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Barefoot Season (Blackberry Island Book 1) Kindle Edition

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"Gritty and magical, angst-ridden and sweet, this coming-home story by bestseller Mallery (Only His) pulls no punches... Mallery adds layer upon layer to the women's history, while revealing the raw core of each with expert pacing guaranteed to keep a reader up way past bedtime..." - Publishers Weekly on Barefoot Season

"This poignant tale of family dynamics, the jarring impact of change, and eventual acceptance and healing is sure to please Mallery's many, devoted fans."

-Booklist on Already Home

"Mallery's prose is luscious and provocative."

-Publishers Weekly

"Susan Mallery's gift for writing humor and tenderness make all her books true gems."

-RT Book Reviews

"Romance novels don't get much better than Mallery's expert blend of emotional nuance, humor and superb storytelling."


"Mallery sets up some very tough choices for her heroine, making this book compelling and intense."

-RT Book Reviews on Finding Perfect

"Warm, funny, and sexy, this lighthearted yet touching page-turner is a satisfying, rewarding read and the ‘ perfect' beginning for Mallery's Fool's Gold series."

-Library Journal on Chasing Perfect

"As demonstrated in this compelling story, family doesn't have to share blood, just emotions. Filled with emotional drama, devastating treachery and the power of love, this finale will delight fans."

- RT Book Reviews on Hot on Her Heels

"One of the Top 10 Romance Novels of 2009!"

-Booklist on Straight from the Hip

"[A]n emotional story with a beautiful happy ending! Another must-read by Susan Mallery."

-Good Choice Reading on Almost Perfect

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for emotionally complex stories told with charm and wit. Susan has lived all over the United States, including a childhood in the suburbs of Los Angeles, graduate school in the hills of Pennsylvania and several years in Texas. These days, she makes her home in Seattle, Washington. She's there for the coffee, not the weather.

Product Details

  • File Size: 833 KB
  • Print Length: 363 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (March 27, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 27, 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006YAB806
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,755 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of books about the relationships that define women's lives--romance, friendship, family. With compassion and humor, Susan keenly observes how people think and feel, in stories that take readers on an emotional journey. Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, Susan's books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list, thanks to her ever growing legions of fans.

Critics, too, have heaped praise on "the new queen of romantic fiction." (Walmart) Booklist says, "Romance novels don't get much better than Mallery's expert blend of emotional nuance, humor, and superb storytelling," and RT Book Reviews puts her "in a class by herself!"

Although Susan majored in Accounting, she never worked as an accountant because she was published straight out of college with two books the same month, January of 1992. Sixteen prolific years and seventy-four books later, she hit the New York Times bestsellers list for the first time with Accidentally Yours in 2008. She made many appearances in the Top 10 before (finally) hitting #1 in 2015 with Thrill Me, the twentieth book in her most popular series, the Fool's Gold romances, and the fourth of five books released that year.

Susan lives in Seattle with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a tattletale toy poodle. Her heart for animals has led Susan to become an active supporter of the Seattle Humane Society. Animals play a big role in her books, as well, as she believes they're an integral component to a happy life. Visit Susan online at

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Tooncesmom TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
Michelle Sanderson has come home after a ten-year absence to inherit the inn left to her by her father. An army veteran, she's been horribly injured and treated in a veterans hospital. But not all the wounds are on the outside.

Ten years ago she fled her Blackberry Island home after a youthful betrayal, and promptly enlisted in the army where she re-upped twice. Now, after being shot and going through a slow and painful recovery from a partial hip replacement, she's returned to the inn she called home. Her arrival brings another set of problems: she now must confront the woman who was once her best friend, and whom she thinks she hates, and she must deal with post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).

Carly Williams, once Michelle's inseparable friend, has weathered a barrage of lies about an unsavory past. She has worked at the inn for nearly ten years. A single mother to a charming nine-year-old daughter, Carly has struggled to provide normalcy for the girl as well as run the inn under the inept management of Michelle's mother who has recently died.

Their first meeting goes badly, and things deteriorate from there. Michelle finds Carly and her daughter occupy the owner's suite, once Michelle's residence. Furthermore, the inn has been remodeled in what Michelle fells is a garish display of kitsch. Michelle's long-time friend, Damaris has few good things to say about Carly, even though the inn's other staff members and their customers love her.

When Michelle discovers the inn is on the verge of foreclosure, she digs into the records and learns of her mother's woeful mismanagement. She immediately set out to keep the inn afloat and she has to rely on Carly for help.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By B. Ferris VINE VOICE on March 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
What a great book! Ms Mallery has written a wonderful "friendship" book. I want to say I cried for both bad times and the good times too! Great book when you can feel all the emotions while reading it.

Michelle's family owned Barefoot Island Inn and she loved it! She left at 18 to join the army and now 10 years later she's back to run the place. Michelle was wounded both physically and emotionally but was going home.

Her one time best friend, Carly, was living and working at the Inn. She had worked with Michelle's Mom while Michelle was gone but now she was back and Carly knew she was going to have to leave but she didn't have anywhere to go and with her daughter life was going to be tough if they left.

Michelle and Carly have so much to work out between them after the true dirty dealing of their parents. Can they learn to forget what these last few years had been like? Can Michelle overcome her pain from the army? Can these two learn to live the good life as friends? They had been for many years.

I enjoyed watching these 2 circle each other and find that no one else would be at their back and side. Wonderful characters and Carly's Gabby, 10 year old daughter, is another cute but fun child. Ms Mallery has given us some great characters to cheer on in life and they do need it!

Don't want to give away any of the book--it's so good! I couldn't put it down and sure I'll be reading it again before long. It's a keeper and will be on that shelf.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By SilverMIssy on December 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Oh man where to begin...

For starters I'd like to say the book started off very slow, I mean slow. Like, it didn't pick up until half way through the book and even then it was still pretty darn boring. I don't mind light, easy, reads but that as just painful! I found myself wondering what the point was all throughout the book.

The author tried to keep the reader engaged and in suspense by creating missing bits in the story; however, when you discover these missing bits it doesn't clear everything up for you in a `aha!' moment. In fact, it made me want to go back and read the beginning again because I felt I missed so much of the plot line due to being so confused with it.

I hated the writing style and structure of the author. Seriously, it drove me insane.

1. Things like this bother me personally: "Sure. Let's go in here." The "here" was a small conference room set aside for business guests.... Really? Did she have to say word the sentence like that?
2. The conflict was really immature. Most of the conflict between the two main characters and other characters in the book was from high school. I mean the banker hates Carly just because she thinks she's a slut and then tried to sabotage the Inn... THAT'S NOT EVEN Carly's... really? Are people on this Island that petty and bored with life?
3. The author really makes the reader feel stupid by stating the obvious connection we already make. I felt the author thought I was too stupid to make these connection on my own because she ALWAYS stated them when they didn't need to be stated.

For example: In this scene they're talking about the same person and Carly's confrontation with her yet the author still makes that connection for the reader for BOTH....
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