Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Barefoot Summer

Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
May 2013
ISBN: 978-1401687007
Genre: Contemporary romance

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?

BAREFOOT SUMMER is the first book in Ms. Hunter’s A Chapel Springs Romance series, and I can’t wait for the next book to come out. I fell in love with Madison and Beckett, and my heart hurt for them as they worked through their heart-hurts and struggles.

Ms. Hunter is a stellar writer and one of my favorites. Her books always go on my keeper shelf. Set on the river, this book is a great summer read, as its about learning to swim, learning to sail, and learning to open your heart. Excellent story. 5 stars. $15.99. 336 pages. 

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Meet Denise: 
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!

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Denise Hunter said...

Thanks for the great review, Laura!

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks for the great review, Laura!

Diane Estrella said...

Great review. Thanks for sharing!

BTW-I have numerous book giveaways going on at my site if you want to stop over and take a look.

Also, I am hosting a "Best of Books" BlogHop if you'd like to check that out and sign up.

Hope you have a wonderful week!!!


Rissi said...

LOVED this book. Glad you did also lollipops. It's definitely a keeper and I cannot wait for book 2! :)