Barefoot Summer--book review & blog tour

Barefoot Summer
by Denise Hunter

About the Book:

Madison’s heart has been closed for years. But one summer can change everything.

Barefoot Summer, Chapel Springs Romance Series #1   -     
        By: Denise Hunter
In the years since her twin brother’s drowning, Madison McKinley has struggled to put it behind her. Despite the support of her close-knit family and her gratifying job as a veterinarian in their riverside town, the loss still haunts her.

To find closure, Madison sets out to fulfill her brother’s dream of winning the town’s annual regatta. But first she has to learn to sail, and fast.

Beckett O’Reilly knows Madison is out of his league, but someone neglected to tell his heart. Now she needs his help—and he’ll give it, because he owes her far more than she’ll ever know.

Madison will do anything—even work with the infamous Beckett O’Reilly—to reach her goal. And as much as she’d like to deny it, the chemistry between them is electrifying. As summer wanes, her feelings for him grow and a fledgling faith takes root in her heart.

But Beckett harbors a secret that will test the limits of their new love. Can their romance survive summer’s challenges? And will achieving her brother’s dream give Madison the peace she desperately seeks?

My Thoughts:
The way Beckett treats Madison reminds me of my own personal love story, so naturally I loved every minute of this book (you'll have to read it to understand what I mean). The families involved are very real and the individual characters are very easy to like. 

Barefoot Summer is laid out so well. We are taken to the past as the characters remember key moments in their lives without it being confusing. They story line itself is quite intriguing and enjoyable as we read about Madison striving toward her goal and finding the peace she so desperately needs. 

God is so good to those who are willing to hand it all over to Him. His faithfulness is true to the end. Even though we don't understand why bad things happen to good people, when we surrender and admit that we cannot work it out on our own then hand it over to Him, we can rest assure that He will turn a tragedy into something good. 

Do I recommend this book? Yes, yes, and yes! 

***Thank you Litfuse Publisity Group anThomas Nelson Publishers for the free book in exchange for my honest review and for the opportunity to be a part of the blog tour.***

Get your copy of Barefoot Summer from Then swing by the blog tour HERE to see what others are saying about the book. 

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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