Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter

Barefoot Summer

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Barefoot Summer – Book Review

Have you ever met someone that you can’t forget – and can’t seem to get out of your life – no matter how hard you try?

For Madison McKinley – the upstanding, small-town veterinarian from the well-to-do, close-knit family – bad boy Beckett O’Reilly is that guy. She has known him – and done her best to avoid him – ever since they met in high school. He’s the kind of guy that that has a reputation for being trouble – the kind of guy that has a reputation for toying with a girl’s heart.

So – why does the infamous Beckett O’Reilly keep turning up in her and her family’s life?

Madison isn’t interested in Beckett O’Reilly. This summer she has big plans. Each summer, her riverside town hosts a regatta. This year, her goal is to win it for Michael – her twin brother who died in a drowning accident ten years ago. Michael dreamed of winning the regatta by age 27 and becoming the youngest winner in the race’s history.

Madison plans on winning the regatta in Michael’s honor. She knows that if she does that, everything will be better. Winning the race for Michael will bring her closure. Winning the regatta will make the nightmares that haunt her stop. Winning the title will make the grief and pain that consume her go away.

At least, that is what Madison hopes.

There’s only one problem: Madison can’t swim, can’t sail, and is deathly afraid of the water! But, Madison has a plan. She will go to auction to try to win sailing lessons from Evan Higgins, winner of the regatta for two years running.

All goes well until she shows up for her first lesson and discovers that Evan has sent a substitute teacher in his place – a certain bad boy she wants nothing to do with – a guy who hurt her sister so badly, she left town – a guy who is harboring feelings and secrets of his own.

Madison will do whatever it takes to win this race – even spend time with the deplorable Evan Beckett. The thing is – if Evan is so terrible – why can’t Madison get him out of her head?

If you like stories that explore the intricacies of human emotions and relationships – if you prefer character-based stories where the conflict is more internal than action-based – if you like seeing how God works in people’s lives – you will like Barefoot Summer – A Chapel Springs Romance by Denise Hunter.

Barefoot Summer explores how the unhealed wounds of our past can shape our emotions and color our perceptions and interactions with others – and alter our futures irrevocably if we’re not careful. A lot of readers will relate and empathize with the characters.

For me, the book started off a little slow, but the further into the book I got, the more I warmed to the story and the characters. I was surprised by the twist at the end and found the lesson in it rather eye-opening.

All in all, a nice story – one that Denise Hunter fans and contemporary romance lovers are sure to enjoy!

This book comes with a handy Reading Guide in the back of the book that is perfect for facilitating discussions during book club meetings!

About Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter

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. Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

For More Information:

  • Visit Denise’s Webiste.
  • Visit the Barefoot Summer Book Tour Page.
  • Read an Excerpt from Barefoot Summer.
  • Visit Amazon.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. I was not compensated or required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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4 Responses to “Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter”

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  1. Crystal says:

    Great review! Would love you to share your post at our Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party which has a summer theme this week! Visiting from the Freedom Fridays blog hop! 🙂

  2. Tamara says:

    Thanks for linking this post up to Ladies Only Blog Share! I think this is our first summer book review and I really wanted one! I can’t read enough in the summer.

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