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Barefoot Summer (A Chapel Springs Romance Book 1) Kindle Edition

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"Hold-your-breath romance, heartache, and laugh-out-loud moments. It's more than a good read. It's a delight." --Lisa T. Bergren, best-selling author of Glamorous Illusions

"A compelling, romantic tale of hope, healing, and a love that's meant to be . . ." --Lisa Wingate, national best-selling author of Blue Moon Bay and Firefly Island

About the Author

Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 20 books, including "Dancing with Fireflies" and "The Convenient Groom". She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town love stories. Her readers enjoy the experience of falling in love vicariously through her characters and can expect a happily-ever-after sigh as they close the pages of her books.

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 orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are raising three boys.

You can learn more about Denise through her website DeniseHunterBooks.com or by visiting her FaceBook page at facebook.com/authordenisehunter

Product Details

  • File Size: 3065 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 4, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 4, 2013
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B7QRAYU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,769 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 25 books, including "Dancing with Fireflies" and "The Convenient Groom". She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Carol Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town love stories. Her readers enjoy the experience of falling in love vicariously through her characters and can expect a happily-ever-after sigh as they close the pages of her books.

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 orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking good coffee, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband have three boys and are rapidly approaching an empty nest.

You can learn more about Denise through her website www.DeniseHunterBooks.com or by visiting her FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/authordenisehunter

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Denise Hunter is one of my favorite authors. Her writing is fun, romantic, God centered, and entertaining. This book is no exception, it is the perfect summer read. Madison has held a lot of pain from the loss of her twin brother and decides she needs to make her brother's dream come true. Afraid of water and unable to swim she signs up for sailing lessons and fixes up her brother's boat. Much to her dismay she discovers the man she set lessons up with is unable to teach her, someone is sent in his place. As the story continues, Madison grows and confronts her past, even when secrets come out in the open.

I really loved this book, I read it in one evening. Fun characters, believable story line, and I really liked Madison's family. Highly recommend!

"I received this book from Litfuse for free in exchange for an honest review."
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter. It is an easy read that you don't want to put down until you have finished the book. The characters are well developed and there is a bit of mystery surrounding the hero that makes you wonder how things will work out between him and the heroine.

Madison McKinley, a vet, has to face her biggest fear to meet her goal that she has set for herself - to win the Sailing Regatta before she turns 27; a goal that originally was the goal of her deceased twin brother. In order to meet her goal, she must win the bid for sailing lessons that are being auctioned off. She wins the bid, but her plans backfire on her when the instructor has some family emergencies and asks Beckett O'Reilly to teach the lessons. While Madison has had a crush on Beckett since high school, she blames him for her sister, Jade's, disappearance, and is Madison's biggest rival for winning the Sailing Regatta. Beckett also has feelings for Madison, but blames himself for her twin brother's death and feels that he isn't worthy of her due to his family background. Will Madison and Beckett be able to overcome the obstacles and find love? What will happen to Madison's dream when her partner for the Regatta has an emergency and can't make it? Will she still be able to sail or will she have to give up on her dreams?

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson through the BookSneeze® book review bloggers program. 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 255.
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Denise Hunter has done it again. Great book. Great story. And the best part, with the large McKinley family there will (hopefully) be lots of books in the series.

Beckett O'Reilly is the son of the town drink. The former high school bad boy (who doesn't love a bad boy) who later turned to God. He has been in love with Madison McKinley since high school, but she was way out of his league.

Madison has been grieving her twin brother, Michael's, death for 10 years. She is so angry that God took Michael that she's closed her heart to him, and everyone else.

Madison's hopeful winning the sailing regatta, something Michael wanted to do, will put an end to the hurt and pain caused by his death. There's just one small problem, she doesn't know how to sail, and she's afraid of water. She turns to Beckett for help. And the sparks fly ... In more ways than one.

Adored Beckett. Madison, not as much. At least in the beginning. The ending was a sigh type of ending. I can't wait for the next book.
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The first half of this book was too slow. The author doled out the backstory piece by piece which took up too much print. I was starting to get bored with the book and would have put it down if not for this review. The second half the of the book was interesting and exciting. The pace of the story started to pick up and the story line was finally interesting.

The story is about Madison McKinley who struggles with the loss of her twin brother who died tragically 10 years ago. She stuffed her emotions and tried to move with life, but that never works. She finally has to face her emotions and the truth of what happened. When she does, she finds hope.

I liked the story, but I wish the backstory was not so slow in developing. I still recommend the book because of how the characters had to deal with real emotions and face real truths in their lives.

Thomas Nelson provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for this review which I freely give.
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Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter is a delightful Christian romance novel. Madison is a vet with a close family, but is still grieving over the death of her twin brother who died suddenly as a teenager. His dream was to win the Ragatta (annual sailing race) before his 27th birthday. Madison suffers from nightmares related to his death and thinks that if she wins the race with his boat, it will put an end to them. Beckett teaches her how to swim and how to sail and they both experience chemistry between them. Beckett doesn't feel he's good enough for Madison because he had a lot of family issues. Madison tries to deny her attraction to him because of his reputation from high school and the incident between him and her sister for starters.

This is a light, enjoyable read with some exciting parts. I could easily identify with Madison's feelings when she was learning to swim and although the ending is predictable, it did have a surprise along the way. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys Christian romance novels or sailing.
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