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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Book Review: Barefoot Summer

This book was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.

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?

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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My Opinion
Denise Hunter is one of my favorite romance fiction authors and so I was really excited to read her newest book, Barefoot Summer! With the weather warming up (finally!), the title and description made it sound like the perfect summer pull up a beach chair, soak up some rays, and go to my "happy" place!

And a very happy place it was! I love a great romance and Barefoot Summer definitely was that! But what made this book so great to read is that it went beyond just romance. I loved the underlying themes of trusting God, forgiveness, fear, faith...all emotions I go through in my own life so I could definitely relate to the characters!

This book was one I couldn't put down and I definitely recommend Barefoot Summer (as I do ALL of Denise Hunter's books!) as the book you bring on your summer vacation, trip to the beach or pool, or relaxing weekend read!

Buy It: You can purchase Barefoot Summer for $12.13 from

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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* Disclosure - This book was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*