I have always been a fan of Chick Lit. There is something about reading about two people who you know are meant to be together but have their misunderstandings and trials. Eventually, they work through it all to find their happy ending. Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter does not disappoint in this area.
Madison McKinley still mourns the loss of her twin brother, Michael, who had a tragic accident when he was a teenager. His dream was to be the youngest winner of the local Regatta. Madison figures that if she can realize Michael’s dream despite her fear of the water, her mourning and nightmares will stop. Beckett O’Reilly is a good man with a troubled past who cannot say no to Madison McKinley. He agrees to help her learn to sail and try to realize her dream. Will Madison be able to win the Regatta and let go of her brother’s death? Will Beckett be able to guard his heart spending so much time with Madison? And what about the secret he has kept to himself about Michael’s death?
Hunter paints a wonderful picture of the small town of Chapel Springs, Indian. The characters are engaging and you are rooting for a happy ending for everyone from the first chapter. As the title would suggest, this is a great summer beach read. I look forward to the next Chapel Springs installment next spring.
Overall, it gets four and a half out of five stars
****Thomas Nelson Publishing provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. I was not compensated in any way for either a negative or a positive review.