"Susan Mallery again masters the challenges of difficult relationships"
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted May 22, 2012
Women's Fiction Contemporary
We all have to suck it up and do things for the better good
as in the military way of taking orders and obeying for the
security and success of a mission. Michelle understood that
all too well from her years in the military. Chain of
command only works with respect.
Now back at her
inn she faces challenges that will test her mettle once
again. Facing the loss of her inn due to her mother's
irresponsible handling of finances Michelle has to dig deep
in order to meet the demands of the bank holding two
mortgages on the property. Even though her background
clearly illustrates her ability to run the inn, her absence
gave the loan committee the ammunition to call the shots.
The one demand most difficult to swallow is keeping Carly
Carly helped run the inn in her absence with her
mother Brenda. Carly seems to have helped herself to more than
Brenda's jewelry probably hoping Michelle never returned to
take over. But Michelle knows it went way deeper. Michelle
fully acknowledges that her joining the service was an attempt
to run away from a majorly uncomfortable situation -- one
that Carly had played a role in.
But running never really
accomplishes anything. Coming to grips with her past
relationship with Carly is difficult enough but beginning to
face the consequences of her own actions is
Michelle is startled to find out that the people she
most trusted are indeed the ones least likely to deserve
her trust and love. And when push comes to shove the person
who seems to easily step up to the plate is none other than
Fighting a battle with wounds sustained during her military
days seems to be the
least of Michelle's challenges. Her physical
problems are reacting well with physical therapy. But in
order to really recover she needs to face emotional demons
both from her service as well as what she ran from at
home. Only when and if she chases those demons down will
she be able to start a new life at the inn she adores, with
friends she can count on and perhaps even find the allusive
love she has searched for her entire life.
Susan Mallery has once again mastered the challenges of
difficult relationships, this time enmeshed with two young
women whose lives were shaped by forces too strong for them
to conquer on their own, but as a team -- watch out.
BAREFOOT SEASON is about reconnecting with that inner child
who had the innate ability to see beauty in everything and
revel in the joy of dancing barefoot in the grass. Maybe we
can't fully return to that wonderful season in our life but
we can still acknowledge the beauty of our present and look
forward to an even better future.
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.
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