Rachel Hauck’s newest, Love Starts With Elle (gotta love that title) is about finidng beauty in the ashes. Here’s the story in a nutshell: Elle is the last of five sisters to find true love. So when Elle Garvey’s wide receiver-turned-pastor boyfriend, Jeremiah Franklin, proposes, she answers an enthusiastic, ‘Yes.’ That is, intil she discovers the engagement comes with unexpected sacrifices.But every relationship requires compromise, and as Jeremiah takes on a large Dallas pastorate, Elle’s life purpose and calling is challenged. As she stays behind in Beaufort, South Carolina to plan the wedding and sell her beloved art gallery, doubt shadows her engagement decision. Meanwhile, New York lawyer Heath McCord needs a change of scenery and moves with his young daughter to the low-country with dreams starting over and writing a novel.As Heath renews his hope and heart, Elle’s life begins to unravel. Crushed when Jeremiah ends their engagement, she heals morning by morning, praying in a dilapidated chapel, searching for passion and purpose. In the midst of crisis, God shows up and love blooms.
Romantic Times gave it a big thumbs up with 4.5 stars and a Top Pick rating: “Hauck is quickly making a name for herself as an insightful and thoughtfulauthor. It’s great to catch up with characters from previous novels as wellas meet new ones. Elle is vulnerable, yet wise, and the romantic angle will leave you sighing with delight.”
Of Elle, Rachel says: “Elle is a reflection of society today – very artsy and romantic, feeling oriented, living by intuition more than thought and reason. If you study the Romantic Era of the 1800’s, the landscape of society today is very much the same. We’re in a Renaissance of that time. . . Having her go on a journey of prayer really fit her emotional palette.”
Rachel Hauck is the author of 10, going on 11 novels. She lives in Florida with her hubby of sixteen years, two dogs and one ornery cat, Rachel is a graduate of Ohio State University and a huge Buckeye football fan. One day she hopes to stand on the sidelines next to Coach Tressel as a famed, acclaimed OSU alumni, beloved for her work in literature and letters. (She’s written at least a couple hundred letters in her life time.)
The third title in Susan May Warren’s Noble Legacy series is now on the shelves: Finding Stefanie is another great story written by Christy-nominated Susie-Q who has a flair for romantic suspense. Here’s the nutshell version: When she put her dreams on hold to help run the family ranch, she never imagined they would slip out of sight. Luckily for Stefanie, those dreams are about to come knocking at her door. Lincoln Cash has gained fame and fortune on the big screen, but a crippling secret leaves him one last chance to make his mark on the movie industry. With dreams of hosting a new film festival, Lincoln intends to remodel a sprawling ranch in eastern Montana to make it the new Hollywood hot spot. Unfortunately, a house fire threatens his plans. So does opposition from his new neighbor Stefanie Noble, who’s not thrilled about his Tinseltown changes. What Lincoln and Stefanie don’t know is that the fire won’t be the last disaster to threaten Lincoln or his future. Someone is out for revenge… but who? And who is the real target?
You can read the first chapter here:
Susan May Warren is the award-winning novelist of over twenty novels, many of which have won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, the ACFW Book of the Year award, and have been Rita or Christy award finalists. Her compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won her acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. She loves to write and help other writers find their voice through her www.MyBookTherapy.com boutique editing blog and services. A former missionary to Russia, Susan May Warren and her husband of 20 years, and four children, now live in a small town on Minnesota’s beautiful Lake Superior shore where they are active in their local church.
On Friday, Edglings, I hope to be able to post to you from the Sierra Nevada mountains. The Meissners are going to take in some altitude. Hope there’s Internet access somewhere in the timberline. If not, you’ll know I was thinking of you.
Ciao for now.