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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Book Review - Barefoot Season: A Blackberry Island Novel by Susan Mallery / Mother's Day Recommendation

I love Susan Mallery's books, and was thrilled to find out she was beginning a new series set on Blackberry Island, off the coast of Washington State.  The first book, "Barefoot Season," is a great kickoff for this series!

About the Book:

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.

Wounded in the Iraq/Afghanistan war, Army veteran Michelle Sanderson has not choice but to return to her childhood home at her family’s Blackberry Island Inn. She expects it to be the same, needs it to be the same, as it was when she left ten years ago. But she is shocked to find out it’s not. Her mother had made major renovations with the help of her once best friend, Carly Williams. Now that Michelle’s mother has passed away, Carly is left for Michelle to rail at and blame for everything since she’s alive and a viable target.

Michelle and Carly have an unpleasant history, part of which was the reason that Michelle ran off to join the army in the first place. Ten years later, she has to face the fact that her former best friend has single-handedly tried to keep the inn that Michelle inherited from going under. Severe financial problems as a result of her mother’s bad choices, and her banker’s unusual insistence that Michelle retain Carly to assist her, forces the two women to work together whether they like it or not, or lose the inn. So as the two dance around each other, they soon find a rhythm to their fragile friendship that brings healing, and love back into their lives just when they need it.

Mallery realistically captures the angst and grief that is often overlooked when wounded servicemen and women return home in this heart-tugging story of women’s friendships. She includes elements of romance in the story as well, and sets the stage for what promises to be a popular series.

About The Author:

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery has entertained millions of readers with her witty and emotional stories about women. Publishers Weekly calls Susan’s prose “luscious and provocative,” and Booklist says “Novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor and superb storytelling.” Susan lives in Seattle with her husband and her tiny but intrepid toy poodle. Visit her at www.SusanMallery.com.

I received a copy of this book from the author for review. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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