The Barefoot Summer

The Barefoot Summer

by Carolyn Brown

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ISBN-13: 9781503941281
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 01/03/2017
Pages: 286
Sales rank: 325,886
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Carolyn Brown is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary, historical, and western romance and a RITA Award finalist. The Lullaby Sky is her eightieth published novel. She and her husband live in the small town of Davis, Oklahoma, where everyone knows everyone else, as well as what they’re doing and when—and they read the local newspaper on Wednesdays to see who got caught. Carolyn and her husband have three grown children and enough grandchildren to keep them young. When she’s not writing, she likes to sit in her gorgeous backyard with her two tomcats, Chester Fat Boy and Boots Randolph Terminator Outlaw, and watch them protect the yard from all kinds of wicked varmints like crickets, locusts, and spiders.

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The Barefoot Summer 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
chrismom More than 1 year ago
Conrad Steele is a con man who led a very secretive life. his secret was discovered during his funeral. Apparently Conrad was married to three women who find out about each other as he is being buried. Kate is the oldest in the group and a heiress. Jamie is next and had a child with Conrad and the youngest, who is also pregnant, is Amanda. Amanda is still in love with Conrad and doesn't believe that he is married to the other two women. The thread that pulls these three women together is a lakeside cabin in Bootleg, Texas. Kate, Amanda,Jamie and her daughter converge on the cabin believing they are the sole owner as Conrad's widow. As time passes, we see each of these women go through a journey of finding self worth, growth and friendship and also become a family. Learning to love themselves, opens each of these women to eventually move on and find love. Once again, Carolyn Brown has managed to write a story that made me laugh, cry and cheer on the characters. I rooted for each character to find their happy ever after and I was not disappointed. I highly recommend this book.
Chris721 More than 1 year ago
When Kate Steele's estranged husband is murdered, she is shocked at the funeral when two more wives appear! Second wife Jamie and her sweet six year old daughter Gracie, and third wife Amanda who is pregnant! All three women are suspects in Conrad's murder and all three didn't even know about the other ones. The only thing Conrad had was a cabin and on hot summer day all three women go there to stay. Over the course of the summer, the three ladies become friends. It is a story of finding out your true self, of friends who become family, and of starting over. Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for allowing me to read and review this book. I received an ARC copy of the book for an honest review.
Dianne57 More than 1 year ago
I would have to give this book 3 1/2 stars if I want to be brutally honest. I liked this book, but I was just not amazed by it. Ms Brown writes, as usual, with a horribly unlikable protagonist- in this case a dead man who is a polygamist. And adorable (sort of) antagonists -in this case the three wives Conrad left behind. Each of these wives are as different as night and day and that works to the stories advantage. Difficulties emerge when the Detective working this murder case starts having feelings for one of the suspects (one of the wives. Yes, all of the wives are initially suspects.) The reasons I have for not being amazed by this novel is that I felt that Gracie (the child of the middle wife) was just too saccharin sweet, took up to much room in the book that could have been devoted more to the romance/murder aspect and that the conflict among the wives shouldn't have been 'fixed' so quickly. I started to get a bit annoyed with Kate and her waffling; I could understand it, but the fact that she kept going over the same things over and over again was a little too much. All of that aside though -this was a read that kept me going until late in the night wanting to see how everything ended. The character's are well developed, the story was a bit unique and the mystery was, well, mysterious. This book was written with Ms Brown's usual mixing the funny and absurd with the serious and she had a good hand with giving each of our wives (Jamie, Kate and Amanda) a unique 'voice' and personality. Some author's seem to have a bit of a problem with this. If you are a fan of say, Fannie Flagg, I won't say that Ms Brown rates as highly as that - you will most likely enjoy Ms Brown's books -but she is on her way of being a very notable Southern chick-lit author with a great sense of style! ARC supplied by publisher.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
One husband, three wives, and you know there is going to be drama. I never imagined that these three women could find common ground and come to accept what Conrad did to them. Each wife was unique. ‘ Kate came from old money and was the “first wife”. She had strength and self-assurance that the other wives seemed to not have. She also was the only one that knew what a snake Conrad was. I liked her for being just another victim. She didn’t hold it over anyone’s head that she had money or that she was the first wife. She accepted that Conrad played them all for fools. I felt like she became the mother figure for the other women guiding them in moving past Conrad and finding their own strengths and happiness. Jamie was the only wife that has a daughter by Conrad and wished that he was alive for Gracie. Yet, she proved her strength by staying strong for Gracie and going for what she believed was theirs. While I was sad that Gracie lost her father, it was soon shown that he wasn’t such a great father anyways. What went straight to my heart about Jamie and Gracie is how Gracie felt about her father’s death. I think we sometimes think the little ones don’t understand or will just bounce back and forget that they don’t always understand the reasoning behind something happening to someone they loved. The last wife and the newest is Amanda. She is young and pregnant and so in love with Conrad. She is determined to keep his legacy alive for their unborn child. Slowly she realizes what a con man Conrad was and figures out how to accept that. Amanda is the baby of the group. She is the last one to understand exactly what Conrad was. Each women has the chance to start over, accept a new life, and make new friends in their journey to Bootleg. I really enjoyed reading The Barefoot Summer by Carolyn Brown and am excited to share my thoughts on this great book. I recommend picking up your own copy.