June 20, 2013

Barefoot Summer


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by Denise Hunter
Christian Non-Fiction
Madison's heart has been closed for years. But one summer can change everything.

Goodreads Description:

Madison’s heart closed the day her twin brother died.

Since losing her twin, Michael, in a drowning incident, Madison has rejected the faith he lived by. Instead, she’s devoted her life to fulfilling Michael’s dream—winning the River Sail Regatta in their small Indiana town, Chapel Springs.

As she trains for the regatta, Beckett O’Reilly is teaching Madison to swim. But he’s keeping a painful secret from her—and as they grow closer, that secret threatens to upend their lives . . . and the lives of both their families.


I’ve read Smitten and SecretlySmitten, which Denise Hunter co-wrote, so I was already a Hunter-fan before I received Barefoot Summer from the BookSneeze blogger program. (And an author quote from Lisa Wingate on the cover was a lure!) I couldn’t wait to read another one of her tales, and I have to say, I wasn’t disappointed! With a dreamy hero, relatable heroine, and moving story—what’s not to love?

This page-turner is filled with tension, compassion, romance, and vulnerability. Chapel Springs feels like a real place—and I want to go there. Loved it!

Cover: Love it
Title: Love it
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 336
Pace: Great
First Line: Madison McKinley scanned the crowded town hall, wondering how many of her friends and neighbors she’d have to fight to get what she came for.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the Advanced Review Copy free from the BookSneeze book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255