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Barefoot: A Novel
by Elin Hilderbrand

Published: 2008-06-09
Paperback : 432 pages
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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 ...
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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.

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Relationships b/w sisters - does the past have to affect the present?
How much should a wife tolerate from an unsatisfying spouse?
Does love trump convenience?
by Odalia (see profile) 02/11/15

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Give it a shot!
by Odalia (see profile) 02/11/15
If the opening scene does not pull you in (it didn\\\'t for me), don\\\'t stop there - it\\\'s worth the read!

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  "Book evolved"by Kathryneisen (see profile) 03/19/16

Initially this book had a lot of irritating characters who evolved into more understandable and in some cases more likable people. The romance was off putting to some of us - clearly a strange coming... (read more)

 
  "Great summer read!"by schultzmom (see profile) 07/21/15

 
  "Barefoot "by Leaustin1 (see profile) 07/20/15

An entertaining, easy beach read.

 
  "Happily Surprised"by Odalia (see profile) 02/11/15

This book was slightly slow to begin for me, but once I got passed the beginning pages, it was a fun read! I enjoyed the different perspectives of the main characters, and the interesting relationships... (read more)

 
  "Really good read"by ecarbonell940 (see profile) 02/09/15

This book made me appreciate life, family and friends.

 
  "Barefoot"by beatricefalu (see profile) 02/08/15

Great story about family, friends, love, fear, bravery and strength. Worth reading and great for review and discussion.

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  "Three messed up women sort out their lives"by msharry (see profile) 12/13/11

Good relationship-between-women book brings three women: a mother of young children dealing with cancer, a pregnant woman whose husband left her for someone else and a professor fired for an affair with... (read more)

 
  "Barefoot"by bandjoy (see profile) 09/20/11

I just expected more from the ending than possible cliffhangers for the 3 major characters after 400 pages.

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