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Friday, June 14, 2013

Review of Denise Hunter's Barefoot Summer

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?

My Review:

This is the first book that I've read by Denise, and I enjoyed it.   Denise writes really well and I felt that I got to know the characters pretty good.  Madison was a very likable character and her struggles with her twin brother's death were heart wrenching.  Beckett had been the bad boy during high school but he has changed.  Madison thought that Beckett had broken her younger sister's heart, so she doesn't like him very much.  When she wins sailing lessons, she and Beckett are thrown together because the guy who was supposed to give the lessons has to work.  They grow to care for each other, and end up sailing in the regatta together.  But then Beckett has to reveal a secret about Madison's twin brother's death.  Will this secret come between Madison and Beckett?  I couldn't wait till the end of the book to find out.  Madison also has to work out some issues that she has with God over her brother's death.  Very good job Denise, I look forward to reading more in the Chapel Springs series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review. 




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!

Learn more about Denise at http://www.denisehunterbooks.com

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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

BarefootSummer 

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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