Michelle Sanderson is back on Blackberry Island after years
in the Army. The Blackberry Island Inn was her home until a
series of betrayals led her to join the Army to get away.
Now, with the death of her mother, she is back to claim her
inheritance and make the Inn home again. As if coping with
the emotional and physical wounds sustained during her
service weren't enough, Michelle comes home to find that her
mother's poor financial management has placed the Inn in
danger of foreclosure. Her only hope is meeting the bank's
demands in order to buy time to turn the Inn around.
Unfortunately, those demands included keeping Carly Williams
Carly and Michelle were once best friends. They haven't
spoken in years and don't want to start now. Carly and her
daughter live at the Inn. The Inn is their home and the
staff is their family. Carly has little savings and needs
to keep her job but she knows Michelle is unlikely to want
her around. For her part, Carly has missed her best friend
and is willing to find a way to make this arrangement work.
Can they get past the bitterness between them to save the
Inn and each other?
BAREFOOT SEASON is a bit of a departure from Susan Mallery's
earlier works. While there are romantic subplots for Carly
and Michelle, the heart of the story is the friendship
between them. Michelle is the more volatile of the two as
the effects of an injury to her leg and post-traumatic
stress disorder cause her to lash out at those around her.
Carly is dealing with the lingering effects of betrayals
from a number of people she loved, most recently the lies
told her by Michelle's mother. I was drawn in by their
struggles which cause them to push away and pull together in
ways that keep the tension high. Alternately sad, sweet,
funny, and heart-wrenching, BAREFOOT SEASON is a must read
for fans of women's fiction.
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.