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Barefoot Season (Blackberry Island #1)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,882 Ratings  ·  607 Reviews
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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Jul 30, 2012 Terry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Feb 11, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-ebooks
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! 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
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
Susan Crowe
This is the only Susan Mallery book that I have ever given less than 5*s to. Let me explain why I did. Throughout MOST of the book, I absolutely hated Michelle. (Who does she think she is, actually punching people???) I thought Sam was creepy and in the first part of the book, I wanted to thump Carly on the nose. But, by the end, I was liking everyone. (Sam was still creepy) But, I will definitely continue this series.
Sep 14, 2012 Lara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-in-2012
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
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
Jane Stewart
Very good.

This is book 1 in the Blackberry Island Trilogy. Each book can be read as a stand alone. This author has written many romances which are primarily about relationships between men and women. For a change in this series she is writing about relationships between women as friends or sister-like. And I like the change. And I like that at the end of each book, the main female character also has a happy romantic ending with a guy. The main stories are about women, their friends, a
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
May 14, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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
Mar 06, 2016 Rossy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Enjoy romance as secondary plot
Very satisfying, loved the characters and the setting!

Honestly, I didn't think I was going to enjoy this book because I have stopped being interested in the author's Fool Gold's series. She does really well with contemporary women though; and this book was more about the relationship as sisters, than the romance.
Kate Vale
Are Michelle and Carly sisters of the heart or something else? They used to be BFFs, until guys they slept with and their parents cheated, Michelle's dad left and so did Carly's mom. Could life be more of a mess, especially after Michelle's mom dies and she finally comes home from the war with a partially-reconstructed hip, lots of pain and emotional angst. Now she finds out the hotel she owns is close to foreclosure. Did Carly cause it? She's been working there since Michelle left. Or is her so ...more
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
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
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
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
Mar 22, 2012 Dorine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cocktails and Books
Apr 02, 2012 Cocktails and Books rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cocktails and Books by: Joelle
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
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
Romancing the Book
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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
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
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
Heather Bokon
May 17, 2012 Heather Bokon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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
Mary Simpson
Jun 07, 2015 Mary Simpson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
PTSD and veterans sacrifices, best friends reuniting

I truly enjoyed this book. I liked getting to know the characters and the setting. The story revolves around two best friends through school who deal with the loss of parents and each other through betrayal, lies, war, but eventually learn to respect and appreciate each other again. This was a great summer read. Can't wait to continue the series.
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
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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
Mar 21, 2014 Dee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 19, 2012 Kortney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Barefoot Season by Susan Mallery is the first book of the Blackberry Island trilogy, set in the present day on an island in Puget Sound: “Quiet, touristy, with quaint stores and a slower pace of life, the island celebrated all things blackberry. There were silly traditions and a rhythm to the seasons that had always seemed annoyingly out of step.” Michelle Sanderson is an army veteran, returning home wounded to heal in her childhood home. She fled ten years ago after tragic betrayals, but now sh ...more
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