Thursday, April 3, 2014

Review: Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter

Barefoot Summer
by Denise Hunter

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 336
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Madison’s heart closed the day her twin brother died.

Since losing her twin, Michael, in a drowning incident, Madison has rejected the faith he lived by. Instead, she’s devoted her life to fulfilling Michael’s dream—winning the River Sail Regatta in their small Indiana town, Chapel Springs.

As she trains for the regatta, Beckett O’Reilly is teaching Madison to swim. But he’s keeping a painful secret from her—and as they grow closer, that secret threatens to upend their lives . . . and the lives of both their families.

Kritters Thoughts:  The first in a series about a family that has endured quite a few hard times and with their faith and each other they have weathered a few storms.  The first book centers around a twin, although she is no longer part of a pair as her twin brother Micheal died a few years ago and maybe she never fully recovered from his sudden death.  She is still living in the small town that she grew up in and is trying to fulfill his dreams.

I loved how this story set up the family, but at the same time gave Madison her due story.  It was obvious where the story was going to go, but although predictable, it was still a sweet story following a character as she found herself.  

I don't normally talk about covers because I try to have a cover not influence my read - in this case, I loved the cover and it fit the story and the feel so perfectly.  It made me hope for sunny days by a body of water!

As a side note, this book is definitely Christian fiction, but I didn't feel beat by the bible with this one, it was just generally obvious that their faith was an aspect of their lives.  

Rating: perfect beach read

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