New Book, Barefoot Summer, and a Giveaway from Author, Denise Hunter!

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Author Denise Hunter released the first book in a new series on June 4th and it’s a great summer read. The main storyline is about a woman training to win a boat race. Perfect for summer!

I enjoyed reading Barefoot Summer, both for the suspense of whether the main character, Madison would be able to resolve her grief after the death of her twin brother and for the romance.  Barefoot Summer is the story of misunderstandings, misplaced guilt, family loyalty, dedication, young love… all the components of an interesting tale!

Denise Hunter is celebrating her new Chapel Springs Romance series with a Summer Fun Giveaway. The first book, Barefoot Summer, is already a favorite with readers. “Hold-your-breath romance, heartache, and laugh-out-loud moments. It’s more than a good read. It’s a delight.” — Lisa


Summer: it’s all about sunny skies, star-gazing, swimming, spending time with loved ones, and living as if a small part of the weight of the world has been lifted off your shoulders.

Get ready for some serious summer fun with Denise’s 12-Day Summer Sun giveaway. From June 10-21, keep your computer near as you head to the lake or your friend’s barbecue because Denise will be giving away a summer essential each day!

About the Story

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

In the years since her twin brother’s tragic drowning, Madison has struggled with her ability to trust God–or anyone else, for that matter. It was her brother’s dream to win the annual River Sail Regatta in their small harbor town of Chapel Springs, Indiana. And Madison’s determined to honor his legacy by making his dream her own. Maybe then she can finally find closure.

But learning to sail means learning to swim. And her instructor is Beckett O’Reilly, a man who already has two strikes against him in Madison’s eyes. Being on the water terrifies Madison. But Beckett’s calming presence and unwavering confidence eases her fear. And as much as she’d like to deny it, the chemistry between them is electrifying.

As her feelings for him grow, a fledging faith begins to take root in her soul, as well. With Beckett, Madison feels alive for the first time in years–carefree and confident she can win the regatta, maybe even find love.

But Beckett harbors a secret that will test the limits of their love and the depth of Madison’s faith. Will their love survive summer’s challenge? And will achieving her brother’s dream give Madison the peace she desperately seeks?

About the Author

Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!
Disclosure: I was sent a copy of the book for review.


  1. 1
    Linda Kish says:

    I would love to win/read this book. It sounds terrific.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  2. 2
    Mary Preston says:

    BAREFOOT SUMMER does look like such a fabulous read.

  3. 3
    Debra Hall says:

    i’d love to read this book it sounds wonderful

  4. 4
    Dianna Thomas says:

    oooooooooooo lets all have a Barefoot Summer– sounds as if I should be into reading this one

  5. 5
    Dianna Thomas says:

    heres a tweet shout out—–

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