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Barefoot in the Sand (Barefoot Bay Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Roxanne St. Claire
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When all you hold dear is taken away . . .

When a hurricane roars through Lacey Armstrong's home on the coast of Barefoot Bay, she decides all that remains in the rubble is opportunity. A new hotel is just what Mimosa Key needs, and Lacey and her teenage daughter are due for a fresh start. And nothing, especially not a hot, younger architect, is going to distract Lacey from finally making her dreams a reality.

A second chance is the only thing you have left.

Love has already cost Clay Walker everything. And if he's going to have any chance of picking up the pieces of his life, he needs the job as Lacey Armstrong's architect. What's not in the plans is falling for the headstrong beauty. Her vision of the future is more appealing than anything he could have ever drafted for himself. Will Clay's designs on Lacey's heart be more than she can handle, or will she trust him to build something that will last forever?



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"Pack this one in your beach bag and get ready for nonstop fun." ---Susan Mallery

About the Author

First published in 2003, Roxanne St. Claire is a RITA® Award-winning author of thirty novels, including her bestselling Bullet Catchers and Guardian Angelinos series. Her critically acclaimed books have been published in numerous languages and recognized with multiple awards including the National Readers' Choice Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and the HOLT Medallion, all for best romantic suspense. She currently lives on the east coast of Florida with her husband and two teenagers.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1052 KB
  • Print Length: 421 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1455508217
  • Publisher: Forever (April 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006QBKH2S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,794 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've read all year! April 24, 2012
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Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As a single mother, Lacey Armstrong's priority has always been her daughter, and she's always put Ashley's sake and before everything, even herself. When they have everything swept away by a hurricane, she sees it as an opportunity for reinventing her life and herself, and to finally tend to her long life dream of owning a cozy bed and breakfast in the little beach coast town of Mimosa Key. It was just what she needed, a whole new beginning, with nothing to lose, and no excuses to make.

But, as everything else is taken from her, the winds bring young architect Clay Walker right in, and he, who believes her land is a great spot for a resort, suggests they work on a project together, that soon takes bigger proportions than she could ever have imagined. Much bigger. And much more personal.

Because the attraction between them is real and inevitable and it doesn't take long before they realize that working together is turning into so much more.

Lacey strikes me as a real and strong heroine, with who's going through a process of painful, but wonderful, growth and self-discovery, and works to find balance between being a woman and a mother. Who, for the first time in her life, is fighting to make her dreams come true. And I thought it was amazing how much she changed and grew in the book.

And, Clay, who's a young hero, showed incredible depth and maturity. He needed to overcome a few self-build barriers (well, he *is* an architect) of his own to be with Lacey and have his happily ever after. But as he works through his issues, he's charming, funny, boyish and it's impossible not to fall in love with him.

What I really, really loved about this book, too, was that Lacey's best friends came to the rescue when there was trouble.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just another beach read May 1, 2012
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I've been a fan of Roxanne St. Claire for a long time. Her romantic suspense novels are among the best in the genre. So it was no big risk to pick up Barefoot in the Sand and see if she was just as talented writing contemporary romance. And she is! I don't like to write reviews that are essentially synopses of the book, so if that is what you're looking for, check out the other reviews of this title.
I want to assure you that this is a delightful read, populated with well-drawn, believable characters, easy to love(or hate!), and compelling enough to have you rooting for them to succeed. The plot engages you from the very first page, and while not as complex as some of Ms. St. Claire's suspense titles, there are enough twists and turns to keep you turning pages well into the night. Despite the fact that I had an early start at work the following day, I couldn't put the book down until I finished it at 1:15 a. m.
Lacey's journey from post-hurricane total destruction to the realization of her dream is one filled with self-discovery and perseverance - and a new-found confidence in herself that her accidental architect, Clay is instrumental in supporting. While her teen-aged daughter bemoans the loss of all her 'stuff', Lacey knows, and tries to show her, that it's the people who are important. Meanwhile her three best friends provided some nudges of their own and made me wish the next installment in this series would be out next week.
Nice to know Roxanne St. Claire can write a fast-paced, yet very charming tale that doesn't require security specialists or dead bodies to keep you turning the pages.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is love the one thing that can never be taken away? April 24, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lacey Armstrong has spent her life chasing dreams that seemed so close yet like the horizon so far away. She was running a small but successful baking business until a hurricane came and took everything she owned away. Lacey is grateful that she and her daughter survived to build another day, but now the question looms what is she going to build and where?

