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Barefoot Season (Blackberry Island Book 1) by [Mallery, Susan]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 833 KB
  • Print Length: 363 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (March 27, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 27, 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006YAB806
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,300 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Tooncesmom VINE 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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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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Format: Kindle Edition
Oh man where to begin...

Cons:
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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