Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Brush With Love by Rachel Hauck

From the publisher:
Revealing the beauty in other women might be Ginger Winters’s specialty—but it will take an unexpected kind of love to help Ginger see the beauty in herself.
Ginger Winters drapes her hair over her right shoulder and adjusts the scarf around her neck to cover her scarred, withered skin. She’s had the scars since she was twelve, but she’ll never get used to the ugliness.
The fire changed Ginger’s life, but out of the pain and humiliation of her own disfigurement, one quality unexpectedly emerged: a gift for bringing out the beauty in other women. In a twelve-year ascent from top salon jobs in New York, Atlanta, and Nashville, Ginger traveled the world as personal stylist to country music sensation Tracie Blue. The success was almost enough to make her forget her own appearance.
Almost. Now that she’s opened her own salon in Rosebud after a dozen years away, the truth is staring Ginger in the face again: she’s still that girl, ugly and scarred, forever on the outside looking in. And this weekend she’ll be looking in as “beauty-maker” for the Alabama society wedding of the decade.
But when high-school crush Tom Wells shows up looking for a haircut, Ginger’s thinly veiled insecurities threaten to keep her from love once again . . . despite Tom’s best efforts. Can this professional beauty-maker manage to recognize the beauty in herself, or are some scars too deep to powder over?
After reading Rachel Hauck's lastest full-length novel "How To Catch A Prince"--and LOVING it, I wanted to read her latest novella.  I wasn't disappointed that I did.  
In a little over 100 pages Rachel Hauck takes you to a small town where there is a history for both Tom Wells and Ginger Winters.  Some of the drama in the story I did not expect but it added to show Tom's sincerity and Ginger's ability to totally give everything to God for healing.
This story is a romantic story with physical scars, but I believe that as readers read this novella they will resonate with scars of their own that make them feel unlovable and like they are on the edges of the society or groups that they want to be in.  Rachel Hauck created a story that readers will be able to relate to.
I appreciated that while there was romance, it was clear that Ginger and Tom both had to focus on God first, then he rest fell into place.  Also, I liked that it wasn't a whirlwind romance but one based on the past and present.
I received this e-book novella from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

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