Saturday, June 22, 2013

Book Review: Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter

From the Publisher: 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?

My Thoughts:  There were a few things about the story that I really enjoyed.  The biggest one being the McKinley family.  The dinners outside, games of HORSE, the strong sense of family that they have... it makes you wish you had a family like that or were a part of one.  Taking a step through this book and into there lives was a treat.  The other thing I liked about the story were the characters.  The people in the town of Chapel Springs.  And Beckett... he seemed to be a wonderful guy.  His change from Bad Boy who found Christ and became a new man who still harbors secrets was good.  

I liked the bones of the book.  Madison and Beckett's history, the backstory behind it was great.  While I liked the romance in the book, some of the story of getting them together, and some other plot lines and character traits, seemed contrived for me.  

Would I Recommend This Book: I wouldn't put it at the top of the reading pile.  For some reason this one just didn't strike my fancy like some other books I've read recently.  However there were a few things I did like.  While this wasn't one of my favorite books, I would enjoy reading about more of the McKinley family.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

(I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  I am under no obligation to provide a positive review of the book.)

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