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Barefoot Summer

Madison’s heart has been closed for years. But one summer can change everything. 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

This is the third Denise Hunter book I have read. No, wait, I did not read the book. I listened to it. Julie Lyles Carr was the reader and I have to say, she did a nice job. My two younger sisters and I listened to the book together. The youngest sister said she did not want to listen to this book but ended up listening to it, without complaint. To be perfectly honest, I might have fallen a sleep a few times while listening but, if I missed any, I caught myself up by re-listening, reading the parts I missed in the book, or asking my youngest sister (and she didn’t even want to listen to it but she did!).

The book was good. It was a little sad because both of the character were struggling with depression and guilt. It was a story that showed that when you are struggling with something, whether it guilt or depression, you need to get help. Both of the character need to see a counselor, in my own opinion. Everything else about the book was good. I would call this book a binge read. It was easy to listen to and not that long. Why the word binge? Well, it is because I wanted to know the ending and could not wait to listen when I got the chance. I am also intrigued with the other books in this series, since many of the characters from the other books played a part in this one.

Anyway, I would recommend this audio book. The reader did an excellent job and Denise Hunter invented a cute story. I am looking forward to reading a few more of her books. Do you have a favorite, if so, which Denise Hunter book do you recommend?


Title: Barefoot Summer

Author and her website: Denise Hunter

Reading Resolution 45: Listen to an entire book on CD.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.


Sweetbriar Cottage

Following his divorce, Noah gave up his dream job, settling at a remote horse ranch in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia, putting much-needed distance between himself and the former love of his life. But then Noah gets a letter from the IRS claiming he and Josephine are still married. When he confronts Josephine for the first time in months, they discover that she missed the final step in filing the paperwork and they are, in fact, still married. Josephine is no happier about the news than Noah. Maybe the failed marriage—and okay, the botched divorce—was her fault, but her heart was shattered right alongside his, more than he would ever believe. The sooner they put this marriage behind them, the better for both of their sakes. But when Josephine delivers the final paperwork to his ranch, the two become stranded in his cottage during the worst spring snowstorm in a decade. Being trapped with Josephine is a test of Noah’s endurance. He wrestles with resentment and an unmistakable pull to his wife—still beautiful, still brave, and still more intriguing than any woman he’s ever known.

Sweetbriar Cottage

I keep hearing about this author from my sister. She seems to like all of Denise Hunter’s books, so I wanted to give her a try. To be honest, if you want to read her books and you have not yet, I would say do not read this one first. I have read Just a Kiss so I have an idea how she writes but this book story is not like that one. The main character, Josephine, had a bad past and sad life. Hunter made her character with the “bad girl” past.   The main lesson in this book is that God forgives even the dirtiest of sinners if they ask forgiveness.

I would not recommend this book to younger reads since this story is a more mature read, since the book deals with sensitive issues.


Title: Sweetbriar Cottage

Author: Denise Hunter

Author’s Website: http://www.denisehunterbooks.com/

Reading Resolution 32: Read a book with a horse in it.

I received this book from Thomas Nelson through Netgalley for this review.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.