Review: Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand

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Visiting Nantucket for the summer, three women seek peace and comfort as they cope with the challenges in their lives--from marriage, infidelity, and the mayhem of motherhood to scandal, tragedy, and illness. 

Three women--burdened with small children, unwieldy straw hats, and some obvious emotional issues--tumble onto the Nantucket airport tarmac one hot June day. Vicki is trying to sort through the news that she has a serious illness. Her sister, Brenda, has just left her job after being caught in an affair with a student. And their friend Melanie, after seven failed in vitro attempts, is pregnant at last--but only after learning that her husband is having an affair. They have come to escape, enjoy the sun, and relax in Nantucket's calming air. But into the house, into their world, steps twenty-two-year-old Josh Flynn.

Barefoot weaves these four lives together in a story with enthralling sweep and scope--a novel that is as fun and memorable and bittersweet as that one perfect day of summer.

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Three women plan to spend the summer on Nantucket.  Brenda is running from disgrace. Vicki has cancer and is trying to relax as she starts her chemo.  Melody is separated from her cheating husband.  Josh works at the airport and sees them when they arrive.  He has a feeling that his life will cross with the three ladies.
This book goes on to explain what Brenda did and how her reputation is in tatters.  She is completely wrapped up in herself.  Melody is a weak-minded woman.  She is obviously a doormat to her husband who is a complete jerk.  I honestly can’t stand her character.  The only one I halfway like is Vicki, but she is so negative.  She is so sure she is going to die.  Her fear is overwhelming her.  She even refuses to do chemo at one point.

It was difficult to get through this story.  I didn’t care for the three women or how they each handled their issues.  I was constantly shaking my head in disgust.  In the end Brenda is the only one who truly earned any of my respect.  Mostly this story highlights the selfishness of three women who can’t face what life has dealt them.  I give it a 2 out of 5.

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