A Brush with Love by Rachel Hauck | Kindle Fire Giveaway

“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!

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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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{More about A Brush with Love}

A Brush with Love | A Year of Weddings novella (Zondervan, January 2015)

Ginger Winters is a gifted hairstylist with scars no one can see. The last thing she expects from the New Year is a new chance at love.

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.

Learn more and purchase a copy at Rachel’s website.

Rachel Hauck

{More About Rachel Hauck}

Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as “The Wedding Dress,” “Love Starts with Elle,” and “Once Upon A Prince.” She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel, “Softly and Tenderly,” one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals. She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets.

Find out more about Rachel at http://www.rachelhauck.com/.
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  • I’m  not always a huge fan of novellas, since it seems  like x a  lot of time anyway, there is not enough time to develope the characters and the story  line. And yet , they appeal to me. I am glad that I picked this one up though! Ginger  and her story pulled me in from the get go! When her high school  crush rides into town, she is forced to face her past and the visible scars it left on her. This is a beautiful story of redemption and forgiveness! I  highly  recommend  it.

  • Ginger sees herself as ugly, but spends her life making women look beautiful. Tom wants Ginger to see herself as God sees her. And Tom wants Ginger to know God.
    As the reader finishes the book, it feels like one is leaving not characters, but friends behind.
    One book by Rachel Hauck is never enough – you will want to read more, more, more!

  • I read 10 books by Rachel Hauck this year so when I received an e-mail to review her newest novella, I couldn’t pass up the chance. As always, Rachel did not disappoint. This short and sweet novella pulled at my heartstrings and definitely had me crying at the end. The story of Ginger and a old friend, Tom, was such a neat romance that crossed obstacles that seemed impossible in the beginning. Way to go, Rachel!

  • This may be the best novella I have ever read. I was pleased to see that the romance was not rushed, as is often the case. There is a very strong Christian message that is an essential part of the story. And there are memorable scenes, like getting stuck in the mud (literally). This is an encouraging story for anyone who has suffered scars in their past.

  • My favorite aspect of “A Brush with Love” is that, while it does feature a man-woman romance (and a sweet one at that), the main love story is between a scarred woman and the Savior who pursues her heart.

  • I had a very interesting and unexpected reaction to this story.

    The synopsis gave no clue whatsoever to the unique circumstances behind the “childhood tragedy” that Ginger must overcome – and normally I would NEVER reveal something so intrinsic to the plot line but it seems something has been said about it in every other review I’ve read so I have no compunction whatsoever in revealing this particular tidbit…

    Especially as I had a teacher in school with a similar experience.

    Of course… unlike Ginger, my teacher had found peace with her own scars. She did not go to great lengths to cover them up and I’m not certain I would have been so strong as she was but she had God’s grace on her side and that gave her the strength to find the beauty within.

  • I hadn’t heard that there was to be a second Year with Weddings novellas, but I was so excited to get to read the first in the series and look forward to the ones coming up over the next year. I am a sappy girl who enjoys sappy love stories and novellas are a nice little break from longer novels since they are short and can be read in a very small time span. Overall I enjoyed the story and seeing Ginger go from sad and intimidated to being strong and confident and finding true love.

  • Don’t you just love this cover? I do! And as beautiful as the cover picture is, the story that unfolds in this novella is even more beautiful. It is the story of a woman who feels that she is less worthy than other women out there. She feels less beautiful, less important, and less deserving of anyone’s love.

    The author did a superb job with this story. The characters were fully developed and I felt my heart ache for Ginger when she was treated as a second-class citizen at one point in the story. I also enjoyed seeing Tom step up and attempt to set things right. It highlighted his strong character.

  • Ginger Winters is the perfect representative for many women who for one reason or another feel less than adequate and hide behind whatever walls they have built to protect themselves from being hurt by others. Like Ginger, most of us fail to look to the Lord for our affirmation but give up when we realize we may not receive it from the people around us. Tom Wells was a wonderful hero who continuously attempted to encourage Ginger as he gently pushed her toward the Lord.

  • I enjoy reading novellas because I can usually start and finish them in one sitting. This story, I wished was longer. I know how lovely Rachel Hauck full length novels can be, and I feel there was so much here to work with.

    That being said I really liked the town of Rosebud and its residents. Ginger is a woman who needs to realize that she is beautiful, inside and out. It’s a struggle many women can relate to. Not only that but along the way in life she’s built

    Would I Recommend This Book? Yes.
    This novella in a Year of Weddings is a promising start to this series. In addition if you haven’t read Rachel Hauck’s novels yet this is a good introduction to her writing. She makes you feel for Ginger, deeply.

