Sunday, August 14, 2022

Barefoot Summer

Title: Barefoot Summer

Series: Chapel Springs #1

Author: Denise Hunter

Narrator: Julie Lyles Carr

Genre: Christian Fiction, Contemporary Romance,

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Source: Hoopla

Challenges: Virtual TBR, Literary Escapes

My review:

I have always enjoyed Denise Hunter's books. I have had Barefoot Summer on my TBR list for quite some time. My only regret is that I did not get to it sooner. Julie Carr did an excellent narrator.

Barefoot Summer is the perfect summer read. It has a wonderful cast of characters, deep emotional moments, and tender moments. It also has some doses of humor. The romance is sweet, slow-building, and not without its share of troubles. It has a beautiful message of forgiveness, God's love, struggles of being worthy, and an imperfect family. There is so much going on in this story, but it all comes together nicely in the end.

I loved this book and recommend it to those who love contemporary romance with elements of faith. 


Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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?


  1. I like Denise Hunter as well, but haven't read one of her books in a while. Lovely review for this one, Cindy

  2. I've only read one book by Denise Hunter but I really liked it and can't wait to read more!

    1. Lark, I haven' read anything by her that I didn't like :)

  3. This is one of my THROWBACK reads and I remember really liking it. It's been a long time now and I often wonder if I'd still feel the same, but most the time, I prefer to skip re-reads and cling to my nostalgic book love. :D

    1. Rissi, I agree, I am not much of a re-reader, although over the last year or so I have come across several that I want to re-read, which is huge for me ;)