Monday, June 10, 2013

This Book Room: Barefoot Summer

Madison’s heart closed the day her twin brother died.

Since losing her twin, Michael, in a drowning incident, Madison has rejected the faith he lived by. Instead, she’s devoted her life to fulfilling Michael’s dream—winning the River Sail Regatta in their small Indiana town, Chapel Springs.

As she trains for the regatta, Beckett O’Reilly is teaching Madison to swim. But he’s keeping a painful secret from her—and as they grow closer, that secret threatens to upend their lives . . . and the lives of both their families.

My thoughts: This book was a fun summer read but not very hard hitting, as some of Denise's other books have been {check out the New Heights series - so good!}. I haven't been as much of a fan of Denise's latest books, and this was somewhat the case here as well.

I felt for Madison and the struggles she faced - it can sometimes be hard to reconcile why God calls a person home before his or her loved ones are ready to say goodbye. I kind of felt, though, the struggles in this book were very on the surface. I didn't really feel Beckett or Madison's agony. I understood the situations they were in could be agonizing, but it didn't really come across to me that they themselves were in agony. The writing felt forced at times. The emotions the characters displayed did not flow naturally.

I liked the book, but I would not necessarily recommend it to others - unless you're just looking for a fun summer read. If you are, by all means, pick up this book. If you're looking for something a little more thought provoking, skip this one.

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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