  • This novella (shorter ebook, not a full length story) was delightful! It didn’t feel rushed even though it was shorter and was a clean, romantic, christian fiction story.

    Ginger is a hairstylist who has body scars because of a child hood accident and who feels she is too ugly to be loved. An old high school friend comes back into town and helps her see that God’s love and peace, along with self love, can help her heal. Great reading-would recommend!

  • snidbits says:

    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 Tom…and to God. Such a great read!

  • Moments says:

    This is an excellent read to start the year off with as this time of year is usually a time for do-overs, a fresh start and a thorough cleansing and time for healing and moving on.

  • While this is a short read Hauck manages to tell us plenty about the characters in a way that makes the book flow. She packs a lot of story in this novella. I enjoyed seeing how each character finds a closer relationship with God and learns to trust his leading.

  • WORD Up! says:

    For such a short novella, this books packs in a lot of plot! Rachel Hauck paints a beautiful picture of redemption with well molded characters and sweet words. By the time you turn the last page, you will see true beauty through changed eyes. This is a great read!

  • true romance, faithfulness , courage all wrapped in one beautiful tale.

  • I found this a nice novella about a girl who has had so much turmoil in her life that she has become very distrustful and self-conscience about her appearance. Unfortunately, it is something that every woman can relate to with so much emphasis on beauty all around us. Fortunately, Tom was able to show Ginger that it does not matter what other people think. I think that this is a great short read for anyone who may have visible and/or emotional scars that they might need to overcome.

  • This book was something out of chocolate box it seemed! Very sweet with some sour parts. I highly recommend this book to those readers who are looking for great character development. Also who enjoy a healthy plot line. I just love the way this book ended! Good job Rachel Hauck!!

  • The only negative of A Brush with Love is that being a novella you finish wanting more of the story. Hauck has crafted a story that is beautiful and full of life. The story is a great quick read and that does not only pull you in but fills you with biblical truth and how Christ sees each of us. Hauck has an amazing way of turning a fiction book that teaches truth and is filled with worship. I highly recommend this book and the Wedding Novella Series.

  • This story truly touched my heart! Ginger, the main character, is a beautiful woman who is not only in possession of horrible external scars but internal as well. She has made a life for herself by making others beautiful but can she, herself, ever feel attractive again?? This is a story of hope and forgiveness! Makes you think of your own worthiness.

  • A BRUSH OF LOVE is the January book for the second year of the Year of Weddings series with Zondervan. I loved maybe half of the books in the first year of weddings and am looking forward to this second year line-up.

    Rachel Hauck is a hit or miss author for me. This book was a hit. I enjoyed getting to know Ginger, loved her sense of humor and her pride in a job well done. Tom was an absolute sweetheart, riding in on his white stallion to save the day. What a man. I loved the way he handled the old scandal when that came out—and hated the way people made a big to-do out of nothing. A beautiful faith message is included in this book. Loved it. If you love contemporary romance you will want to read A BRUSH OF LOVE.

  • I had no idea when I began reading A Brush With Love that Gina had had to overcome a horrendous childhood tragedy! I really don’t want to give anything away, but this is a very emotional… one might even say powerful… story! I knew Rachel Hauck was talented, but I was still taken by surprise when reading this wonderful novel.

    Especially as I had a friend who had a similar experience when she was a child… thankfully, my friend also survived – and went on to be a successful teacher, wife and mother.

    When I was just a young girl, my cousin who had not yet turned three years old suffered third degree burns on most of his back! It was a horrifying experience for all of us, but he survived and actually thrived. As an adult, he still carries the scars, but has never let it stop him…

  • Don’t let the novella length fool you, A Brush with Love has all the necessary requirements for a great romance. The main characters are well-developed and their relationship progresses naturally. This book also has a lot to say about true beauty and how God views His children.

    So if you want a warm read for a cold winter’s night, I suggest you pick up A Brush with Love.

    Recommended.

  • There are some really funny happens here, and this becomes quite the page-turner. Wait until you see what happens in the mud, which at first I really felt bad about!
    This could be anyone, but Ms. Hauck has placed me/you in this character’s shoes, and we deal with her pain, and happiness.

  • What’s not to love about a wedding tale? Rachel Hauck packs a lot of story into this novella. Authentic characters make it easy to connect with this charming digital book.

  • I enjoyed this novella. It’s a quick read with an unusual secret that adds conflict to the story. I loved the message of beauty and worth, and as a bonus, there is also a redemption message between mother and daughter.
    I believe romance readers will enjoy Brush With Love, too.

