Monday, June 17, 2013

Blog Tour: Barefoot Summer

About the Book:
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 Comments:
One thing I've seen a lot of spiritual writers say is that we all have a God-shaped hole in our heart.  Some of us allow God to fill it; others try sex, alcohol, drugs, work, or even seemingly good things like our children our our spouse.  Madison blames the God-shaped hole in her heart on the death of her twin, and blames the death of her twin on God.  The hole in her heart is giving her nightmares and otherwise interfering with her life, but she thinks that living her twin's dream will fill the hole.  Of course, she is wrong.  

While Madison is part of a large loving family headed by the mayor of the town, Beckett is the son of the town drunk, a former "bad boy" who has done jail time.  He has filled the God-shaped hole in his heart with God and now is looking for human love--but he isn't sure he is lovable.  

This book deals with both the romance between Madison and Beckett as well as Madison's attempt to fill the God-shaped hole in heart.  I enjoyed the story and give it a B+.  I'd like to thank the folks at Litfuse for sending me a complimentary review copy.  

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!

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