Sunday, January 4, 2015

book review: "a brush with love" by rachel hauck

Overcoming a childhood tragedy, Ginger emerges from the pain and trauma with a gift for bringing out the beauty in others. From the top big city salons to traveling the world as personal stylist to a country music sensation, success was almost enough to make Ginger forget her she would never be one of the beautiful people.
Almost. Now that she’s back home in Rosebud, Alabama and running her own salon, the truth remains: Ginger is still that girl, forever on the outside looking in. But she needs her confidence this weekend. She’s the acclaimed “beauty-maker” for the Alabama society wedding of the decade.
When high-school crush Tom Wells Jr. also returns to town and shows up at her shop looking for a haircut, Ginger’s thinly veiled insecurities threaten to keep her locked away from love. Despite Tom’s best efforts, Ginger can’t forget how he disappeared on her twelve years ago and broke her heart. Can she ever trust him again?
When Tom challenges her to see her own beauty, Ginger must decide if she will remained chained to the past or move freely into a new, exciting future.
I've been a fan of Rachel's for a while. And this book did not disappoint. One of the reasons I liked it so much was because of all the references she made, including the final scene in The Proposal. The biggest reference was to a song that is one of my current favorites. It's called "You Make Me Brave" by Amanda Cook. It's a beautiful song; a challenge to move beyond the shore into the waters. It was so fitting for Ginger and the struggle she went through in opening up to Tomand to God. One of my favorite parts of the book was their wedding at the end. I couldn't help but want to cry at the thought of Ginger's gift to Tom. Of wearing her dream dress despite her scars because she finally understood she was beautiful. I love how tender Tom was with Ginger. In each of their encounters through the story, he tried to follow the prompting he had from God: tell her she's beautiful. I laughed when Ginger told Tom he couldn't get in her car because he was muddy and when he went out into the street, shouting at anyone who would listen that he thought she was beautiful. This was a fun story but also held a challenge. To me, it was a challenge to not let fear hold you back. To be brave. 
I received a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. You can learn more about the book by clicking here.
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"Fire" up the romance in the new year with Rachel Hauck's newest book, A Brush with Love, by entering her Kindle Fire giveaway! And be sure to catch a sneak peek of the soon-to-be-released How to Catch a Prince!
 One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • A Brush with Love by Rachel Hauck
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway only runs for a week, 12/30 – 1/5. Winner will be announced January 6th on Rachel's blog.


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