“Barefoot Summer (A Chapel Springs Romance)” by Denise Hunter
Madison is the vet in her small town of Chapel Springs. She comes from a big family, who is well known in town. Beckett is a boatman, he repairs, builds and drives boats. His family is known for being poor and his dad the town drunk. Madison is looking to enter the town’s sailing contest in memory of her twin brother. She bids at a charity auction to win lessons on sailing from a champion sailor. He ends up being too busy and Madison is forced to work with Beckett, a man she thinks hurt her sister and a man she doesn’t think she can trust.
Throughout the book Madison and Beckett learn a lot about each other and from each other. They also grow in God. Madison has a hard time trusting God after He took her brother away from her. Beckett is strong in his faith but has a hard time finding forgiveness in himself.
The book is a really sweet romance book. I found myself routing for the “bad” guy, in hopes people would start to see the good in himself, that he would start to see the good in himself. And just when I thought things were going to be perfect something would happen, trust would be broken and hearts shattered. That made me want to keep reading to hope things would get back to be good again.
This book is a summer must read for anyone who loves a good Christian romance book. With the book taking place during the summer and on the water, I think it would be a lovely book to read at the cottage or on the lake. I’m hoping with upcoming books we can look at Madison and Beckett’s lives more as well as their family.