Litfuse Blog Tour + Giveaway Details: Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter

Barefoot Summer
by Denise Hunter
Copyright 2013
Thomas Nelson Publishers
ISBN: 9781401687007
The Story:
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:
Where do I begin other than to say I loved this book?! Ever since I read The Convenient Groom years ago I've been a fan of Denise Hunter. While I've enjoyed all of her books since that first experience in Nantucket, none quite lived up on the romance side of things until her latest book, Barefoot Summer.

Beckett O'Reilly is just one of those heroes and by "one of those" I mean a bit roguish, tall, dark, and handsome and oh so easy to fall in love with (*dreamy sigh* he has coal colored eyes). I could definitely see why Madison McKinley could hardly resist him! While not a perfect story, I was thoroughly engaged in the story and finished the book from cover to cover in one sitting. I thought it was a little far fetched that Madison learned to swim, restore a boat, and learn to sail all in such a short time but the rest of Madison and Beckett's story is so unique (love the setting!) and romantic that it is definitely one of my favorite story's of the year. Even with the sizzling chemistry between both characters, it was more than just a romance. As with any Christian fiction Madison and Beckett struggle with their faith and heartaches, both past and present.

Barefoot Summer is the perfect read to take with you to the beach or just to grab when you want to hole up in your reading chair with a good book! If you've read and enjoyed Denise's books in the past, you won't be disappointed. If you aren't familiar with this author this is a great book to start out with!

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~ My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

 *I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from the publisher. 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.*

Meet the Author:
Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!


Giveaway Details

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!

Happy Reading!


  1. Sounds awesome. Great review. He does sound rather easy to fall for.

  2. Thanks for the great review, Renee!

  3. Delighted you enjoyed this one also, Renee! Loved how easy the book was to read and of course, the characters were spectacular - another 2013 favorite. :)

    1. I'm so ready for the next book right now! I have been somewhat disappointed with books recently but this one was definitely AWESOME!


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