Book Review #199: The Barefoot Summer

Author: Carolyn Brown

Genre: General Fiction

Language: English

Series, if any: NA

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Date of publication: 3 January 2017

No. Of pages: 297


Leaving one widow behind is unfortunate. Leaving three widows behind is just plain despicable.

Oil heiress Kate Steele knew her not-so-dearly departed husband was a con man, but she got the shock of her life on meeting two more wives on the day of his funeral. In search of closure, she decides to take a trip to the honeymoon cabin that she shared with him in Bootleg. Only thing is, she was not the only one entertaining similar idea. 

Fiery and strong-willed Jamie wishes Conrad were still alive—so she could kill the scoundrel herself. But for their daughter’s sake, she needs that property. So does Amanda—twenty-eight and pregnant, and still weeping over the loss of her true love

All three arrive in Bootleg…with a dogged detective right behind who’s convinced that at least one of them conspired to commit murder. One momentous summer filled with revelations, quirky neighbors, and barefoot evenings on the porch offers three women the chance to make the journey from enemies to friends, and claim a new beginning.


What a wonderful book!!! There are hardly any points that I can sit and criticise about. Elegant and simple narrative style, smooth storyline, beautiful and engaging characters, and a dramatic and powerful plotline. 

The whole book shows a sense of women empowerment that was endearing to me as an idea and engaging as a reader. Three different female lead characters but the way they have been developed shows a foresight in understanding the readers. When you see three dominant female roles, you automatically assume that there is going to be lot of bitchiness and tedious pettiness, but surprisingly the arguments between them are mature and somehow act as a bridge in formkng a bond that have a lasting effect. The plot is elegant, feminine, dramatic and empowering at the same time, thereby helping the book in beckming an engaging read. 

The cover image and title may appear a bit off at the beginning, but it all comes together by the end of the book. 

My opinion: A complete package that I am going to rave and recommend. 

My rating: 5 out of 5


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