The more I read of Rachel Hauck, the more I'm convinced that the woman cannot write a bad book! I enjoy every single one that I read, and A Brush with Love, the second book in the secong Year of Wedding series, is no exception. I love how, even in a novella, this author can really draw you into the story, and make you love the characters. Her stories always have a twist that makes them unique.
In this particular novella, Ginger Winters is a beautician in Rosebud, Alabama. Terribly scarred in a fire when she was just a child, Ginger now spends all of her time and effort to make others feel beautiful. But she's never forgotten Tom Wells and the night he stood her up when his family mysteriously fled the town. On one strange, snowy day Tom makes an appearance at her beauty shop and all of those memories and pain rise tot he surface. Tom was ashamed and embarrassed about leaving without a word to Ginger, and he's determined to make it up to her now. He's always thought she was beautiful and strong despite her scars. Now, he wants to introduce her to Jesus, but the only way to convince her of the Saviour's love--as well as his own--is to make her see her own beauty. But some old gossip may come between them before Tom has a chance to show Ginger her own worth.
All of Ms. Hauck's books are set in the south, and I love that about them. The southern flavor and charm shines right through. And, as always, she does a wonderful job of setting a scene. Ginger and Tom are lovable characters. One of the best things about Ms. Hauck's writing (to me) is that in these novellas, she can create a backstory very well, but she doesn't waste a lot of time on secondary characters. Although they are there, they don't take up a lot of space. I think this is one reason that even her novellas are great, even though they aren't long.
So far the second Year of Weddings has not disappointed. The end of this book has an excerpt from the third book titled, Serving Up a Sweetheart, and it sounds like it's going to be a great one, too! I can't wait to read them all!
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my review. A favorable review was not required and all opinions are my own. You can buy your copy of A Brush with Love today!