Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter

About the Book
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 Thoughts
I have enjoyed every book that I've read on Denise Hunter's and Barefoot Summer was no different. Due to a lack of planning on my part I ended up just starting this book last night and since my review was due today I finished it within a twelve hour window. But even if I hadn't been rushed this book would have been hard to put down. This author has a talent for coming up with rather unique story ideas and this book definitely qualified. The sailing aspect was really cool and something I don't think I've seen before. I loved both of the main characters a lot. Beckett (I really like that name btw) was the former not-so-bad "bad boy" who grew up to be a rather remarkable guy. I loved watching him interact with his family members and his care for them no matter how difficult they were, his selflessness was definitely something to be admired. Madison was one of those characters who your heart broke for and I could really feel her emotions. From the raw pain she couldn't shake to the love for Beckett that she was afraid to acknowledge, it all just felt so real. Normally when characters have feelings for each other but are afraid of revealing them it can drive me a little crazy but it worked perfectly in this story and I actually liked that aspect. Overall this book was beautiful and I highly recommend it!

About the Author
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

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


Denise Hunter is celebrating her new Chapel Springs Romance series with a Summer Fun 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

Summer: it’s all about sunny skies, star-gazing, swimming, spending time with loved ones, and living as if a small part of the weight of the world has been lifted off your shoulders.

Get ready for some serious summer fun with Denise’s 12-Day Summer Sun giveaway. From June 10-21, keep your computer near as you head to the lake or your friend’s barbecue because Denise will be giving away a summer essential each day!


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