Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter…from Thomas Nelson


Book Description

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

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?


Madison McKinley is trying to find peace with her past by fulfilling her brother’s dream. Madison lost her brother ten years ago, and she is determined to be the town’s youngest winner of the annual regatta. Which will be quite difficult since she is not only scared to death of water, she is just about as scared of the only person who can teach her to sail, in order to win the regatta.

I really enjoyed this wonderful story by Denise Hunter. I love the unique characters and they all played their part so well as the story comes together. I appreciate the way Ms. Hunter takes difficult situations weaves them into the lives of her characters, and helps them to face their problems head on with the help of the Lord. You will grow to love this wonderful cast of characters as you journey with them in this unique little town of Chapel Springs. Why not pick up a copy today for a few hours of an enjoyable, entertaining read.

I received this book from the publisher Thomas Nelson, through their Booksneeze Blogger Program to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.


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Denise Hunter is the nationally published bestselling author of The Convenient Groom and The Trouble with Cowboys. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist.

In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

When Denise isn’t writing she’s busy raising three heroes-in-the making with her husband.

You can learn more about Denise through her website or by visiting her FaceBook page at


One thought on “Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter…from Thomas Nelson

  1. Great review!! I have heard so many interesting reviews about this book making me really excited to read it. Denise Hunter is definately one of my favourite authors. Have you heard about her sequel in this series?? It sounds just as exciting as this one. Hope I get to read both soon 🙂

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