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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 43 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: March 27, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007P06YXU
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Barefoot Season: A Blackberry Island Novel, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Susan Mallery has written a beautiful story of life and looking forward. Easy to follow storyline. Believable characters, with distinct personalities. Entertaining and informative dialogue.
Michelle, a medically retired vet returns home to find out her inn is deeply in debt.
Carly, single mother of Gabby, works at the inn believing she was buying into it.
They both struggle through a friendship broken by both families and loving the same man.
“You can. You don’t want to. There’s a difference.”
"I’m going to kill you.”
Mango patted her shoulder. “If I had a nickel for every time someone threatened me, I’d be a rich man. Five more, Michelle. Don’t make me use my physical-therapist voice. You won’t like it.”
“People have trouble admitting when they act for purely selfish reasons. Telling the truth about something like that forces them to redefine their sense of self. So they make up a story. We all do it. Tell stories to explain the unexplainable. To get by. Sometimes the stories even help us survive that which would otherwise destroy us.”
“I don’t want to let him back in my life,” she murmured. “I want him to go away. Is that bad?”
Pauline touched her arm. “The idea that we have to unconditionally love our parents, no matter what they do to us, is a crock of sh@@." She grinned. “So to speak.”
I will re-read this story and always look forward to works by this author.
Among all this angst is a story of true friendship, how it is expressed, and how it helps both Michelle and Carly work through what separated them in the first place in the midst of the current events that plague each of them. An added bonus is the emergence of possible love for both Michelle and Carly, unexpected and unsought but potentially enhancing of their respective lives as they work to make the hotel solvent. A worthwhile read.
Michelle Sanderson is a young vet returning home from her tour of duty broken in mind, spirit and body. She returns to Blackberry Island and the Inn she owns, hoping to get her life back on track, but when she limps through the doors and comes face to face with Carly, her oldest friend and now worst enemy, she reacts strongly and instantly fires her. Luckily for Michelle, Carly ignores her, hoping that enough time has passed that they can work out all the hurts from the past. After Michelle goes through the books and has an appt at the bank, she realizes that if she wants to keep the Inn, she needs Carly and her experience since she has been running the Inn for the last ten years. So Michelle grits her teeth, climbs into bed with her Vodka bottle and tries to get on with her life... and that means getting along with Carly and her young daughter.
As people come and go out of the Inn, Carly and Michelle struggle to find their footing with one another which includes their desperate determination to keep the Inn going while wading through all the hurts of the past, plus trying to understand Michelle's PTSD which shadows every move she makes. Michelle fights for her sanity while trying to decide who she can and cannot trust and she's in for some surprises.
Three Sisters is the next addition to the Blackberry Island series and has just been released. I am looking forward to the experience and if it's anything like Barefoot Season, I won't be disappointed!
*FYI - I ordered this book from Amazon and it arrived with roughly 30 pages missing and one chapter printed twice. I immediately called Amazon and they were very helpful and apologetic and ordered me a new copy, 2nd day express shipping at no charge, so don't hesitate to contact customer service if your product is defective in any way.