Great story, altho I didn't like any of the ladies when I first started reading. They all seemed so whiny. But as you learn their stories, and get to know them, they become real people. I'll definitely look for more of Ms. Hilderbrand's books.
First book I have ever read by this author. I enjoyed this book. It made me laugh & cry. The sisters & friends in this book. Had so much in life to deal with. I found myself pulling for these woman. I also think the male babysitter Josh added alot to the book also. I plan on reading more by this author.
At first I trouble getting into this book, very slow start. But after a chapter or two I couldn't put the book down and finished it in one night!!! Great characters and intertwined storyline. Touching story.
Barefoot was a story about friendships, family, love and death that touches all of us in different ways. My emotions were all over the board while reading this story. Compelling characters pulled me in so much that I couldn't put the book down!
It was difficult for me to put this down and even more difficult to accept that it was over! I thought the writing was done very well, and the complex story involving all of the different characters was compelling. It was a feel-good story, despite the sadness and trials that each character goes through. The unique relationships and bonds that each character forms throughout the story kept the narrative moving forward. I was able to read through it very quickly, even though it was a fairly sizeable story. Definitely recommend.
I was amazed how quickly I tore through the first 100 pages. The author does a great job quickly introducing the main characters and the main theme. It drew you in and made you want to learn more about the story.
My only disappointment was the ending. I don't want to say too much but I thought it could have been written better.
I am looking forward to reading another title by Elin Hilderbrand.
I kept putting this book to the back of my pile of books to read. I thought it was just another romance story. Boy was I wrong! This book was so good I did not want it to end. It has everything, love, hate, poison, sisters, beaches and above all a great story line.
I identified the most with Vicki, the older sister. She is the sun in this book that all the other characters revolve around. As I was reading this book I could almost feel the Nantucket beach sand in my shoes.
I am passing this book along so that other people may feel it also.
I really liked this story. I am not a what you call a fast reader. However, I read this book in 4 days and it is over 400 pages long. I also like the author's writing style. I guarantee that you will not be bored with this book.
I loved this story. The characters seemed so real, and it seemed that you knew them all personally. I don't normally like books with cancer in them, but I think I learned from this one. I hope that I could be so brave as Viki.
A fascinating story of 3 young women who spend the summer together on an island, & the men they love. Not just a chick book, as I'm a guy who enjoyed this book. Good one to read on the beach or while traveling.
I had a wonderful journey reading this book and quickly became engrossed in the lives of these women. The story also delves into the emotional horror of dealing with cancer and undergoing chemo. Emotional at times - yes - but not depressing. A really great book!
I chose this book because I liked the cover! I do that a lot, and I am usually pleasantly surprised. Barefoot was no different! I found it a little hard to get into, but once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. I was so wrapped up in the lives of the characters that I almost needed to grieve a little when it was over. It is a little sad, but it's worth it in the end. I completely I identified with the struggles that Vickie was going through, but instead of being depressing, it was so uplifting. I was not a huge fan of Melanie. I felt like she was a little vapid, but then that might have been the point. Overall, this is a good beach book or even just a sit in the backyard on a nice day book.
I had never read anything by Elin Hilderbrand. This was a great read! The three women and a fourth character kept the anticipation going. They all had great stories going but not too much information to make it a more indepth read.
I did enjoy this book and the relationships between these three women during their summer on Nantucket.
If gave a very realistic view of Vicki who is going through chemo treatment and her sister, Brenda, who reluctantly becomes the caregiver for Vicki and her young son and baby. Brenda realises she needs help and her remedy is part of the fun.
This book has everything ... girlfriends, beach, romance gone wrong, new love, romance gone right, sadness and joy.
One of the main characters was a 31-year-old mother of two young boys. The similarities between us essentially ended there, but her battle with cancer struck a nerve with me just the same. The internal and external struggles of her sister and best friend also captured my interest.
While this qualifies as beach chick lit, it wasn't predictable.
Also, it made me want to move to Nantucket, or at least a small beach town somewhere.
This was the first book I have read by Elin Hilderbrand. I must say, the first handful of pages I wasn't really into the book very much. Everyone was referred to in the book by their full name, which irritated me for some reason... but as I kept reading, the characters began to develop and you really got to know them. It's a story about women, marriage, friendships, love and hearache, parenting and rough waters.
