Tuesday, December 11, 2007


I discovered this book at the library. Just one of those trips, browsing around while waiting for my children's program to end. I admit the cover was what attracted me to the book but the sign that was above the shelf helped a bit too. That sign said: "Have You Discovered A Gem Lately?".

Here's the blurb for Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand:

It's summer on Nantucket, and as the season begins, three women arrive at the local airport, observed by Josh, a local boy, home from college. Burdened with small children, unwieldy straw hats, and some obvious emotional issues, the women--two sisters and one friend--make their way tothe sisters' tiny cottage, inherited from an aunt. They're all trying to escape from something: Melanie, after seven failed in-vitro attempts, discovered her husband's infidelity and then her own pregnancy; 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 Vickie, mother to two small boys, has been diagnosed with cancer. Soon Josh is part of the chaotic household, acting as babysitter, confidant, and, eventually, something more, while the women confront their pasts and map out their futures.

Although all three women all going through their own problems, the only one that really grabbed me was Vickie's. She battling cancer, she has two small children, and for some reason it really hit home. I found her character believable, her struggle, and at times her inability to cope with her future or the lack thereof, felt so true. How can she do all she needs to do in one summer? Will the chemo help? How do you say goodbye to the people that you love the most?

This was my first book by the author, and although I didn't find it stellar, I enjoyed it. And I will definitely be looking at her other titles.

Rate: 4/5, Library book

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