Book Review – Barefoot by the Sea

Posted March 12, 2015 by Kathy in 4 stars, Book Review / 2 Comments

Book Review – Barefoot by the SeaBarefoot by the Sea Series: Barefoot Bay #4
by Roxanne St. Claire
Published by Hachette Book Group on October 29, 2013
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages: 411
Format: Ebook
Source: Won
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"Pack this one in your beach bag and get ready for nonstop fun."

--- Susan Mallery, New York Times bestselling author, on Barefoot in the Sand

A Barefoot Bay Novel

When you think you know your heart's desire . . .

Tessa Galloway is a gifted nurturer-her verdant garden at Barefoot Bay's new resort is living proof. If only the woman who can grow anything could grow what she wants most: a baby. Her friends think the right guy will come along, but Tessa doesn't want to wait. All she needs is the perfect donor to make her dream come true. Then John Brown is hired at the resort. If anyone could make beautiful babies, it's this gorgeous, mysterious man. So why does Tessa suddenly find herself wanting so much more?

Can you give up all your dreams for love?

It's been three long years since John Brown had to leave his old life. Forced into the witness protection program, he's desperate to be reunited with his toddler twins. When he gets that chance, there's a catch-he must prove he's got a steady job and a new wife. Landing a gig as a chef in Barefoot Bay is easy enough. And falling for lovely Tessa is even easier. The hard part? Can he win the heart of a woman who prizes honesty-when the truth may shatter it?

My Review 4

Barefoot by the Sea is the final book of the Barefoot Bay series and the one I was waiting for. If anyone deserves a happily ever after ending it is Tessa Galloway. After a painful divorce and disappointment in being unable to conceive Tessa has given up on falling in love. Instead her focus is on having a baby through a surrogate. But her plans get an unwanted distraction the moment she meets John Brown. He’s mysterious, sexy and has “bad boy” written all over him. He is trouble but she can’t help fight the attraction. For John the attraction is mutual but he is keeping a painful secret that can destroy their chances of happiness. Ultimately it comes down to fighting for love and family, but who will they choose? You have to read this to find out!

Roxanne St. Claire’s Barefoot Bay series is one of my favorite series. There is romance, friendship and humor that kept me coming back for more. Barefoot by the Sea was everything I expected from this author. The romance between Tessa and John was steamy and heartfelt. The ladies (Lacey, Jocelyn, Zoe and Tessa) still have a strong friendship and are supportive to one another.  And there are the hilarious moments, thanks to the always crazy Zoe, that had me laughing out loud.


“Sperrrrrm.” Zoe made a disgusted face, her gaze drifting over the action in the bar. “Couldn’t man’s life force have a more inviting name? You know, like chocolate or Cabernet?”


The only problem I had was there were times the pace of the story was slow. Tessa and John have both had heartache so there was a lot of time spent on their indecision. I don’t want to spoil it but they both have hard choices to make that will impact everyone they love. Be sure to grab a tissue because there are some tear jerker moments!


Barefoot by the Sea is the final book of the series but it can be read as a standalone.  But I recommend you read all the books in order to truly understand the strong bond between these ladies. Trust me you will fall in love with Barefoot Bay! I look forward to reading the spinoff series Barefoot Bay Brides and The Barefoot Billionaires.


Overall 3



Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

About Roxanne St. Claire

I don’t know about you, but when I check out an author's bio, it’s usually because I’ve read a book I liked and wondered about the person behind it. Let's skip the formal bio and I'll give you the inside scoop on who Roxanne St. Claire really is.

First of all, call me Rocki. Everyone does. Evidently, when my mother brought me home from the hospital I seemed too scrawny and small to pull off “Roxanne” (she’d read Cyrano de Bergerac while pregnant or I would have been Judy) so they called me Rocki.

I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, the youngest of five (overachievers, every one), and fell in love with words and stories the summer I read Gone With The Wind. That year, for my twelfth birthday, my parents gave me a typewriter (with italic font – it was the coolest thing) and from that day on, I’ve had my fingers on a keyboard, pounding out love stories for fun. My AP English teacher taught me the two most important lessons an aspiring author ever needs: 1) verbs are the key to life and 2) a writer should get a real job. After attending UCLA and graduating with a degree in communications, I tried acting and television broadcasting. Oh, they aren’t real jobs? I learned that the hard way. I changed my last name from Zink to St. Claire because a news producer told me Roxanne Zink had too many harsh consonants for a TV personality – apparently Katie Couric didn’t get the memo. I got some fun gigs, and even met Tom Hanks when I did a guest appearance on Bosom Buddies. I liked on camera work, but wasn’t too crazy about starvation, so I moved to Boston and got that “real” job. In fact, I placed my foot on the bottom rung of the corporate ladder and didn’t look down until I’d climbed all the way up to the level of Senior Vice President at the world’s largest public relations firm. On the way up, I met the man of my dreams in an elevator. Two years later – in the same elevator! – he asked me to marry him and I wisely said yes.

I stayed in PR, moved to Miami, had a few babies, lost my home in a hurricane, built another one a few hours north and all along, I kept writing my “stories” for fun. One night, I read a particularly fabulous romance novel that changed my life for good. That night, I decided I wanted to make someone else feel as whole and happy as that author made me feel. (Everyone asks! It was Nobody’s Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.) With two small children and one big “real” job, writing my first novel wasn’t easy, but I did finish a manuscript that managed to get the attention of a literary agent. She told me to do one thing and one thing fast: write another book. (The first one is usually a “learner” book, honestly.) That second manuscript sold to Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Books and was released in 2003 as Tropical Getaway. Since then, I’ve written almost thirty more, in multiple genres, and long ago replaced the corporate ladder with the rollercoaster of publishing as a full-time novelist. Finally, writing is my real job.

Today, I live in a small beach community in Florida with my husband and our two teenagers, and one spectacular Australian Terrier named Pepper. When I have spare time, I spend it with my family, but also dig in the dirt with my plants, travel for business and fun, hang out with my many writer friends, and, of course, I love to read. I’m still crazy about words and stories and hope to write at least a hundred books in my lifetime. And, yes, verbs are the key to life. My favorites? Love. Work. Play.


Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2015 Reading Assignment
  • COYER Winter 2014-2015


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2 responses to “Book Review – Barefoot by the Sea

  1. Winnie

    Love your review. I really enjoyed this book and all of Roxanne St Clair’s books.

  2. BerkeleyHapa

    Enjoyed the details in your review! I also really enjoy this series, and actually all of Roxanne St. Clare’s books that I have read. I’m looking forward to reading this one.