Monday, October 21, 2013

Review of Barefoot Summer

Summary: 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.

My Take:

Denise Hunter has a special gift for making a setting and characters come alive and burrow into your heart. I've been a bug fan of hers for a while, but this has got to be one of her very best.

Beckett is one of my favorite heroes ever. He's strong, handsome, and flawed enough to make sure we see him as human and not a superhero. I think one of the greatest ways to show love is through our time. He spent a lot of it patiently teaching Madison to not be afraid of the water and how to sail. From his point of view, none of that could benefit him. His chances with her were non-existent. She was competition in a race that he needed the winnings from. He did it because he wanted the best for her. What better example of love is there?

Madison is overwhelmed with guilt. It is blinding her to the truth about her brother, her needs and who Beckett is. She has nightmares and thinks the "fix" for her sleep problems and guilt is to fulfill the dream of her brother.

Both characters grow over the course of the book and have a very real relationship and romance. I find myself still wishing them the best as if they were people I knew. I bet they'll stay with you as well.

I got this book from the publisher in exchange for sharing my honest opinion.

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