Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Barefoot Summer Book Review

I have a new lighthearted book to tell you about today called Barefoot Summer written by Denise Hunter.

This is an excerpt from the back of the book:
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? 
This was a very sad story to read in the beginning until Madison found a purpose to get out there and do something with her life. Losing her brother when he was 17 was hard on her. He supposedly died from a falling off of a cliff. She had a lot of nightmares about it and it affected her work so much that she had to take a leave of absence.

That was when she got the idea to restore her brother's boat and enter it into a race. With the help of Beckett, whom people thought was a lower class because of his alcoholic father and the mother left when the kid's were young. By the Grace of God, they both managed to not let all these obstacles take over their lives and they followed where God lead them.

The great thing about this story in the end was that finally Madison learned the real story about her brother's death and in a surprise turn of events, found out that another person thought it was their fault also but when new facts came to life, they realized they both were wrong.

Sometimes, we jump to conclusions about things in our lives before we have all the facts. I am a stickler for facts and have always puzzled over why people don't just come right out and ask instead of assuming something. That's one thing that irritates me in books and movies, they always have these characters running around assuming things instead of asking for an explanation.

Even if I see something, I still ask what was the meaning. An innocent hug can get blown out of control because someone did not have the courage to ask Why? What?  Instead, they form their own opinion and back away. Me, I never back away. I want answers, even if I don't like the answers, but at least I can say I got the truth before running off half cocked!

Happy Reading!
Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.