Wednesday, January 21, 2015

"A Brush With Love" by Rachel Hauck

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About this book:

  “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 she would never be one of the beautiful people. 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.

Series: Book #2 in the “A Year of Weddings 2” series. {This is part of the second series, hence the 2 at the end. This was my first book I’ve read in either series.}

Spiritual Content- Prayers; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mentions of Scriptures & Scriptures are quoted; Mentions of people in the Bible; A lot of talks, mentions of sermons & church going and great witnessing; Tom came back to Rosebud to start a Church (He felt God’s call); Tom has a very strong Faith; R.J. says that she might “have to recommit myself to Jesus and go to Tom’s church” (because he’s cute); Ginger felt betrayed by God when she was in the fire, so she’s since stepped away from God; Christian artists and music is mentioned & sung.
*Note: a mention of Mother Nature; “Ginger shuddered. Having experienced fire, she had a deathly fear of h*ll. And of the God, if He existed, who claimed He could send her there. Real or imagined, she tried to avoid ticking God off at all coats.”.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘darn’, a ‘drat’, a ‘please shut up’, a ‘oh my gosh’ and a ‘oh my word’, a ‘stupid’, a ‘wimp’, two ‘dang’s, three ‘shoot’s; “Kiss-my-grits” is said & repeated; Sarcasm; Mentions of drinking; Ginger’s heard people talking about her which has lowered her self-esteem dramatically (“Freak. Ugly. She gives me the creeps.”).  
*Note: A mention of Michael Buble, Beyonce & the movie, “The Proposal” (which is not a teen friendly movie).

Sexual Content- a ‘baby’, two ‘babe’s, two ‘sexy’s; A semi-detailed kiss; a Mention of an almost High-School kiss; Noticing another couple kissing; Touches (which are sadly, pretty detailed, mainly because Ginger has never been touched by a man before (her father left)); Noticing & Smelling; Eric studies his new wife with such adoration; *Spoiler* Ginger’s mother was rumored to have hooked-up with Tom’s father, the pastor but they never had an affair (but she admits to falling in love with the married pastor); In the Epilogue, Ginger says about how she & Tom will become one on their wedding night. *End of Spoiler*; Tom tells Ginger that her scars may have kept her from her mom’s lustful boyfriends; Love, falling in love, & the emotions. 
*Note: Tom says he needs a wife “To kick Tom’s butt when he needed it.”

-Ginger Winters
-Tom Wells, Jr.
                                         P.O.V. switches between them.
                                                        150 pages

Pre Teens-

New Teens- 
(and a half)

Early High School Teens- 

Older High School Teens-

My personal Rating-

{Add a half star for OHST who don’t think they’re beautiful due to outward appearance}
Brave. That’s my word for 2015. “You Make Me Brave” by Bethel House Music is my anthem, so to speak, for this year. Where am I going with this? In “A Brush With Love”, being brave and overcoming what others think of you is a major point. Even awesomer (it’s a word) is that my anthem is sung in this novella. I wish I could have given it a higher rating but I couldn’t do to the Sexual content.

See y’all Friday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this e-book for free from the Publisher (Zondervan Publishers) for this review.

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