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Barefoot: A Novel

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A book by Elin Hilderbrand

Hilderbrand's sixth novel heaps on the trauma as a substitute for realistic connection in this heady mix of beach house, cancer, affair and mom lit. Connecticut housewife Vicki, diagnosed with lung cancer, has packed up her two kids for a chemo-commuting … see full wiki

Author: Elin Hilderbrand
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Date Published: June 9, 2008
1 review about Barefoot: A Novel


  • Jun 21, 2008
I love women's fiction and was looking forward to reading Barefoot by Elin Hidenbrand. I usually read the more 'chick lit' type books, but this book sounded great and I am happy to say it did not disappoint.

Vicki, Melanie and Brenda are all bright, intelligent women, but they are also each struggling with some personal demons and when they decide to spend the summer together at the beach in Nantucket, they will find that friendship and love can really help them get through their pain and confusion.

In this charming and heartwarming story, we find our three friends in the midst of cancer treatments, cheating husbands, unplanned pregnancies and illicit love affairs. Through beautiful prose, we experience each of their pain as if it were our own - I loved the emotional descriptions that Elin Hildenbrand brings to her storytelling and I often found myself with tears in my eyes.

Our unlikely hero and ultimate wild card, Josh is well written and although he is at times, a tad "male", he fits right in with these women and together they find the love and support they all so desperately need, although at first, I wondered why he had been introduced to us at all. It all becomes clear quite early on that Josh will become the center these women are looking for and although this could have been intrusive to the storyline, the author manages to introduce it in a perfectly logical and seemless way.

Yes, this book was a tad predictable, but it was also a great read - bring the tissues with you when you do settle in and enjoy this wonderful tale.

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