Friday, June 21, 2013

Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter

This is a pretty good romance for summer reading.

Madison is a twenty-six year old veterinarian who still grieves the death of her twin brother a decade ago. She is plagued by nightmares and thinks she can get rid of them by fulfilling his vow to win the local sailing regatta by age twenty-seven. She stretches her finances to make the winning bid at a fund raising auction. Her reward – sailing lessons.

But a hitch in her plans arises when the fellow to give her the lessons must
find a substitute. He chooses Beckett, an engine repairman for the local marina as well as a designer and builder of sailing boats. That Beckett. The Becket who kissed Madison in high school. The kiss neither of them have forgotten.

Madison doesn't know if she can go through with this. She's angry with Beckett because of what he did to her younger sister, chasing her off. And Beckett doesn't know if he can go through this either. He is convinced he is the cause of Madison's brother's death. Besides that, he is the son of the town drunk – not boyfriend material for Madison and the fine Christian family she comes from.

The novel takes place along a Midwest river and we learn a bit about river sailing. The Christianity of the characters is well presented. I love the Kneeling Nanas! They added some humorous relief to the intense story line. An interesting theme in the novel is the pain that is caused by keeping secrets.

Hunter creates what seems like an impossible situation for the romance between Madison and Beckett to blossom. I was anxious to see how this impossible situation would be overcome. I did feel the resolution was a bit contrived. The vagueness of the ailment made it seem contrived. An actual name to the condition would have added to its credibility.

A delightful Christian romance with just a slight imperfection at the end.

Denise Hunter began writing in 1996, while her children napped. She has been writing ever since and is the author of several novels. She and her family live in Indiana. You can find out more about her at

Thomas Nelson, 336 pages.

I received a complimentary egaley of this book through a publicity group for the purpose of this review.

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