by Elin Hilderbrand
Little Brown and Company Hardcover
Release Date: July 2, 2007
Available for purchase
Why did you choose this book? I like the cover. It was the middle of winter when I read this and the beach seemed like a nice place to be.
When did you read this book? February 2011
Who should read this book? readers who enjoy contemporary women’s fiction
Here is a synopsis of Barefoot' from Goodreads, where it rates 3.58 stars.
Three women arrive at the local airport, observed by Josh, a Nantucket native home from college for the summer. Burdened with small children, unwieldy straw hats, and some obvious emotional issues, the women—two sisters and one friend—make their way to the sisters' tiny cottage, inherited from an aunt. They're all trying to escape from something: Melanie, after seven failed in-vitro attempts, learned her husband was having an affair, and then discovered she's pregnant; Brenda embarked on a passionate affair with an older student that got her fired from her prestigious job as a professor in New York; and her sister Vicki, mother to two small boys, has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Soon Josh is part of the chaotic household, acting as babysitter, confidant, and, eventually, lover.
This is a story about 3 women who escape to Nantucket Island one summer. Vicky is the mother of 2 young boys and has recently been diagnosed with cancer. She wants one last summer of normalcy and fun before giving in to the diagnosis. She invites her friend, Melanie, along. Melanie is escaping her life at home, where she has learned her long hoped for pregnancy is a reality....and her husband is cheating! Vicky also brings her sister, Brenda, who is escaping her own problems. Brenda was recently fired from her position as a professor, after being caught having an affair with one of her students. She is being sued for destruction of school property. There is tension between Brenda and Melanie, as Brenda feels threatened by Melanie’s close relationship with Vicky. Into this mix, come Josh, a young college student home for the summer. He is hired to babysit the boys, and becomes a virtual member of the family. He also develops an attraction to the women, and they to him.
This is a fun, lighter read with a good ending. Great for the beach or a cold winter’s day under a blanket!
My Rating: ★★★★ 4 Stars
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