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?
Barefoot Summer is a story that well nestle deep in to your heart as it takes you through the deep valleys of brokenness, up the piercing path of forgiveness to the jubilant peaks of restoration and love. Beckett and Madison are two wounded souls irrevocably tied together by distinct moments in their adolescence: a fleeting kiss, a tragic decision, and a devastating loss. Together these moments scheme to keep these two destined people apart, but God’s plans are greater and all that is meant for evil He turns for good to bring His children back in to the folds of His healing grace and love.
Though emotionally battered, Beckett and Madison have learned to survive but not truly live. When Beckett is commissioned to aid Madison in fulfilling her brother’s dream he can no longer withhold the fierceness of his affection. He is a man that has passed through the refining fires and come out a new creation, however guilt and shame still bind him to his past indiscretions and his families ignoble reputation. In contrast, Madison’s facade of an apparently perfect life is slowly disintegrating by the pressure of her commitment to her brother’s legacy and her rejection of God in the face of grief.
With these two characters at the helm, Denise Hunter has created an unforgettable and truly emotive story that captivates with passion and purpose. The honesty in the writing is realistic and impacting. Do your heart a favour and add this gem to the top of your summer reading list!
Book 2 Coming Spring 2014!
Creative and complicated, Jade McKinley felt like a weed in a rose garden growing up in Chapel Springs. When she left, she thought she’d never look back. But now, pregnant, alone, and broke, she has no other choice but to return.
The mayor of Chapel Springs, Daniel Dawson, has been an honorary member of the McKinley family for years. While his own home life was almost non-existent, Daniel fit right into the boisterous McKinley family. He’s loved Jade for years, but she always saw him as a big brother. Now that she’s back, his feelings are stronger than ever.
As Jade attempts to settle in, nothing feels right. God seems far away, she’s hiding secrets from her family, and she’s strangely attracted to the man who’s always called her “squirt.” Finding her way home may prove more difficult than she imagined.