Goodreads: Michelle Sanderson may appear to be a strong, independent woman, but on the inside, she’s still the wounded girl who fled home years ago. A young army vet, Michelle returns to the quaint Blackberry Island Inn to claim her inheritance and recover from the perils of war. Instead, she finds the owner’s suite occupied by the last person she wants to see.
Carly Williams and Michelle were once inseparable, until a shocking betrayal destroyed their friendship. And now Carly is implicated in the financial disaster lurking behind the inn’s cheerful veneer.
Single mother Carly has weathered rumors, lies and secrets for a lifetime, and is finally starting to move forward with love and life. But if the Blackberry Island Inn goes under, Carly and her daughter will go with it.
To save their livelihoods, Carly and Michelle will undertake a turbulent truce. It’ll take more than a successful season to move beyond their devastating past, but with a little luck and a beautiful summer, they may just rediscover the friendship of a lifetime.
Ope’s Opinion: This is the first book in the Blackberry Island series. I read them all out of order. I read the second, third and now this one. They can each stand alone, but would be better read in order.
Once again, Susan Mallery wrote a captivating story that had you rooting for the main characters. All the other characters feel real and add so much to the story. She made me want to go stay at the inn or move to Blackberry Island.
This is a story of friendship. There is some romance, but it is not the focus of this book. I actually enjoyed the fact that this book was focus more the friendship. Towards the end of the book a dog is part of the story – it is such an awesome part of this book. I don’t want to give anything away, so that is all I will say.
Pick up this book and start reading. You will want to go ahead and get the other two books – Three Sisters and Evening Star. So much fun to read!