If you are looking for an easy read novel to just relax this summer, Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter might be just the book for you. It is the love story of Madison McKinley and Beckett O’Reilly.
Madison is a veterinarian in the small Indiana town of Chapel Springs. To be honest, Madison irritated me. She was raised in an affluent family that was influential and things usually worked out well for her: star role in the summer theatre, popular top student, and a happy, carefree home life. My feeling was that she had an attitude of entitlement. She had experienced a family tragedy several years ago. At the age of 27 she was still blaming God. God could have stopped the tragedy from happening so Madison still was not talking to Him ten years later. Insomnia and nightmares left her feeling a loss of control. She was accustomed to doing everything well and her fatigue interfered with her work as a vet. After a mistake that could have taken a beloved dog’s life her boss made her take a leave of absence.
My father grew up the son of an alcoholic – the son of the town drunk. I heard stories about how difficult life was for him and his siblings. Consequently, I felt a great deal of empathy for Beckett who was the son of the town drunk. Beckett and his sister had numerous obstacles to overcome. In spite of this, they both grew into God-loving, competent, hard-working, intelligent adults. Beckett’s main difficulty was his lack of self-esteem. He believed that he was not worthy of Madison.
The story included sailing and preparing for a regatta along with summer theatre. It portrayed an idyllic summer life in a small town that included an amazing sounding coffee shop and a beautiful riverside park. As said, this is a good book to read during the summer, perhaps while relaxing in a hammock with an ice-cold lemonade.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
About the Book
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?
About the Author
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!
Learn more about Denise at http://www.denisehunterbooks.com
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!