Barefoot Summer: A Chapel Springs Romance by Denise Hunter Thomas Nelson ISBN: 978-1-4016-8700-7

It can be difficult to understand why bad things happen to good people.  The protagonists in Denise Hunter’s novel, Barefoot Summer: A Chapel Springs Romance, have had their share of heart breaks.  Madison’s twin brother died young and she has struggled to come to grips with his death.  She is plagued by nightmares and this is wreaking havoc on both her professional and personal life.  She has always felt an attraction for Beckett who as a teenager was the bad boy of Chapel Springs.  His mother had abandoned him and his sister while they were young.  His father was an alcoholic.  It was Beckett’s grandfather who raised him and his sister.  Beckett, too, harbored feelings for Madison, but for a variety of reasons a relationship hadn’t come to fruition.

As adults, Madison and Beckett’s paths cross unexpectedly.  At a charity auction Madison bids on and wins sailing lessons.  She doesn’t know how to swim and is afraid of the water. Her motivation is to honor her brother’s memory by winning the regatta he had hoped to win.  The sailing instructor is unable to honor his commitment for the lessons and asks Beckett to fill in for him.  Upon learning this, Madison is horrified as she blames Beckett for her sister’s hasty and unexplained departure from Chapel Springs.  He was the last person to see her before she left.

The author skillfully guides the reader through a well constructed story.  The characters are realistically human.  They have fears, guilt and insecurities that they struggle to overcome.  As it turns out, winning the regatta was not the only issue of the story.

This is a thoughtfully written book and reading it is a rewarding experience.  I recommend reading it.

I received this book free through BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program.  I give this review of my own free will.

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