(He will) bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes. Isaiah 61:3
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.
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.
Rachel Hauck has become my go-to author for great inspirational contemporary romances. Her latest novella, A Brush with Love is another winner. If you are looking for a romance with a little meat on its bones, then I urge you to check out this book.
Ginger Winters bears the physical and emotional scars from her childhood. The victim of a fire at the age of 12, she has worked hard to overcome the pain and shame and has become a talented stylist, bringing out beauty in all she encounters. But Ginger doesn’t see the beauty she possesses, only the scars she keeps covered up. Tom Wells has demons from the past as well. But a calling from God has led him back to Rosebud, Alabama. Is there a way to bring beauty from ashes and to bury the past?
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. I liked, too, that the Christians in the book were not all good — sin and its ugly warts were exposed. That was a great contrast — the ugly scars inflicted by the church and the beauty produced when God cleans us up.
So if you want a warm read for a cold winter’s night, I suggest you pick up A Brush with Love.
Audience: older teens and adults.
(Thanks to LitFuse for an ebook copy of this book. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)