Thursday, June 20, 2013

Barefoot Summer Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway

I read Barefoot Summer, in exchange for honest review from Litfuse. The book was written by Denise Hunter and published by Thomas Nelson. I received a paperback copy of the book.

My Review:

I loved the book. I read over five chapters during the first read. Madison is a veterinarian. She is active in her community.  Madison is still grieving over the loss of her brother, who drowned. She wants to win a boat race, in memory of her brother, but she is afraid of water and do not know how to sail. Madison wins a raffle for sailing lessons, but due to a last minute instructor change, stuck with a person, she does not like (Beckett). Her family is divided on her racing. Beckett is battling his own demons, but still works to teach Madison, even though he will be her competition in the race.

The book is Christian-based. The scenes were descriptive. Had to read some scenes over because they was hard to handle. This was a good read and I enjoyed the book. This book was definitely not what I was expecting.

About the Book:
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?

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


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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