It's interesting to watch as the lives of strangers and friends begin to intertwine and how one summer can change the lives of everyone it touches.
This book was great! Great story line and kept my interest all the way through; not just another "Harlequin Romance" book. I got this from a fellow PaperBack Swapper, am now finished so wanted to share with others. Definitely recommend. Will be looking for another Elin Hilderbrand book.
This book is about a family who have had their difficult times but when they need each other they all go to their childhood summer home on the beach and mend their problems and nurse one sister who has cancer.
I really enjoyed meeting the characters in this book.It made me long for some time at the beach. I did have mixed feelings while reading the book. I was anxious to see how the book ended but hated to get to the end...I really love Elin Hilderbrand's books.
Good story, chick lit, beach read! Compelling characters that are realistic and charming. The story revolves around this young man who becomes completely vital to each of the women in distinctive ways.
I read this book just as spring was showing its last legs and summer was just beginning to creep in an it put me in that perfect state of mind for a summer getaway. It is a wonderful book that makes you feel like you are with the women on thier trip, expieriencing the things they go through right along with them. It is a very intimate look at the three womens lives, two are sisters with life altering problems, and one is a best friend.
This is the first book that i've read by this author, and it won't be the last!!!
Of course it's a great beach read, and it's also an anytime of the year book.
Friendship, lost love, new love, and hopefully a sequel.
Three women-burdened with small children, unwieldy straw hats and some obvious emotional issues. Vicki, the mother of two young boys, is trying to sort through the news that she has a serious illness. Her sister, Brenda, has just left her prestigious job as a professor after being caught in an affair with an older student. And their friend, Melanie, following seven failed in vitro attempts, is pregnant at last but only after learning that her husband is having an affair.
Typical summer beach read book. The characters were very predictable,plot was predictable as well. If you are looking for a book that will not challenge and is easy to read for vacation you cant go wrong with this one.
A tale of three women going through their own crisis in thier lives. Vicky's story gives you an idea what cancer is like and what it does to your body/life. Melanie's story is of a marriage that misses the focus of unity and they grow apart. You will have to read it to see if they will divorce or stay together. Brenda's story will she find peace with her life. It was an easy read and very enjoyable.
I am not a chick lit reader, but I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I read it about 3 years ago and I can't remember where or why I bought it, but I still find myself thinking about it after all these years. A very fast, easy read.
If you like to read about summer/beach theme novels then this is a perfect book! Elin Hilderbrand is becoming one of my favorite authors! She writes with such detail about each character that it just draws you into them immediately. It makes you feel like you are right there living the stories. I could not hardly put this book down. This makes the 3rd book by this author that I have read & I already have requested more of her books! You will be truly delighted with this book!
Great story about two sisters, and a friend, and what each of them are going through. Cancer, losing a dream job due to having an affair with a student (and it's not what you think!), and trying to get pregnant and then finding out you have a cheating husband! It's a great read, and can be interrupted as a love story as well.
I was not as impressed with this book as I expected to be. As the reviews I read indicated it was hard to put down. I did not find that to be the case. I felt it dragged on. I also was disappointed in the immoral decision that was made. Two wrongs don't make a right. I don't want to leave the impression that it was all bad. There were some very interesting explorations of maturity and growth as well as letting go and not having to be in control of everything.
I normally read suspense, thrillers or suspense romance novels so this was definitely out of my genre. I enjoyed the book but I must say when I finished it, I couldn't get it off my mind. I loved the characters but I wanted it to end differently, not that it ended badly. It left me unsettled which is not necessarily a bad thing. I just can't explain how I felt. I've read a lot of books over the years and this book just grabbed me. I immediately went out and purchased another book by Ms. Hilderbrand "A Summer Affair" and I felt the same way after I read it. It couldn't have ended any differently but I wanted it too. I know this is a weird review and I hope it doesn't discourage you from reading her books because I defintely recommend them. I have The Castaways on my "Wish List". Ms. Hilderbrand's unique writing style, subject matter and descriptions of Nantucket keep me wanting more.
Three sisters with three different emotinal issues live out the summer in Nantucket together. One is fighting cancer, the next lost her position as as a promisng professor for dating a student, the other is pregnant and running away from her cheating husband. Tempers flare and confidence flounders, but each makes a choice that brings them back into the fold of life after the summer.