Year of Weddings- A Brush with Love by Rachel Hauck

I started reading the first Year of Weddings Novella collection a bit late. I had a bunch of catch-up to do, but I managed to get through them all. While I enjoyed some more than others, as a whole, I loved the collection. So, I was thrilled to see that Zondervan was releasing a second year of the Year of Weddings Novellas collection.

If you interested in the first series, here are the links to my reviews–I reviewed three novellas at a time according to their seasons:

Winter (December, January, February)

Spring (March, April, May)

Summer (June, July, August)

Fall (September, October, November)

If you are interested in my review for previous novellas of the second collection, click the link below:

December: Love at Mistletoe Inn by Cindy Kirk

**I received a copy of this book from Zondervan and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

They’ve helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples. Now twelve new couples will find themselves in the wedding spotlight in the second Year of Weddings novella collection.
This hair stylist has adorned many a bride with the perfect bridal tresses. Now, she must overcome her past in order to realize that she, too, can find true love this January.

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.

“The crazy January day it snowed in Rosebud, Alabama, Ginger Winters sensed a shift in her soul.”

-First line, A Brush with Love

Novellas are always a bit interesting. Sometimes, they are just the perfect amount of story, sometimes you truly wish there was quite a bit more. I found this novella to fall between those two types.

Characters: The main character in this story is Ginger Winters. She is a woman who has learned to live with her physical scars, the results of being trapped in a fire at a young age. She has found success and some measure of contentment. I think Ginger was very easy to relate to. While not always to the same extent, most of us have physical attributes we don’t like about ourselves–things that mar our appearances. They impact us on an emotional level that not everyone sees. For this reason, I really enjoyed meeting Ginger and getting to know her.

Storyline: This novella offered a powerful story about who we are and how we find out identity. There was a strong message about finding faith in God, and that despite our flaws, He still loves us.

My Thoughts:  I really enjoyed this story. I wish there was more to it though. But the events of the book is like watching an important episode out of a television series. There is enough backstory presented that you don’t feel like you are missing out on anything and the epilogue does a wonderful job of wrapping everything up. The bulk of the story is nicely paced, never feels rushed and doesn’t feel contrived. The story flowed well and it made for a wonderful afternoon read.

About the Author:
Rachel Hauck writes the books she loves to read. All from her two story tower.

Meanwhile, she’s hit a few best seller lists and won an award or two. She is a RITA Finalist, Christy Award Finalist and a Carol Award Winner. Hauck also penned the critically acclaimed Songbird Novels with multi-platinum country artist Sara Evans.


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