Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter
Synopsis: 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.
Review: There is a meaning behind the “barefoot” in the title that will become apparent as the story unfolds. It becomes an important part of the healing process for Madison. This story tells not only the emotional journey of Madison and Beckett, but the struggles in communicating that we all struggle with.
It would appear that because of the disparity between their families and background that they would not be attracted to one another. What brings them closer together is Madison’s heartfelt desire to win the regatta before her 27th birthday to fulfill her twins desire to do that. Her twin, Michael, passed away at the age of 17 and would never be able to realize his dream.
Madison faces seemingly insurmountable challenges to fulfill this dream, but Beckett helps her to patiently overcome them and her family is her biggest supporter.
Denise Hunter is one of my favorite authors, and although this is one of her lighter stories, you will find yourself caught up in the drama and heartache.