A dream does answer her call in the form of Clay who is offering to help her build an expanded version of her original idea and he is offering his architectural services free. What on paper appears to be too good to be true, especially since he will not sign any papers probably is. Lots of questions and unanswered details about his past have red flags going up but Lacey is taking them all down and choosing to trust her opinion about Clay. Getting involved with your architect is bad business yet Lacey has had enough second-guessing it is time to storm the castle and let the bricks fall where they may.

As Lacey and Clay move forward with her resort plans, maneuver around the obstacle of small-minded citizens allot of ghosts show up in both of their lives. You can move to the left or right of your past but for some reason it always finds you. Lacey and Clay are both challenged with deciding how to deal with the latest disaster and what the future holds for them together. Neither is running away from the challenge of a relationship but they are also not embracing it without an internal emotional fight to the bitter conclusion.

Roxanne St. Claire is a prolific writer who tells a story so well she has you falling in love with the characters from page one. It is difficult to lay the groundwork for a new series yet somehow Ms. St. Claire has a gift of doing just that and making you want for the next book, right now.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like it a lot! Haven't gotten through it yet.
Published 3 days ago by Patricia Mosier
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Series, Great Writer!
I really enjoyed this entire series! The friendships between the four main characters sucked me in and kept me wanting to read more as each new book came out. Read more
Published 5 months ago by SuzanneR
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick shipping cant wait to read it! Thank you ...
Quick shipping cant wait to read it! Thank you!
Published 6 months ago by LOri Nash
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! One can read each in the series ...
Great book! One can read each in the series as a stand alone, but if one reads them in order it seems like one long read with a couple of intermissions.
Published 8 months ago by Dr. Robert Massey
5.0 out of 5 stars The entire series is great
The entire series is great reading
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great summer read
A great summer read. You can get lost in the setting of Barefoot Bay and picture yourself on the sandy beach.
Published 9 months ago by Debbie Huey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
First in this series and loved it. Couldn't put it down. Am on second book in this series and after reading this series can't wait until next books by Roxanne St Clair. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Debbie Willis
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
What a fabulous read! I love the strength and determination of the heroine Lacey and Clay just makes you smile. Perfect story and one you shouldn't miss.
Published 13 months ago by Bette Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Barefoot in the Sand
I loved the book, the characters and the plot fit the town and you could image your self in the small town and visiitng some time.
Published 15 months ago by E. Yamani
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I found this to be an enjoyable escape from the winter weather. A sweet, small town romance with great characters, I enjoyed watching the romance develop and grow at a leisurely... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mary
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More About the Author

ROXANNE ST. CLAIRE is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of more than thirty novels of romance and suspense. She is the author of the Barefoot Bay contemporary series as well as two very popular suspense series, the Bullet Catchers and the Guardian Angelinos.

A six-time nominee and one-time winner of the prestigious RITA Award for the best in romantic fiction, Roxanne's books have also been awarded the National Readers Choice Award for best romantic suspense three times, as well as the Daphne du Maurier award, the Booksellers Best Award, the Award of Excellence, the Maggie, the Holt Medallion and many more. Roxanne's books have been published in dozens of countries and are routinely featured as selections in the Doubleday and Rhapsody book clubs.

Free reads, excerpts, character profiles, author news and contests can be found on her web site: www.roxannestclaire.com. You can follow her at www.facebook.com/roxannestclaire and www.twitter.com/@roxannestclaire,or email her via her web site. Roxanne lives in Florida with her husband, two children and loves to hear from readers all over the world!

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