Denise Hunter’s “Barefoot Summer” Summer Sun Giveaway!
Book 1: A Chapel Springs Romance Series
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
Format: Paperback - 336 pages / Kindle - 810 KB / Nook - 2 MB
Genre: Christian Fiction / Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Litfuse Publicity.
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 Book Review:
Barefoot Summer is a heartwarming story about two people who learn to come to terms with their past, overcome their issues with a renewed faith, and look towards a future filled with hope and love. Author Denise Hunter weaves an inspirational and tender story written in the third person narrative and set in the picturesque river town of Chapel Springs, Indiana, that follows the journey of self-discovery, transformation and romance of Madison McKinley and Beckett O'Reilly.
Twenty-six year old veterinarian Madison McKinley still grieves over the loss of her twin brother Michael in a drowning accident ten years ago. She wants to honor her late brother's memory by fulfilling his dream of being the youngest winner (by the age of twenty-seven) of the town's annual sailing regatta on the Ohio River, hoping that she will be able to let go of the painful past and move forward with her life. But there is one issue standing in her way: she is afraid of water, and doesn't know how to swim or sail.
Beckett O'Reilly is a reformed bad boy and son of the town drunk. Even though he has not followed in his father's footsteps, the stigma and low self-esteem still plagues him even though he has turned to God and has found his faith. Beckett has been in love with Madison McKinley since high school, but he lives on the other side of the tracks, and she is way out of his league.
Madison wins a sailing / regatta package at a local charitable auction. The package includes sailing lessons with two-time regatta winner Evan Higgins. But when Evan is unable to provide the lessons, Beckett steps in to teach Madison how to swim and sail. As the lessons progress, a mutual attraction develops between Madison and Beckett, but Beckett harbors a secret that will test their new found love. Can their relationship survive, or will the secret tear them apart? Can they come to terms with their past and learn to move forward with their lives?
Barefoot Summer is so much more than a typical summer romance story, it is a story that delves into the issues of faith, grief /loss, secrets, forgiveness, low self-esteem and inferiority complex. I loved following Madison and Beckett's journey to reconcile their issues with the past, and the slow building development of their romantic relationship. The story has enough intriguing twists and turns that keeps the reader engaged and turning the pages. The author provides the reader with the alternating perspectives of Madison and Beckett, which allows the reader to really get to know both of the characters.
Mixed with humor, sadness, drama, suspense and romance, this heartwarming story brings together two broken people who have struggled with faith and past heartache, to learn to overcome the obstacles and move forward in their lives with a renewed faith by healing grace of God.
Barefoot Summer is a lighthearted summer story filled with inspiration and romance that will lift your spirits and leave a smile on your face.
Barefoot Summer is the first book in A Chapel Springs Romance series.
RATING: 4 STARS ****
About The Author
Denise Hunter 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!
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Denise Hunter’s “Barefoot Summer” Summer Sun Giveaway!
The first book, Barefoot Summer, is already a favorite with readers. “Hold-your-breath romance, heartache, and laugh-out-loud moments. It’s more than a good read. It’s a delight.” -- Lisa
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