Monday, June 17, 2013

Book Review: "Barefoot Summer" by Denise Hunter

Barefoot Summer Denise Hunter
Published: May 28, 2013
ISBN-10: 1401687008
Genre: Christian Fiction
Source: LitFuse Publicity Group
Recommended for readers looking for a light Christian Romance

In the years since her twin brothers drowning, Madison McKinley has struggled to put it behind her.  Despite the support of her close-knit family and her gratifying job as 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: 
Barefoot Summer is a light read--and I'm not saying that as a criticism, only as a fact.  There is nothing wrong with lighter books...sometimes a light read is just what the doctor ordered.  And, Barefoot Summer, was an entertaining read for me.

Probably the best thing about this book, for me, were the main characters.  Madison is wholly believable as the naive young woman who is haunted by her brother's death and going through a crisis of faith.  I found their romance to be sweet, albeit predictable, and I rooted for both characters.

However, I do have some criticisms of the book.  For one, there are too many minor characters in it.  I had a hard time keeping track of who was who.  It also took me some time to get comfortable with this book.  Barefoot Summer is the first in a new series but it felt like I was reading a book somewhere out of the middle of the series.  At first there were so many loose ends that came without explanation that I just felt confused.  Finally, I really felt that some of the plot twists were unbelievable.  The plot definitely needed a bit of trimming.

For a light read, I was entertained.  However, I fear the flaws I mentioned may prevent me from reading later books in the series.

I received a copy of this book to review from LitFuse Publicity Group.  All opinions are mine, and mine alone, and I received no other compensation for this review.

Denise Hunter is celebrating her new Chapel Springs Romance series with a Summer Fun Giveaway. The first book, Barefoot Summer, is already a favorite with readers. “Hold-your-breath romance, heartache, and laugh-out-loud moments. It’s more than a good read. It’s a delight.” -- Lisa
Summer: it’s all about sunny skies, star-gazing, swimming, spending time with loved ones, and living as if a small part of the weight of the world has been lifted off your shoulders.

Get ready for some serious summer fun with Denise’s 12-Day Summer Sun giveaway. From June 10-21, keep your computer near as you head to the lake or your friend’s barbecue because Denise will be giving away a summer essential each day!


  1. I do love light reads during the summer months. Lots of fond memories of laying out in my yard, getting some sun, and reading sweet romantic novels. Great review.

  2. That's too bad that the book couldn't get it together with all the characters, and the loose ends sound frustrating when it is supposed to be light, and I don't mind if there are not a lot of characters as long as I really like the ones I am shown. If any, having a bit more depth with the main characters is better than throwing in more names I'm trying to track!

  3. Light reads are the best for summertime. I'll have to check this one out!