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Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand
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Jul 04, 2008

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Recommended for: summer beach "bums"
Read in November, 2007

“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 their own lives and in their own struggles, coming to understand the struggles and heartaches of each other.

Perhaps I can read the book in such a light-hearted way because I have not had to deal with devastating illnesses or marital struggles with my siblings. For anyone who has been through similar situations with siblings or close family members this book may provide comfort and insight that is lost on me. And I think that’s a good thing. I enjoy knowing a book that has provided entertainment for me is able to provide something deeper for others. I think that speaks well of the author’s ability to write fiction that speaks to people at multiple levels. Too often it seems books are either meaningful OR entertaining. It is nice to find a book that may provide both to different sets of readers.
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Jean Haberman Only two of them were sisters!

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