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Vicki Stowe is ernstig ziek. Er staat haar een zware, maandenlange behandeling te wachten. Ze besluit de zomer in het vakantiehuisje van haar familie op Nantucket Island door te brengen. Daar hoopt ze, samen met haar twee jonge zoons, haar beste vriendin Melanie en haar zus Brenda, rust en troost te vinden. Een buitengewoon warme en ontroerende vrouwenroman over vriendscha...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 9th 2008 by The House of Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Kelly Ballard
Don’t do it. I bought this book after returning from the beach in Martha’s Vineyard this past summer. I thought it was about girlfriends at the beach…What I didn’t know was that none of the female characters were likable. I think this is an important hook for any book – likable characters…instead we are presented with the worst of feminine traits – martyr, hysteria, anxiety, selfish…Ughh.

Honestly I couldn’t get over the beginning when they head to the beach and all hell breaks lose – a child go...more
Carrie Runnals
BAREFOOT ~ A beach house, two sisters, and a girlfriend...Sounds heavenly--relaxing, even with a couple kids in tow…

Now, I can handle a bit of vomit and lost luggage, but Hilderbrand mercilessly tugs at all of my feminine heartstrings; marriage, motherhood, sisterhood, and friendship…oh, and that pesky fear-of-death thing.

Meet the Girls:

Melanie deals with infertility overshadowed by infidelity, and then further complicated with pregnancy — “POW!”
Brenda’s promising academic career hangs in jeopa...more
Myra
Mar 18, 2010 Myra rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone looking for good summer reading
Shelves: adult-lit-2009
I'd like to begin by stating that once I started this book, I truly did not want to put it down. The lives of Brenda, Vicki, Melanie, and Josh are so captivating and genuine, making it hard not to become invested. The setting is summer on Nantucket, and Hilderbrand's artful use of descriptive language truly made me feel as if I was there, providing yet another reason for why I couldn't put this novel down.

While there is a certain, underlying thread of sadness that runs through the story, there a...more
Kira Solomon
I'd give it a half a star if that was possible. In fact, I'm contemplating taking the one star away but I figured I had to give it something. This book disappointed me. First, the book was all over the place. One minute I'm following Viki, then Brenda, then Melanie, and then Josh... oh and then there are flash backs too, so it just gets confusing most of the time. Second, it didn't end at all the way I wanted it to and that upset me. I thought the story of everyone together at the beach house wa...more
Laura
Looking for something light and summery, I took the front cover and read the back and thought it'd be perfect for a weekend at the lake. What the back of the book doesn't tell you is that from the very first chapter, the 3 main characters are annoying and never get any better.

There is a martyr sister with lung cancer, a selfish professor sister and a poor-miserable-me friend who escapes because her husband cheated on her then ends up cheating on him. The children are brats, the husbands alternat...more
♥Xeni♥
Alright, if you would delete all pages from about 30% to 75% this book might have gotten 4 stars.

First off, no one can identify with these characters. The women are all totally pessimistic and broken, the children are your typical American kids: spoiled brats and all the men have macho-man issues (with the exception of John Walsh, but we don't get to know him well enough). I understand that sometimes life gets you down and occasionally you might feel like there's nothing left except despair, bu...more
Arlene Hayman
As I delved into this book, it occurred to me that our book club has enjoyed some amazing books this year, and so by comparison, this novel seems rather trite or ordinary. The tale is entertaining enough, but I think that the author has failed to fully develop the characters in the story. Josh was not portrayed in depth, and as a result, I had difficulty in understanding his attraction or interest in these three older women. I think that I would have become significantly involved as a reader if...more
Bonny
Maybe I don't like "chick lit" or a "great beach read" but Barefoot doesn't even come remotely close to either of these. There are "chicks" and a "beach", but just getting to the beach is a simple task that almost defeats these three women. None of the characters were very likeable, and Melanie was just plain pathetic. I realize this is fiction, but I personally like fiction to have a story line that at least makes sense. Sadly, Barefoot fails there also. Not many lung cancer patients are out di...more
Kathy McC
This is the story of three women and the trials that life brings to them. It is a bittersweet novel depicting the importance of family and friends when life hits a rough patch. It also demonstrates that one never knows where help might come from. This was a well written fluff novel. It dragged slowly by in certain parts. I felt the end wrapped up too nicely and too neatly for all of the characters. It would be great if life worked in such wonderful ways, but alas I found the ending unrealistic.
Sarah
It's summer, and even lovers of YA books need a beach read sometimes! I picked this up at my local public library because the cover was about worn out--proof it has been loved!

Three women arrive on Nantucket for the summer. Vicki needs to get away from home because she has lung cancer and needs to begin chemotherapy. She doesn't know how to handle it--but at least her two boys can play at the beach if she's at the family cabin. Brenda is running away--she was just fired as a university professor...more
Bambi
This book was horrible. One star is really too many. This was my first Elin Hilderbrand novel and frankly, I will never read another one. Can someone please tell me why this book was a national bestseller? It read like a soap opera would if it were a novel. The characters were one dimensional, at best. I kept waiting for a climax to the book and there never was one. These women supposedly were to experience this summer that would change their lives, but they never changed. Vicki beat cancer, Mel...more
Keris
The story of three women and their young, male babysitter unfurls during the hot summer in Nantucket. All of them have a story. Vicki has lung cancer, Brenda, Vicki’s younger sister is in disgrace after having an affair with one of her students and Melanie, Vicki’s friend, is newly pregnant with a long fought for baby, only to discover her husband is having an affair. Josh is a twenty one year old writing student on his summer holidays in the right place at the right time.

