship. It is about betrayal, forgiveness and healing. At the ripe old age of 69, I see the betrayal as a folly of youth, stupidity, and immaturity.
Therefore, it is forgiveable 10 years later when both women have matured and gone through life's hardships. One is a single mother, the other a vet with both physical and mental wounds. Both were strong women. I do like books about women's relationships with other women. I can totally relate to these friendships.
Jan 01, Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it Shelves: romance , steamy , chick-lit. This was another gamble from our anniversary bookstore spree, though I've read enough Susan Mallery before to know that this was pretty likely to play out well. And I wasn't wrong. I really enjoyed the characters and seeing them come together, clash, rebound, and help and sometimes hurt each other. It's an excellent story of love and found-family and trust and forgiveness.
Which is needed because Michelle and Carly had hurt each other dreadfully when young. I was worried it'd be a one-sided st This was another gamble from our anniversary bookstore spree, though I've read enough Susan Mallery before to know that this was pretty likely to play out well.
I was worried it'd be a one-sided story given how thoroughly Michelle betrayed Carly in their past and was prepared for a long slog of groveling from Michelle. Fortunately, Mallery is a good-enough writer to make it compellingly complex and still very believable of people who were flawed, it's true, but not maliciously so. Anyway, the setting and characters really made this work, but the story is complex enough that I'm going to leave it at that. There were a couple places where I thought the drama was a bit exaggerated and strained credulity view spoiler [Carly with her daughter falling into the water on a crowded dock was in zero danger and her overreaction was marked and Michelle's refusal to seek help for her PTSD was just stupid and made no sense whatsoever because it wasn't like she needed to prove anything and literally everybody could see how close she was to breaking and told her so in loving and supportive ways hide spoiler ].
The exaggerated drama dropped this to four stars, so they weren't a small quibble for me. I suspect others may be just fine with how it works out, though, because so much of the rest held together remarkably well. I particularly liked the conclusion and how the scenes with their respective parents went. That could easily have descended into maudlin preaching and negated much of the strength of the story but Mallery navigated those troubled interactions very well, I think.
And the conclusion was delightful. A note about Romance : This isn't really a romance story. Oh, there are romance storylines, but they are very much a background consideration. Indeed, the story ends before any of the included romance arcs really complete. Don't get me wrong, they're on solid ground and I expect they'll continue strong. But they aren't completed , if you know what I mean A note about Steamy : There are two explicit sex scenes, view spoiler [pretty much one each for our main protagonists hide spoiler ].
They weren't long, so this was the low-middle or high-low of my steam tolerance. They worked very well, I think, and did a great job of enhancing the story in the ways they needed to.
Feb 11, Susan rated it it was amazing Shelves: kindle-ebooks. As a true Mallery fan I pick up the newest book the day it comes out and it is usually done before I can let myself sleep, I know she is a great writer of romance, but this is not a romance and I was prepared to be disappointed Did Mallery prove me wrong once again as she proves that she can write so much more than romance and not let her readers down. This is a truly moving and poignant novel that will make new Mallery fans out of many new readers.
Both Michelle and Carly are superb As a true Mallery fan I pick up the newest book the day it comes out and it is usually done before I can let myself sleep, I know she is a great writer of romance, but this is not a romance and I was prepared to be disappointed Both Michelle and Carly are superbly written characters that will leaving you feeling torn about who to side with.
Michelle is an army vet returning home to Blackberry Island after ten years, wounded both inside and out. She returns to take over her family's small Bed and Breakfast, a place that has been run while Michelle is away by her ex-best friend Carly. Carly is a single mother, the one who was left behind when Michelle ran away, to clean up and carry on. When fate and the bank insist that the two must work together to run the Inn these two will have to try to overcome old hurts, heal old wounds, try not to cause new ones and see how far they can push the other until it all comes crashing down.
Now this is still a Susan Mallery novel so you have a dash of romance thrown in here and there but it is not your average boy girl story and it is almost better with more choices and not knowing who will end up together in the end But for who? A must read.
View 1 comment. May 21, Myrna rated it it was amazing. Ah yes, I found a great beach read! This one had the right amount of romance and drama to keep me reading. Great characters and ending too.
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Barefoot Season: A Blackberry Island Novel
Barefoot Season (Blackberry Island, Book 1)
Her father abandoned the family when she was a teenager, but left his historic inn in trust to her. Her mother was running it until she died, and now Michelle is back to reclaim her inheritance. Only it seems that her mother may have not so much been running the inn as running it into the ground. The plot is complex, which I think is evident from my plot summary.
A young army vet, Michelle returns to the quaint Blackberry Island Inn to claim her inheritance and recover from the perils of war. Carly Williams and Michelle were once inseparable, until a shocking betrayal destroyed their friendship. 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.