Friday, July 04, 2008

Love Starts With Elle - Rachel Hauck


Rachel Hauck is a forty-something, a child of the '60's, '70's, '80's, '90's and '00's, who roller skated through the '70's into the '80's with Farrah Fawcet hair and a three-speed orange Camero. She graduated from Ohio State University (Go Buckeyes!) with a degree in Journalism. After graduation, she hired on at Harris Publishing as a software trainer, determined to see the world. But, she's traveled to Ireland, Spain, Venezuela, Mexico, Australia, Canada and the U.S. from California to Maine. Rachel met Tony, her husband, in '87, at church, of all places. They married in '92. They don't have any children of their own, just lots of kids-in-the-Lord and they love them all. However, they do have two very spoiled dogs, and a very demanding cat. With a little help from my friends, my first book was published in ' 04, Lambert's Pride, a romance novel.

My current release is Sweet Caroline from Thomas Nelson. Romantic Times Book Club gave both books their highest rank of 4.5 stars, with Love Starts With Elle being honored as Top Pick!

MY REVIEW: I haven't finished reading this one yet...for the sole reason of taking my time because I can't stand the thought of it being over! I'm not kidding! I loved Sweet Caroline but I think I like this one even more. Elle is so relatable, so real, and Heath and Jeremiah so.....just....yeah. You gotta see for yourself!! This is a moving, inspiring novel that does wonders for the soul, wonders for the romantic in us all, and wonders for our viewpoint on prayer. I love Rachel's books because of the inspirational thread woven throughout - like a beautiful, subtle golden string in an intricate tapetsry - its noticeable, it stands out, but it only makes the overall picture more perfect.


Elle's living the dream-but is it her dream or his? Elle loves life in Beaufort, South Carolina-lazy summer days on the sand bar, coastal bonfires, and dinners with friends sharing a lifetime of memories. And she's found her niche as the owner of a successful art gallery too. Life is good.Then the dynamic pastor of her small town church sweeps her off her feet. She's never known a man like Jeremiah-one who breathes in confidence and exhales all doubt. When he proposes in the setting sunlight, Elle hands him her heart on a silver platter.

But Jeremiah's just accepted a large pastorate in a different state. If she's serious about their relationship, Elle will take "the call," too, leaving behind the people and place she loves so dearly. Elle's friendship with her new tenant, widower Heath McCord, and his young daughter make things even more complicated.

Is love transferrable across the miles? And can you take it with you when you go?

If you would like to read the first chapter, go HERE!

To buy the book for yourself, click HERE!


Georgiana said...

I really enjoyed this book too! Even though the style is quite different, it's thoroughly enjoyable!

Rachel Hauck said...

Hey you, thanks for the words about Elle! I really appreciate you and your support!

How's that baby?

Hugs, Rachel :)