Category: Rachel Hauck

Two for you

As promised, here are two great, new titles from two dear friends, both wonderful writers who love a love story.

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 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.

I’ve been inclined. . . .

Whenever I see the cover of Sweet Caroline, my good friend Rachel Hauck’s newest book, I start humming the Neil Diamond classic and I just can’t stop. (I was a huge Diamond fan in high school – had no idea what a cracklin’ Rosie was but I loved that album where Caroline and Rosie debuted).

Well, today, Rachel stops by the Edge so we can chat about this new release, which earned a whopping 4½ stars from Romantic Times Book Reviews right from the starting gate.

What’s Sweet Caroline about in a nutsell?

For most of her life, Caroline Sweeney put the needs of others before herself. When her friends went off to college and exotic European cities, she stayed home in Beaufort to look after her Dad and brother, and whoever else needed her help. At twenty-eight, she’s invited to embark on her own adventure when a friend offers Caroline an amazing job opportunity in Barcelona.

Meanwhile, her home town is calling her to stay. Unexpectedly, Caroline inherits the run-down, money-pit Frogmore Café. Caroline must choose between a Beaufort treasure, the Frogmore Café, and the unusual Barcelona adventure. If that’s not enough, Caroline finds herself torn between two loves – a very hunky deputy Sheriff and a returning hometown boy, a country music star. In the midst of her trials, Caroline shares a lot of laughter with her friends and discovers the sweet fragrance of Jesus as He pursues her heart.

Here’s what Romantic Times Book Club wrote about Sweet Caroline: 4.5 Stars – “Hauck’s adorable novel contains the multi-layered character readers have come to expect from her books. The enjoyable story and unpredictable ending entertains and offers much to think about.”

Hey, Rachel, Where did this story idea come from?

The final product is a long way from the original story idea. Several years ago I had a thought, “What if a girl ended up hosting a TV cooking show, but she couldn’t cook?” I had the title Sweet Caroline and knew I wanted to write a book set in the beautiful South Carolina lowcountry, so I tried to put my cooking show story in Beaufort. But it didn’t work on a few levels, and I added the element of Caroline working at the Frogmore Café. In the end, I had to cut the cooking show story line to focus on Caroline’s life in Beaufort.

I also wanted to write about a woman who willingly set aside her life for others. Yes, she struggles with esteem and fears, but she is also confident enough to venture out if the right opportunity came along. But she’s content to stay home, meet the needs of others.
At the story opening, Caroline doesn’t know God or that He has a plan for her. Yet she’s spent a lot of time talking to “whoever’s up there, if anyone.” One evening Jesus introduces Himself to her. While most of us meet Jesus through hearing and watching others, Jesus is able to touch our hearts in many non-traditional ways. I opted to show that with Caroline. It was fun.

Lovely Rachel is a multi-published author living in sunny central Florida with her husband, Tony, a pastor. They have two ornery pets. She is a graduate of Ohio State University and a huge Buckeyes football fan. Rachel is past President of American Christian Fiction Writers and now serves the organization as an Advisor and she’s a LOT of fun to be around.Visit her blog and web site at

And hey, if you like stories with lots of romance threads, check out the The Christian Authors Network (CAN) online book club, You’ve Got Books. We’ve got an excerpt of Susan May Warren’s Taming Rafe this week, which also earned 4½ stars from RT. Check it out.

One more hey: Anyone else watching the Jane Austen movies on Sundays on PBS? Mansfield Park was last night. Loved it, loved it . . .