I love to read (in case you haven’t guessed by now!) When summer hits, I really enjoy having some quick reads that will entertain me and sometimes get a little thinking going in my brain. Unlike some friends, I prefer my romance stories a little on the clean side and therefore am happy to review titles like Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter.
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 Thoughts on Barefoot Summer
I absolutely loved reading this story. This did not surprise me as I’ve really enjoyed other titles by Denise Hunter which I’ve had the privilege to review (A Cowboy’s Touch, The Accidental Bride and Secretly Smitten.) The setting and characters are developed enough to rope you in, but leave room for future works to further develop them. And, the underlying messages of the novel fit with the Christian faith.
While I can not completely relate to Madison’s life (as I do not have any deceased siblings), I could empathize with her feeling haunted by something in the past and not knowing how to move forward. Denise did a wonderful job expressing both Madison and Beckett’s pain as well as longing for a happier tomorrow. And, through the romantic tension which leaves its constant simmer for full on attraction, the message of God being the Great Physician who can heal us comes through the pages.
What Barefoot Summer has done for me is to create a longing for more. Now I have to patiently wait for another ‘chapter’ in the Chapel Springs Romance series to be written. In the meantime, I might be seeking out other books by Denise which I have not read yet.
What’s one of your favorite genres of books to read in the summer?
Have you ever felt such pain that you needed someone to lead you to God’s healing touch like Madison experiences in the story?
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!