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Barefoot Season (Blackberry Island #1)

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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 Mic...more
Kindle Edition, 363 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Mira; Original edition (first published January 1st 2012)
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Terry
Looking for a beach read which the cover suggests. Well, you have all heard that you should never judge a book by its cover, and that remains true. I vacillated between a 3 or 4 star rating. Actually three and a half is what I would like to have rated it.
I enjoyed this book....read it quickly...never thought about not finishing it...would try another book by this author even though I am not into the "romance" genre.
The setting is charming and I would love to stay at this inn. The story is abou...more
Andrea Corley
This is my second book from Susan Mallery and I loved the first one so I had extremely high standards for this book. I think that Mallery does a wonderful job writing literary fiction and has the ability to write about real-life problems without completely romanticizing everything. I like the fact that not everything is like a fairytale, much like real life. Of course, everyone wants that happy ending, but I also like realistic, which I think Mallery has certainly mastered in her writing.

I did f...more
Susan
As a true Mallery fan I pick up the newest book the day it comes out and it is usually done before I can let myself sleep, I know she is a great writer of romance, but this is not a romance and I was prepared to be disappointed........wow! Did Mallery prove me wrong once again as she proves that she can write so much more than romance and not let her readers down. This is a truly moving and poignant novel that will make new Mallery fans out of many new readers. Both Michelle and Carly are superb...more
Lara
This is my second book by Mallory, and I like her style. This book is about two women and their relationship after some past drama and a ten-year separation. There is romance, but it is placed at least third in importance. We have a wounded veteran who left home years before having to face emotional actions from her youth as well as manage her PTSD and physical pain. The PTSD definitely affected her behavior, and her expected denial and stubbornness lead to some problem acts on her part.

The oth...more
Maggie61
I read this book all on one day, mostly in one sitting.
It's the story of two ex best friends, Michelle and Carly that were friends as children, had a falling out due to circumstances beyond their control , reunited as friends only to have their friendship fall apart again by an act of betrayal.
Fast forward ten years when Michelle returns from the war to run the inn that her father left her and finds that Carly has been running the inn for many Years. She also finds out that the inn is in finan...more
Just - The romance reader
I'm a huge Susan Mallery fan and although I enjoyed Blackberry Island it wasn't my favorite. The story wasn't focused mainly on romantic relationships like most of her writing, which is the genre that I most enjoy. What little bit of romance was in this one I did enjoy. The book focuses on Michelle's return from war as an injured vet. She comes home to take care of the Blackberry Inn, to recover from her injuries and try to find her life as a civilian again. All the while she must struggle to wo...more
Susan
Very good book. Michelle returned to Blackberry Island with several issues to deal with. First was her recovery from war injuries and dealing with her PTSD. Then she had to take over running the inn. She also had to deal with her former friend Carly, who has been running the inn while Michelle was away. Seeing Michelle as she tried to cope was sometimes very painful. From the outside looking in, you can see that the drinking is making it worse, and the stresses of the inn are not helping either....more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

You just never know when it's time to confront your past. Let go of the pain, make amends with those you once loved. In Barefoot Season, Ms. Mallery sets the stage for two women, once friends, until betrayal tore them apart.

Carly and Michelle were like sisters at one point. Who would have thought they envied each other, never once sharing those feelings with one another? Michelle, bitter and angry, has come back from serving in the mi...more
Booklover
Beautiful heart touching emotional second chance at life,friendship & love,as we get to know about Carly-Michelle once BFF now there is so much of anger,resentment,bitterness and distance,the story progressed really well after a decade fate has given them another opportunity.The friendship part of story progressed really well but the romance side was a little disappointed i wanted more of Jared-Michelle and Carly-Sam- how they grow close and their love blossoms.Overall its a beautiful book,a...more
Jessi
Michelle Sanderson is returning to Blackberry Island after years at war. She has a hip injury from being shot and PTSD but she wants to go take over the inn left to her by her father.
But the place she left isn't what she remembers. For one, her ex-BFF, Carly Williams, is now the inn's manager. Why is she ex? Well, it seems that Carly found her fiance and Michelle (our heroine?) in bed together. A pregnant Carly married the man anyway and he promptly ran off with all her money. But Michelle's mot...more
Michelle
Posted on Big Girl Books.

I’m a huge fan of Susan Mallery. She was one of the authors to put contemporary fiction on the map, for me. Mallery has a great way of creating characters that are easy to relate to, while turning ordinary day-to-day stories into something memorable and extraordinary. If we are to be friends, you will have to become familiar with Mallery and her stories. I suggest you start with the Marcelli Family series, and make your way through The Buchannans, then over to the Bakery...more
Sheree
Injured vet Michelle Sanderson returns home to Blackberry Island, Washington and her family owned business, the Blackberry Island Inn - managed by ex-best-friend Carly. Barefoot Season is a story with substance; friendship, betrayal, forgiveness and healing and Michelle's transition to civilian life battling PTSD and a financially ailing inn, adds another layer of depth.

Blackberry Island is a quaint, charming setting and I loved the feel the small community brought to the story. When Chance is i...more
Jac (For Love and Books)
It’s no secret that Susan Mallery is one of my “Go-To” authors – if I need an escape, I know I can count on her and Barefoot Season was no exception! (Although a fair warning to all of Susan’s fans – this is a contemporary read, NOT a romance! There are romantic elements, but the story is really about Carly and Michelle and their friendship.)
It took me just a few paragraphs to get into this book, the opening scene has Michelle purchasing a truck and sharing that she’s fresh back from Iraq – or a...more
Dorine
Barefoot Season by Susan MalleryTwo former best friends, one a single mom and the other a war veteran, are thrown together after ten years apart, hoping to save the small inn they both love. Tourists, residents, newcomers, all play a part in BAREFOOT SEASON on a charming island on the upper west coast — rain or shine.