Vicki and Brenda have i...more
Julianne
Not my favorite of this author's beachy books (but not my least favorite either), but still very readable. I did really identify with one of the characters (Brenda), who was regrouping from a situation in which she had been judged for making a decision that was deemed inappropriate and this resulted in irreparable injury to the life she had worked for years to build for herself. A reminder that, no matter what other obstacles you are facing personally at the time and no matter how well you may h...more
Marilyn
Apr 04, 2010 Marilyn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Yes
Recommended to Marilyn by: My friend Lou-who gave me the book
This is about 3 friends that have had catastrophic recent events in their lives, who escape for the summer to Nantucket. Very good character/relationship study.
Heather
Let me start by saying I was expecting this to be a throw-away book. Something I could start, put down if something else caught my attention, and/or never pick back up (and never regret missing out on if I didn't return to it). I think that impression was the fault of the editors, or whoever put the front cover together. With the tagline, "Three women. Three Secrets. One long, hot summer." and a quote reading, "Summer reading fun. ... Twenty pages in, you'll be ready to drop everything and head...more
Stephanie
This review originally appeared at www.readinasinglesitting.com.

Elin Hilderbrand's Barefoot opens with a scene akin to a drawn-out framing shot in a Steven Spielberg movie: through airport attendant Josh Flynn's eyes we see three woman disembarking from a plane, each lost somewhere beneath a personal burden. Josh, who's studying creative writing and is in search of a story to follow, is intrigued by the woman and their odd dynamics. Once these opening credits slowly filter away, our lens zooms i...more
Debbie
Three women arrive at the local airport, observed by Josh, a Nantucket native home from college for the summer. Burdened with small children, unwieldy straw hats, and some obvious emotional issues, the women-- two sisters and one friend--make their way to the sisters' tiny cottage, inherited from an aunt. They're all trying to escape from something: Melanie, after seven failed in-vitro attempts, learned her husband was having an affair, and then discovered she's pregnant; Brenda embarked on a pa...more
Natasha
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Spudsie
Jul 04, 2008 Spudsie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: summer beach "bums"
“Barefoot” is a terrific light summer read. (Of course, just to go against the grain I actually read it in November I believe.) The story is well written and the characters are likeable.

Did “Barefoot” cause me to do any soul-searching, or reveal hidden truths in a startling way? No. But that isn’t the purpose of this book. (At least not in my opinion.) It tells a wonderful heart-warming (I know it’s an overused cliché, but in this case it’s accurate) story of three sisters, each caught up in th...more
Amy
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Jennefer
Barefoot is a book that was recommended to me (Thanks Lani) because I really enjoyed The Castaways by this author and I wanted to read more of her books. I actually started out not liking any of the characters, and surprisingly by the middle to end, I ended up loving them all! Each character had their own reason for being who they were, and I was endeared to each of them. However, it wasn't until halfway through the book that I became involved enough with the characters that it became a page tur...more
Janet
I would give this 5 stars, except I never do that. For 5 stars it would have to be earth-shattering. That said, I loved this book. 3 women step off a plane in Nantucket. Two sisters, Vicky and Brenda and Vicky's friend Melanie.

Vicky has 2 small children and is suffering from lung cancer. Brenda has lost her dream job as a professor for sleeping with a student (no abuse here, he was 31 years old. And Melanie, who after a dozen unsuccessful tries at IVF discovers her husband has been having an aff...more
Rachel
The characters were interesting but not particularly likable in the beginning. By the end, they were slightly more likable and definitely not as interesting. It was a good set-up but I felt like the novel really didn't have much to say. What I think is bothering me the most is the pat ending- there is not one negative consequences for any of the character's choices that last longer than the summer. But not because the characters do much to change their circumstances (although there is a little o...more
JoAnn
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Jan
A supposed light summer read about three woman who spend the summer on Nantucket except one sister has been banned from academia for having an affair with a student; the other is starting chemo for lung cancer and has her two small children in tow, and the third has escaped her cheating husband and now finds herself pregnant. All of them are self-centered and it was difficult to determine if any one of them had any redeeming qualities amidst all the whining and kvetching. The girls finally manag...more
Jessica
Not so much a "review" as a warning to others.

I read this for a book group and honestly, I am having a difficult time finding any redeeming value in this book. The characters were shallow and self-centered, the plot transparent and completely predictable. The only possibly way the book could have ended in a worse way was if the cancer-fighting mother had died - or had an affair with the babysitter. I had very little compassion even for her. There other two characters made me want to gouge out my...more
Charlene
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Bree
This one took me a while to get through...I just couldn't get into it really, but hate to put a book down without finishing it! The story kinda dragged for me...and the information about what got the 3 women to this point was slow in coming out (most of it wasn't revealed until halfway through the book). Most of the time I wanted to yell at the women! But the ending was good - it made me cry, too. Overall, an OK book, but not what I was expecting it to be.
Rachel Defrank
Love all Elin Hilderbrand books for an easy, girly, summer read.
Lana Snow
I have loved every Elin Hilderbrand book I've read because they are a good escape from the real world and I never want to put one down once I pick it up. This one, however, was utterly depressing and dark. I actually gave up on it 1/4 way through; I've never done that before. I read a different book to put a smile back on my face and came back to this one. I finished it so that I could give it a fair chance. I have to say - I'm so glad it's over! Phew!
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Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her five previous novels. Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.

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