Book Review: Barefoot Season (Blackberry Island #1) by Susan Mallery

Posted July 25, 2012 by Melissa in Book Review | 4 Comments

Title: Barefoot Season
Series:  Blackberry Island #1

Author:  Susan Mallery
Reading level:  Adult
Genre:  Contemporary Fiction/Chick Lit
Size: 368 pages
Release Date: March 27th 2012
Publisher: Mira/Harlequin
Source: NetGalley
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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.


Carly Williams and Michelle were once inseparable, until a shocking betrayal destroyed their friendship. And now Carly is implicated in the financial disaster lurking behind the inn’s cheerful veneer.


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. It’ll take more than a successful season to move beyond their devastating past, but with a little luck and a beautiful summer, they may just rediscover the friendship of a lifetime.

A great summer read, Barefoot Season, by Susan Mallery opens with Michelle returning  home from rehab after being injured in the war and finding that fitting back in is not as easy as one would hope.  Especially when one suffers from PTSD.  She struggles to overcome financial issues as well as interpersonal ones while trying to find peace with her past and a path toward her future.
The setting for this novel, a quaint inn on an island suited the story and my personal tastes wonderfully.  All of the characters were exceptionally well developed and their mini story lines played out perfectly along side the main plot line.  The pacing of the novel was perfect and I breezed through it very enjoyably in a matter of days.  By the conclusion Michelle and we learn that home is not so much a  place but is more the people with which you surround yourself.
Recommended as an enjoyable easy yet fulfilling summer read for all lovers of contemporary women’s fiction, chick lit, or  contemporary romance.

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4 responses to “Book Review: Barefoot Season (Blackberry Island #1) by Susan Mallery

  1. PTSD is becoming a more popular subject that authors are writing about and I think it’s good since so many suffer from it. I have to say that the setting is what most makes me want to read this one though. It sounds lovely!

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