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Barefoot All Summer is a sweet romantic tale as well as an entertaining cozy mystery. Kate, Amanda, and Jamie Steele were all prime suspects for the murder of Conrad Steele. Detective Kramer had a nagging feeling that one or two, or possibly all three of the widows had a hand in Conrad’s death. The Detective’s theory was that, when these women discovered that they were all married simultaneously, to Conrad Steele, they conspired to kill him. Kate, Amanda, and Jamie were furious. They all, unfortunately, decided to take refuge at the lake cabin in Bootleg, Tx. Each woman figured, of course, that the cabin belonged to her. At first, the three of them could hardly tolerate one another, but by the end of the summer, the women felt more like family than competitors. Each woman had gained something positive from living in Bootleg, Tx. Jamie had a budding romance beginning with her daughter’s best friend’s father, Paul. Amanda fell in love with Bootleg and wanted her family to grow up there. Kate felt free for the first time in her life and even contemplated selling her oil business to stay on in Bootleg. She also couldn’t stop her developing feelings for a certain rancher, Detective Kramer. Despite the fact, that Kate, Amanda, and Jamie were suspected of murdering their husband, not only did they find peace in Bootleg, Tx, they were accepted by the community as well. The Barefoot Summer is a well-written, heartwarming novel, with interesting characters and natural flowing dialogue. I very much enjoyed reading this book. Thank you, Montlake Romance Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
grammyx3 More than 1 year ago
Welcome to Bootleg, Texas! Bootleg is a small town with true small town atmosphere. The people there are friendly and helpful as well as very welcoming to three recent widows, even though all three were supposedly married to the same man. Yes, Conrad Steele was a con artist who “married” these three women and then managed to get himself murdered while buying flowers for yet another woman. The three widows, oil heiress Kate, teacher Jamie and a very pregnant Amanda all have the same idea. They travel to “their” cabin in Bootleg after the confrontational funeral of Conrad. All three are being investigated and named suspects in Conrad’s murder because the spouse, or in this case the spouses, is always suspect in such cases. Carolyn Brown takes her readers on a journey of discovery as these three women get to know each other and Jamie’s precious six-year-old daughter, Gracie. The development of their relationships as they turn from hostile and confrontational to friendship and love is a beautiful journey and a heartwarming delight to read. Once again I came away from reading a Carolyn Brown story with a “feel-good” emotion and totally agree with the author’s statement as written in this story – “Family doesn’t have to be blood, and sisters do not have to be born of the same mother.” Treat yourself to a wonderful read and let Carolyn Brown take you away to a “feel-good” place.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read from December 06 to 07, 2016 Book Info Paperback, 298 pages Expected publication: January 3rd 2017 by Montlake Romance ISBN 1503941280 (ISBN13: 9781503941281) Other Editions (3) Source:Netgalley EARC Buy book from Amazon B&N BOOK BLURB New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown returns with a heartbreakingly hilarious novel about three women who had nothing in common, except their husband. 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’s shocked that Conrad racked up two more wives without divorcing her first. The only remnant of their miserable marriage she plans to keep is their lakeside cabin in Bootleg, Texas. Unfortunately, she’s not the only woman with that idea. Fiery, 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. As does Amanda—twenty-eight, pregnant, and still weeping over the loss of her true love. On a broiling July day, 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 bright, new beginning. My Thoughts Having grown to love the contemporary cowboy romance tales that have read penned by author Carolyn Brown I was particularly intrigued by this books departure from what she normally writes. Finding out upon his death that one’s husband was a polygamist is a different way to introduce characters to each other. (view spoiler) Kate, Jamie and Amanda are three very different women whose one common denominator is of course their now deceased husband. Turns out every 7 years he married again with Kate being first, Jamie second and Amanda the latest Mrs. Steele. The three end up spending the summer together at the cabin in Bootleg, learning to share not only a small space but over time also gaining respect and affection for each other. These 3 very different women at the beginning of the story are just as likely to slap one another then ever become friends. By end of the book however they are in a totally new head space and consider each other family, not by blood but by choice. What was most enjoyable was how each woman lost herself to the peacefulness of small town life, no work stress, no reason to rush and most of all the ability to go casually barefoot when the chance presented itself A romance read with a unique twist and the home-spun flair have come to expect from author Carolyn Brown. [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]