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Publisher Description

Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Maine coast, Holly Chamberlin’s novels are a summer staple. Now she weaves a heartfelt story of past and present summers and new beginnings, as a mother and daughter reconnect after decades apart . . .
There are moments that change your entire life’s direction. For Arden Bell, owner of a cherished bookstore in the seaside hamlet of Eliot’s Corner, one such moment comes early on a summer day when she opens the door to Laura Huntington—the daughter she hasn’t seen in thirty-seven years.
Not a day has passed in which Arden hasn’t thought of the baby she glimpsed only once before her wealthy, powerful parents forced her to give her up for adoption. Shy and sheltered, Arden finally mustered the courage to leave her Maine hometown of Port George, changed her name, and has barely seen her parents since. Nor has she heard from Rob, the boy she was so passionately in love with. Now Laura’s arrival, and her inevitable questions, will propel both women on a journey to forge a new relationship and unravel the past. Amid revelations and discoveries—sometimes painful, often unexpected—they will learn the truth about a long-ago summer, and about the risks we take and sacrifices we make for love.

Fiction & Literature
June 29
Kensington Books
Kensington Publishing Corp.

Customer Reviews

akbaird ,

A great book club pick

Barefoot in the sand draws you in as you follow along Laura’s journey to find her birth mother. Laura’s adoptive mother leaves her a sealed envelope after she dies, giving her clues on who her birth mother is. Laura is divorced and has no other family left, so she decides to travel to Point Gorge, Maine, inorder to try to find her birth mom. Laura goes about it in a reporter type style by asking around this small town. Will she be able to find her mom and finally get the answers she is looking for?

Victoria Aldridge, who now goes by the name Arden Bell owns a bookstore in Point Gorge, Maine. This story goes back and forth between present day and her life of getting pregnant as a teen in the 80’s and what she had to do in order to not disgrace her wealthy family. Will she and Laura find each other in this small town?

A deeply thought provoking novel that explores adoption, love, loss, forgiveness, and second chances. A book that keeps you thinking about it long after it’s done. A great pick for book clubs! Be sure to add this to your TBR list!

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