Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter (Review)

  • Paperback: 336 pages

  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 28, 2013)

  • ISBN-13: 978-1401687007

    Madison’s heart has been closed for years. But one summer can change everything.

    In the years since her twin brother’s drowning, Madison McKinley has struggled to put it behind her. Despite the support of her close-knit family and her gratifying job as a veterinarian in their riverside town, the loss still haunts her.

    To find closure, Madison sets out to fulfill her brother’s dream of winning the town’s annual regatta. But first she has to learn to sail, and fast.

    Beckett O’Reilly knows Madison is out of his league, but someone neglected to tell his heart. Now she needs his help—and he’ll give it, because he owes her far more than she’ll ever know.

    Madison will do anything—even work with the infamous Beckett O’Reilly—to reach her goal. And as much as she’d like to deny it, the chemistry between them is electrifying. As summer wanes, her feelings for him grow and a fledgling faith takes root in her heart.

    But Beckett harbors a secret that will test the limits of their new love. Can their romance survive summer’s challenges? And will achieving her brother’s dream give Madison the peace she desperately seeks?

    My Review:

    This was a great Christian summer romance book. The author did a good job developing the characters and making the plot interesting. I loved Madison and Beckett both. I could feel the tension between them in spots but its appropriate. The main plot line is Madison winning the regatta in honor of her twin brother's memory. It was his dream and she thought it might give her some peace to do it. She has horrible dreams that start affecting her work as a vet. She is confused by the faith that her brother had and his horrible death. She learns that she needs peace, faith, and love. Highly Recommended.

    Denise Hunter is the nationally published bestselling author of The Convenient Groom and The Trouble with Cowboys. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist.

    In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

    When Denise isn't writing she's busy raising three heroes-in-the making with her husband.

    You can learn more about Denise through her website or by visiting her FaceBook page at

    Review copy provided by Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

    1 comment:

    Vicki said...

    This sounds like a book I would enjoy a lot!

    Thanks for the review...I'm adding it to my list!

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