by Elin Hilderband
seems trite to classify a book “just” as a summer read,
especially a dynamic book like Elin Hilderbrand's Barefoot. Yet
the book is a great choice for these blistering summer days, whether
you are lazing on the beach, curled up in front of the air-conditioner
or on a plane en route to vacation. The characters will demonstrate
depth, charm and meaning to most women, and these three women in
the book wend their way into our hearts without our even being aware
of their presence.
woman has a defined personality almost from the beginning of the
tale--the two sisters, different as night and day, and the friend,
who starts out as feeling the “three's a crowd” syndrome.
Cancer, an unexpected pregnancy, and a love affair gone awry bring
the women together for a summer in Nantucket. Add to the mix two
young children, husbands that come and go, and a delightful twenty-two-year-old
male babysitter, and you have all the ingredients for a hot summer.
In more ways than one!
is buffeted with lung cancer, and in chemo there on the Island.
Her two young children, four years old and nine months, are supposed
to be cared for by their Aunt Brenda, and Vicki's friend Melanie,
but almost from the beginning it is obvious that more hands are
needed on deck to take care of the active little critters. Enter
stage right, Josh, home for the summer from college, and a budding
author who finds much grist for his mill with the three beautiful
women and the two endearing youngsters. Brenda is desperate to get
over a love affair (which cost her professorship) and writing a
screenplay based on an obscure Early-American novel. Melanie is
troubled with an unfaithful husband and an unplanned pregnancy,
which has occurred after seven attempts at in vitro!
the four characters take form and substance, it becomes apparent
that they are each equally important to each other, and to their
emergence into new lives. Each day brings different problems to
the fore, and the ongoing development of the friendships is deeply
affected by the cancer, the pregnancy and the screenplay.
the topics are often sad or serious, the tone of the novel is upbeat
and encouraging, demonstrating the power of friendship as an ongoing
constant in all our lives. Greatly recommended as not only a summer
read, but as a resident on your permanent bookshelf.
Brown and Company, Hachette Book Group USA
Chick Lit, Summer reading
NOTE: by the author of The Beach Club, Nantucket Nights,
Laura Strathman Hulka