“Barefoot Summer” Book Review

Jun 29, 2015 by

Welcome back to Rachel’s Back Talk! I apologize for not posting a review last week, but I’m so glad you could join me again. Today I am reviewing Denise Hunter’s book, Barefoot Summer. I couldn’t wait to read Denise’s new series and I wasn’t disappointed!


As is my custom, if I could ask Denise one question about Barefoot Summer, it would be — “What made you want to write about the McKinley family?” And if you want to know why I asked that question, I guess you’ll just have to read the book to find out!


And without further ado, onto Rachel’s Back Talk!


From the Back Cover:

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?


Rachel’s Back Talk:

5 – award winning covers


I couldn’t wait to kick off my sandals and go barefoot with Denise in this book! Barefoot Summer won me over, as well as the McKinley family, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the Chapel Springs series.

Madison and Beckett were SO perfect for each other (even if it took Beckett forever to realize it!!). I loved that even though Beckett thought they were too different, he was always ready to protect Madison. And Madison finally grew to love him too even if she tried to be mad at him.

And then there was Madison’s realization. Madison hurt a lot, for many different reasons and over the course of years. When she finally lets go of the past, she comes to knowledge that God can help her. I love this change in Madison!

Overall, it was a great book for anyone who enjoys Christian contempory. And if you haven’t read anything from Denise, you’ll be a new fan.


Other books by Denise I will read next:
Dancing with Fireflies (A Chapel Springs Romance)

The Wishing Season (A Chapel Springs Romance)

Married ’til Monday (A Chapel Springs Romance)

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