A wounded war vet, Michelle Sanderson, returns to her beloved home at Blackberry Island Inn. She expects it to be the same, needs it to be the same, as it was when she left three deployments ago. Of course, it’s...more
Cocktails and Books
This is the third woman's fiction book I've read by Susan Mallery and it's another book that proves that Susan Mallery has the ability to capture those little nuances in women's relationship with each other.

Michelle Sanderson and Carly Williams were best friends from elementary school through high school. But through no fault of their own, they were pitted against each other through the acts of their parents. Then when they were working towards re-establishing their relationship a man and jealou...more
Big Girl Books
Christine’s first review was amazing. I, too, wondered what my first review would be about. I looked through my favorites and contemplated if I should also review a favorite. But after a lot of thinking, I decided to choose a newly released book. I chose Barefoot Season by Susan Mallery. Barefoot Season is Mallery’s most recent contemporary series, and revolves around the residents of Blackberry Island, Washington.

I’m a huge fan of Susan Mallery. She was one of the authors to put contemporary fi...more
Romancing the Book
Revewed By~Stacey
Review Copy Provided By~ARC author

Best friends; you love each other, you hate each other. It’s all part of life. In Susan Mallery’s soon-to-be released “Barefoot Season” we meet two former best friends who have so much hostility toward one another that it was hard to like them or imagine why anyone would want to be friends with them in the first place!

I have to admit, I am a die-hard Susan Mallery romance fan. I’ve read them all – twice! As with last year’s Best of Friends, Sus...more
Melissa ( Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf)
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 c...more
Patty
It is possible that having OverDrive available will spoil me completely. It looks like there will always be something available to read. Last night I couldn't sleep, so I got out my iPad, looked up my library's OverDrive site and browsed until I found something suitable. I then stayed up much too late reading Mallery's contemporary romance. I didn't have to turn on a light and disturb the household for find something to keep me occupied until I was sleepy.

As with all romances, this was a fairy t...more
Heather Bokon
I like Susan Mallery's romance novels a lot. But I love her women's fiction. This was another winner; and I can't wait to read more of Blackberry Island.

Michelle is returning from ten years in the military, most recently in Afghanistan, trying to heal from an injury. She has PTSD, a chip on her shoulder going back to some events in high school, and when she gets home to Blackberry Island, she finds that her inn, the one her father left for her, has been run into financial ruin by her recently de...more
Emily
After an injury has left Army vet, Michelle Sanderson, needing to recover, she returns home to Blackberry Island Inn which she inherited years ago. Wanting to convalesce and put the haunting memories behind her, she is surprised to find the last person she ever expects to see again in her suite.
Single mother Carly Williams has had to endure a lot to get where she is today. She is ready to let the past go and start fresh but it is looking like she is about to have another setback, as Michelle c...more
Vickie
For a synopsis, click here: Barefoot Season

I loved how Susan Mallery hit PTSD and returning military veterans right on the head with Michelle Sanderson. PTSD is real and the return to the civilian world is not seamless, not matter who/what is waiting for the veteran back home. I also liked how Susan Mallery addressed the ridiculousness of high school and small town attitudes with Carly Williams. For heaven's sake, people need to either grow up or move away. Leave the past in the past. Both women...more
Dee
Two-haiku review:

Wounded, she goes home
Finds frenemy running inn
Can't get over hurt

Two women's issues
Injuries, anguish of war
Single motherhood
Kortney
I very much connected with this book after reading the first couple chapters. I found that the relationship between Michelle and Carly reminded me that of my own current friendships. In addition I really liked how they touched on the issues of PTSD with military veterans. Lastly, I also thought it was interesting to see all the different characteres that Susan brought into this story because I am not use to having to remember so many characteres. However, they all fit very well and made the stor...more
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Sarah (Workaday Reads)
I went into this book thinking it was a contemporary romance. It’s not. At all. Shows how well I read the summary. What I got was a very moving story about love, family, and healing.

The focus of the story is on the characters: mainly Carly and Michelle. They have a long and complicated history that is revealed to the reader in pieces. It is fully revealed by the end, and is believable. It’s sad and tragic, but has a very real feel to it. No family, or serious friendship, is simple, and what Carl...more
Maryann
This came in and I set aside the book I was reading when I couldn't reach another patron who also wanted to read it. Am I ever glad I did. I have enjoyed all the Susan Mallery I have read, but have to say this is my favorite. The things Carly and Michelle had to deal with from there shared past, together and apart were riviting. The were easy characters to root for. I highly recommend this book.
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"With a compelling twist on the wounded war hero story and an intense exploration of what makes up a family, Mallery has set the bar high....The characters - both furry and human - come to life in their small-town setting and will touch readers' hearts and funny bones." RT Book Review 4 1/2 stars
Janga
I'll post a full review next month, closer to release date, but I really liked this. It's more women's fiction than romance, although there are romantic elements. The premise is different and interesting,and I loved the problems are not simplistically resolved.

See full review at just Janga:
http://justjanga.blogspot.com/2012/03...
Mandy Caruso-Yahne
Found this on a reading list and borrowed it from the library on my kindle. Really liked the two main characters and the way you saw things from both of their perspectives. Carly and Michelle were best friends until a family dramatic event tore them apart in high school, which was only cemented when they had their own fight over the same guy. Michelle has now come back from serving in the army for ten years and has to deal with the death of her mother in addition to finding Carly running the fam...more
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