The Barefoot Summer by Carolyn Brown

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. (Taken from

This was a Kindle Unlimited find that was a gem. I really enjoyed the story and the way the author let it unfold.  The Barefoot Summer is a book about starting over, about love and finding family in the oddest of circumstances. In Brown’s story, three women discover each other, at the funeral for the same man: their husband. Each decide to retreat to their lakeside cabin in Bootleg, Texas only to run into each other there again. As all three dig in their heels and decide to stay and claim the cabin as their own, they begin a journey together that takes them places none of them would imagine. In the months that follow, these women explore the lives they thought they had, the “marriage” each had to a con man, forgiveness, letting go, and it means to be a family.


I sincerely hope that this doesn’t happen in real life, although I’ve heard stories like this before. In this story, Carolyn Brown takes a really sad issue and makes it fun. Watching the story and relationship between these women unfold is funny, touching, frustrating and lovely (if not a bit unbelievable). They enter each other’s lives (and the cabin) as enemies, and leave as family…which, while sounding crazy, is delivered in a really amazing way. It doesn’t seem forced, or fake. It is really a heartwarming story, and a randomly unexpected good read (that was free with Kindle Unlimited!).


There is no sex, very few (if any) course words. It is entertaining and I was hooked from the start. A great summer read that I’d highly recommend.

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