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Thursday, June 20, 2013

(Sailing, Sun, & Salvation) Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter

Besides the fact that Barefoot Summer is a wonderful summertime read it's also filled with sailing, sun, and more than one story of salvation. This is the perfect book to curl up with in a big chair with lemonade or sweet tea and spend the afternoon getting lost in Madison & Beckett's world. I thoroughly enjoyed soaking up this wonderful story in one sitting!

Madison has been struggling with nightmares since losing her twin brother and she believes if she fulfills his dream of winning the regatta she will find the peace she's been searching for and the nightmares will go away. After winning sailing lessons with Evan, the winner of the regatta the past two years, she shows up for her first lesson to find Beckett waiting for her. Beckett is responsible for the best kiss of Madison's life that took place in high school and she's convinced Beckett hasn't thought twice about that night since it happened. Madison and Beckett are both shocked to learn that there's more to appearances than meets the eye and what they believe they know about each other turns out to be far from reality. As the regatta draws near Madison finds herself distracted from work, still having nightmares, and battling her growing feelings for Beckett. Will his secret ruin what they might have? Can Madison find peace by fulfilling her twin's dream?

I really hope you all enjoy this book as much as I do. A fear of water is something I've struggled with my entire life so her swimming lessons were something I could personally relate to. Madison's search for peace is something I've witnessed in friends and quite often people wait until they are at the end of their rope before turning to God to find the peace they've been searching for.

 Book Info 
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?

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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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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!
I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

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