Monday, June 17, 2013

Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter

More about Barefoot Summer
Madison's heart has been closed for years. But one summer can change everything.

In the years since her twin brother's tragic drowning, Madison has struggled with her ability to trust God--or anyone else, for that matter. It was her brother's dream to win the annual River Sail Regatta in their small harbor town of Chapel Springs, Indiana. And Madison's determined to honor his legacy by making his dream her own. Maybe then she can finally find closure.

But learning to sail means learning to swim. And her instructor is Beckett O'Reilly, a man who already has two strikes against him in Madison's eyes. Being on the water terrifies Madison. But Beckett's calming presence and unwavering confidence eases her fear. And as much as she'd like to deny it, the chemistry between them is electrifying.

As her feelings for him grow, a fledging faith begins to take root in her soul, as well. With Beckett, Madison feels alive for the first time in years--carefree and confident she can win the regatta, maybe even find love.

But Beckett harbors a secret that will test the limits of their love and the depth of Madison's faith. Will their love survive summer's challenge? And will achieving her brother's dream give Madison the peace she desperately seeks?

About the Author

Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!
Learn more about Denise at her website.
Here is my review of this amazing novel:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Denise Hunter and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Barefoot Summer" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

Denise Hunter’s “Barefoot Summer” is a touching love story. Beckett O’Reilly may not have been the most wholesome character in Chapel Springs, but his feelings toward Madison McKinley have always been the purest part of him. A tragic misunderstanding leads one of Madison’s sisters to leave town, causing a riff in the already wounded McKinley family, and puts Madison and Beckett at odds. So when Madison wins sailing lessons that will help her to achieve her deceased brother’s dream, and Beckett turns up as her instructor, an already difficult situation becomes the catalyst for healing and an unexpected place to find love.

This beautifully written story weaves the past and present to unfold a tale of misunderstanding and forgiveness, family and loss, triumph and tragedy. “Barefoot Summer” is a romance that smells like the ocean and tastes like summer is a terrific way to spend a weekend. The plot unfurls like the sail of a ship, powerfully and with precision. The characters crew this story with artistry.

The book has a set of thought-provoking questions for reading group discussion. Now that I’ve read the questions and have “Inside information” about the book, I enjoyed the story even more and would definitely consider beginning a reading group just to be able to discuss this book!

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