Womens Fiction Review: Barefoot Season by Susan Mallery (Outstanding)

Posted March 26, 2012 by Felicia S in 2012 Read, 4.50 Wine Glasses / 23 Comments


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Release Date: March 27, 2012

From Goodreads: 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.

Read in March, 2012
Received for Review
Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 4.50

First thought when finished: This is definitely at the top of my favorite Women’s Fiction stories.

What I Loved: Barefoot Season managed to do so many things to me while reading: I laughed, cried, rooted for reconciliation, and got fighting mad during the middle. I am not usually a fan of women’s fiction but if there were more like this I would gobble them up by the handfuls. I identified with both lead characters: Michelle in the beginning and Carly at the end. There was so much to love about their characters and the development around both of them. I dare you to read this and not want to simultaneously hug and sock both of them (at different times). The secondary characters were just as strong and important to the story. Susan did a great job of not letting them overwhelm Michelle and Carly’s story but they did support it in a fantastic way.

What I Liked: I really liked the B&B. It was the perfect setting for this wonderful story of friendships, heartaches, and growth. You could feel the B&B working with the story and almost feeling like a character itself.

Final Thought: This a fantastic story and one that will stick with you long after your finished reading.

Felicia Extra Note: I am not usually a fan of women’s fiction—I stop/start (DNF) more books in this genre more than any other. However, this is one that I would read again. In fact, I read the last 3 chapters 3 times because it was just a moving and fulfilling ending. I highly recommend this story to anyone who has had friendships that have been lost, gone through hard times, or is embarking on reconciliation with a friend. It truly left me thinking about miscommunication and things that happen in friendships to drive them apart!


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23 responses to “Womens Fiction Review: Barefoot Season by Susan Mallery (Outstanding)

  1. Alexis

    Oh I love it. I'm adding it to my list for sure. I'm not usually a fan of women's fiction either but I've read one book recently that made me feel the same way. I think it is because I connected to the relationship between the friends. So I'm thinking there might be an area within women's fiction that I can identify with.

  2. Christi Snow

    I liked this one too. Very different from my normal reading, but I became completely immersed in Carly & Michelle's story. Great review and that sounds like a yummy recipe! smiles…

  3. Tina~

    Ive read great things about this author, I should check her out, I normally love the contemporary womens fiction..And that recipe looks really yummy….I cant wait to buy all the fresh corn on the cobs when they hit my farmers market here soon…..;D

  4. Melissa (Books and T

    Read the ending 3 times? Okay, I wasn't sure if I would love this, but you saying it was just so moving really makes me want to read it.Oh and I wish I could eat that!! It looks delish! *sigh*

  5. Heidi

    I recently saw this book when I was putting together my Friday Forecast post. After reading your review I want to read it now, I don't read much chick lit either but I do enjoy a good one every now and then and this sounds great. One I really enjoyed was The Love Goddess Cooking School by Melissa Senate, it was super good and has recipes too. Thanks much for the pork chop recipe, i loaded it into my recipe app!

  6. Missie, The Unread R

    That Blueberry-Ginger Relish looks divine! I'm just learning how to cook and I'm not sure I could even attempt something this lavish, but it seems simple enough… I think. LOLIt's been too long since I've read a book about true friendship and healing. I'm usually the same as you with WF. I start the book then for some reason, can't get through it, but if this one inspired you to re-read the last few chapters multiple times, then it must be more than worth it. P.S. I got Born to Darkness during the 40% off sale on Audible!!!! I can't wait to listen. Two narrators. Yay! Thanks for the recommendation.

  7. Blodeuedd

    I skipped dinner cos I was lazy today (and having a bad day) but this post makes me want food!Nice book too

  8. Felicia the Geeky Bl

    I think I was in the mood for the book (I am a total moody reader). It did take awhile for the friendship to get better but I think that is what I liked the most. No insta-fix!

  9. Felicia the Geeky Bl

    I really liked this book (didn't expect to like it as much as I did)! I think it just speaks to healing and forgiveness!

  10. Ali

    Great review, I am going to have to put this one on my TBR list! Also going to have to try that recipe!!! πŸ™‚

  11. Jenny

    Don't you just love when you find a book in a genre you usually don't read or have success with that just blows you away? So much fun when that happens. You have me all curious about these last 3 chapters now, I adore an ending that just works perfectly:)

  12. Aurian

    Glad you liked the book so much, but woman's fiction is really not my thing. Too close to real life. It also took me a while to get that it was friendship between two women, not love, that the book is about.

  13. Damaris (GoodChoiceR

    Ah! Great post! I love Susan Mallery! I have this one on my shelf, but haven't had the time to get to it. πŸ™ I might bump it up! Great review!

  14. Mariana Pereira Beze

    I loved your review. I picked this book from NetGalley mostly because of the author and women fiction are not one of my faves, like you, but sometimes I go out of my confort zone and this one sounds like a good try.