Title: Barefoot Beach
Author: Toby Devens
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Genre: Contemporary women’s fiction
Setting: The beach, I think maybe in Maryland?
Source: ARC from First to Read in exchange for my honest review.
Spend a summer at the beach with this enchanting and emotional story about love, loss, and the powerful bonds of female friendship…
The beach house carried some kind of spell, concocted of—I don’t know—salt air, sea grass and Old Bay seasoning that over the years had permeated its walls and floorboards. Whatever it was, the place cast fabulous magic.
For Nora Farrell, Tuckahoe, Maryland, isn’t just a summer refuge, it’s home—where she married the love of her life, decided to have a child, and has remained connected with her two closest friends. Even now, long after her husband’s passing, Nora reunites with Margo and Emine every June….
But this year, challenges invade the friends’ retreat. Even as Nora delights in teaching at her dance studio, she is shaken by the possible loss of her beach house…and by a tentative new romance. While Margo directs a musical at the Driftwood Playhouse, she finds her marriage on rocky ground. And Em, who relishes running her family’s café, struggles to handle her rebellious daughter.
With their personal dramas reaching a fever pitch, the women will discover that it isn’t only the beach that brightens their lives. Their bond with one another provides the ultimate magic.
I was set to thoroughly dislike this book even though I requested it from First to Read. I requested it because it is touted as being the perfect beach read and I was looking for something light and easy. Despite my initial misgivings, I actually enjoyed this novel.
Set in a beach town, we meet Nora. Nora’s lost her husband several years prior and has raised their son on her own. Now that he’s home from his first year in college, Nora returns for the summer to their beach house to while away the days with her two closest friends. Finally, maybe, she’s given herself permission to move on with her life.
This is very Lifetime movie-ish, but the women are likeable, strong, each in her own way, yet flawed. I enjoyed the story for what it is, a chick-lit, beach-read and would recommend it for anyone looking for a book to pop into their beach tote.