Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Barefoot Summer

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?
I was thinking to myself, "I wish there was another Smitten book I haven't read, I could really use a Christian romance," when I opened my door to Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter, one of the Smitten authors. I received a complimentary copy of Barefoot Summer in exchange for an honest review through the Thomas Nelson Publishing Booksneeze Blogger Program. 
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is as readable and moving as Smitten and Suddenly Smitten, with flawed characters that are learning to trust again, through the grace of God. While I did find the plot to be a bit transparent, it wasn't enough to keep me from wanting to know exactly how the characters would get to where I knew they'd end. This is the first in the Chapel Spring Romance Series, and I am looking forward to the rest of the series, as I guess who the next two character will be the main storyline (I'm pretty sure I know. . . )

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