  • A Brush With Love was the perfect read as I was winding down from the holidays. It’s a novella so it’s kept short and sweet but still tells a great story. I enjoyed following the antics of Ginger and her high school love, Tom Wells Jr, in the quintessential southern town of Rosebud, Alabama. I was instantly engaged in the story as soon as I started reading and couldn’t wait to see where it went. I was not disappointed, the way Hauck wraps up the story so neatly and completely left nothing lacking even though it’s not a full novel.

    If you’ve never before read any of Hauck’s work, this would be a great place to start!

  • In A Brush with Love, Rachel Hauck has crafted a story of a deeply scarred woman who has it all — when it comes to making other women beautiful. However, she will never see herself as beautiful, let alone desirable to a man. She’s walled her heart and life off, even as a piece of her longs for more. Enter the hero who walked out on her 12 years earlier when his family fled town in the middle of the night.

    He’s always found her beautiful, but knows she has to accept that truth for herself. This novella is one that I wish had been longer. There was so much truth to be explored as Ginger steps into seeing her beauty first through Tom’s eyes and then through God’s. A quick read that I enj

  • Brush With Love by Rachel Hauck was a sweet story to read. I loved how this was a shorter story as well. There is something about short stories that at times makes me love them more that longer books. This is such a sweet story and it is super easy to read if you have a few hours of time to pass.

  • let me tell you that this book kept me so enthralled that I FORGOT that I wasn’t curled up with a good paperback somewhere. I felt for Ginger. She has so much talent and has come so far yet she still has that girl inside her who believes she is nothing. She believes she isn’t beautiful and isn’t worth the attention people give her. She goes home and it gets worse because of all the sights and memories. But then, out of nowhere, comes a man who has the potential to change all that. If only he is sincere. . . . if only he sticks around this time! Ginger’s old boyfriend has returned to their old hometown too. Will Ginger trust him and allow herself to be healed or will she forever stay locked in her past. Will she allow herself to have A Brush With Love or keep her heart locked up?

  • Rachel excels at contemporary romance and I enjoyed this story overall. It is a beautiful example of how fiction can touch lives, how God uses flawed people, and gives the reader opportunity for reflection. My only criticism is that this should have been a novel – and rather than a criticism, that’s really a compliment to Rachel’s writing. I longed to read more of the gradual spiritual transformation and romance that took place during the 8 months between the last chapter and epilogue. Still, this story has an important message that needs to be heard, that will touch many readers, and I don’t hesitate to recommend it.

  • This was my first experience reading one of Rachel Hauck’s books, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this short novella. Usually, I get to the end of a novella and feel like it should of been longer. But this novella left me feeling fulfilled at the end of the story. Rachel did a great job bringing the characters to life.

  • This was a cute, short read! Ginger and Tom were both great characters and I really enjoyed watching their story play out. It was cute how they had liked each other when they were younger and were able to reconnect as adults. I loved how Tom helped Ginger see that her scars didn’t define her and that not only was she beautiful in God’s eyes but his, and everyone else who loved her. It was beautiful to watch as she turned her back on the lies she’d believed all her life and accept the love of God and Tom! It was such a fun novella and I definitely recommend it!

  • “A Brush with Love” by Rachel Hauck, published by Zondervan, is a book about Ginger Winters, a young woman disfigured in a fire years ago, who has a talent for making others look beautiful. She has scars from the past, not only visible scars, but scars deep within. She has been employed by a former classmate to arrange the hair for her wedding attendants, family and also the bride. One of the groom’s attendants has come to town to be in the wedding. Ginger only remembers him as the boy who stood her up while both were in high school over twelve years ago. The novel continues as Tom tries to talk Ginger into a date and also into believing in herself. It was an ok book, I felt bogged down in a few spots.

  • Tom was such an amazing man of God! To not only see past the scars to who she really was, but to show her God’s love so she comes to Christ rather than putting his own feelings first was wonderful to see. I highly recommend it if you like romance or need a reminder about how much Jesus loves you!

  • I thought this was a very beautiful read with a very important message. I was reminded that we all have our own scars – sometimes visible, sometimes beneath the surface in our hearts. I thought the characters were very believable. I like that, while the story does have a romantic element to it, the overarching theme is between Ginger and the Lord…learning to see herself as He sees her, not as she sees herself. Major themes of redeeming love and forgiveness. Rachel is an author you will want to keep on your radar!

 

  • Andi says:

    Rachel has written a book that makes you stop and say “where is my treasure stored? And is what man thinks about me more important than what my Heavenly Father thinks about me. Both Ginger and Tom face this in two different ways
    Ginger with her looks and Tom will he fail as a pastor like his dad?
    I highly recommend this book! I actually think it’s perfect for tweens and teens, and their mom will love it too!