Thursday, July 3, 2008

Blog Tour - Love Starts with Elle

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Love Starts With Elle

(Thomas Nelson - July 8, 2008)


Rachel Hauck


Elle's living the dream-but is it her dream or his?

Elle loves life in Beaufort, South Carolina-lazy summer days on the sand bar, coastal bonfires, and dinners with friends sharing a lifetime of memories. And she's found her niche as the owner of a successful art gallery too. Life is good.

Then the dynamic pastor of her small town church sweeps her off her feet. She's never known a man like Jeremiah-one who breathes in confidence and exhales all doubt. When he proposes in the setting sunlight, Elle hands him her heart on a silver platter.

But Jeremiah's just accepted a large pastorate in a different state. If she's serious about their relationship, Elle will take "the call," too, leaving behind the people and place she loves so dearly. Elle's friendship with her new tenant, widower Heath McCord, and his young daughter make things even more complicated.

Is love transferrable across the miles? And can you take it with you when you go?

If you would like to read the first chapter, go HERE


Rachel Hauck is forty-something, a child of the '60's, '70's, '80's, '90's and '00's, who roller skated through the '70's into the '80's with Farrah Fawcet hair and a three-speed orange Camaro. She graduated from Ohio State University (Go Buckeyes!) with a degree in Journalism.

After graduation, she hired on at Harris Publishing as a software trainer, determined to see the world. She's traveled to Ireland, Spain, Venezuela, Mexico, Australia, Canada and throughout the U.S. from California to Maine.

Rachel met Tony, her husband, in '87, at church, of all places. They married in '92. They don't have any children of their own, just lots of kids-in-the-Lord and they love them all. However, they do have two very spoiled dogs and a very demanding cat.

Rachel says, "With a little help from my friends, my first book was published in '04, Lambert's Pride, a romance novel. My current release is Sweet Caroline from Thomas Nelson. Romantic Times Book Club gave both books their highest rank of 4.5 stars, with Love Starts With Elle being honored as Top Pick!"

Rachel Hauck has penned a wonderful book that makes me want to move to Beaufort and curl up on a porch swing with a sweet tea or fresh lemonade. Oh, and some of those buttery biscuits from the cafe! But life in Beaufort, while charming, is not without its complications. What does it really mean to follow God? Does it mean always conceding your hopes & desires to the other person in a relationship? As Elle wrestles with her circumstancese and her calling, she discovers a basic question about herself that must be answered: "When had she drifted into social Christianity - God as Savior but not as friend?" Only when that issue is settled does she begin to discover joy in her journey, and just what and where that journey is to be.

Happy Reading!


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