Today, Wednesday, July 25th from 1PM-2PM (ET) we welcome Elin Hilderbrand for a live chat as our â€œAsk The Authorâ€ guest on Gather.com. Join the discussion on Elin's new novel Barefoot...
This summer, everything will change . . .Â Three women -- burdened with small children, unwieldy straw hats, and some obvious emotional issues -- tumble onto the Nantucket airport tarmac one hot June afternoon. Vicki, the mother of two young boys, is trying to sort through the news that she has a serious illness. Her sister, Brenda, has just left her prestigious job as a professor after being caught in an affair with an older student. And their friend Melanie, after seven failed in-vitro attempts, is pregnant at last -- but only after learning that her husband is having an affair. They have come to escape, enjoy the sun, and relax in Nantucketâ€™s calming air. But the sweet cottage that has been in the family for ages may not be big enough to contain this hurricane of emotion sweeping through it.
Into the house, into their lives, steps twenty-two-year-old native Josh Flynn. Faced with an unpromising summer -- more late-night calls from his ex-girlfriend, more days working for his father at the airport --Josh canâ€™t wait for the start of his senior year of college. Brenda hits upon an unlikely rescue for all concerned: she arranges for Josh to babysit Vickiâ€™s boys, and in no time itâ€™s hard for the women to imagine their lives without him. He provides Vicki with free time, encourages Brendaâ€™s writing, and challenges Melanie to follow her heart. Josh needs them, too. But is he, like the summer, just a distraction from the daunting choices that lie ahead? As Vicki, Brenda, and Melanie come to depend on each other, will they be able to survive on their own?Â Â
Barefoot weaves these four lives together in a story with irresistible sweep and scope. Capturing both the power with which love can turn lives upside down and the enduring force of family, home, and place, Elin Hilderbrand has written a novel that is as fun and memorable and bittersweet as that one perfect day of summer.Â Â
About the Author:Â
Elin Hilderbrand has lived on Nantucket for fourteen years. She has written about the island in Barefoot and her five previous novels not only because it is her home but because it provides a rich ecological and historical background for her characters. Hilderbrand is married to hotel manager Chip Cunningham and they have three young children. Ms. Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.Â
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