Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Book Review/Giveaway: Love Starts With Elle *EXTENDED*


When I got the opportunity to read Rachel Hauck's Love Starts with Elle, I honestly wasn't too sure if I'd like it. It's usually suspense and action that keep me turning the pages, and I didn't think this "heartwarming romance novel" would have much of that.

Boy was I wrong! From the first chapter, I fell in love with Elle, and my heart felt every twirl on the roller coaster of her life in Beaufort South Carolina! I tore through the pages, as I was hoping and cheering for her. And by the end, I was in tears. It's a wonderful story of God's grace and provision for us

In her own words, Rachel is "a forty-something, a child of the '60's, '70's, '80's, '90's and '00's. She roller skated through the '70's into the '80's with Farrah Fawcet hair and a three-speed orange Camero."

Her books include Sweet Caroline and Love Starts With Elle, among others, from Thomas Nelson. Romantic Times Book Club gave both books their highest rank of 4.5 stars, with Elle's story being honored as Top Pick!

Here's the scoop:

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?

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Wanna win my copy? I'd love to pass it along, so you can see for yourself!
  • Leave a comment on this post, to enter to win.
  • If you are a Real Life Review Subscriber, you get an extra entry
  • If you follow me on Twitter, you get a third chance. Leave a third comment!
  • The contest is open through Thursday, October 16, the winner will be announced Friday.
For another chance to win, visit the Blog Tour Post, and read others' reviews as well!

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35 comments:

Niki said...

IT's been sooo long since I read a romance novel.

Niki said...

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Rebekah (the_littleminx) said...

This sounds like a really sweet read. And for you to have been so uncertain, yet come out loving it makes me all the more interested in reading it. =)

Thanks for the entry!

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Rebekah (the_littleminx) said...

Just subscribed to your e-feed. Thanks!

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Amber alc_sabre at hotmail dot com said...

Sounds like wonderful books!

Amy said...

Sounds like a great book. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks.

Gidget said...

I loved Sweet Caroline, so I guess I'll just have to read this too! Would love to win it free! :)

Gidget said...

I'm a subscriber to Real Life...

Gidget said...

And I'm a twitter follower!

Yan said...

I would love to read this book!

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Yan said...

I've subscribed =)

Judy said...

Ooo I've just subscribed, and I would love to be entered.

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windycindy said...

Hello, This story line of this book sounds like the perfect fall book read. I enjoy sitting by our fireplace and reading a wonderful book. Please enter me in your delightful book giveaway drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
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windycindy said...

I am a happy email subscriber! Again,thanks.....Cindi
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AmandaSue said...

Sounds like a wonderful book, please enter me, thanks!

Baba said...

I don't usually like romance novels, but this sound interesting to read.

I subscribe

Morgan said...

It was so fun to see that you had Rachel's book reviewed on your blog. Rachel is Matt's cousin, and she is a really cool, fun person who loves God and who loves writing. It's so exciting to see her writing really starting to take off. I remember 8-10 years ago when writing books was a huge dream for her, and she was going to conferences and practicing and learning as much as she could. She has worked so hard, and it's awesome to see her talents and her heart for God coming togehter. Morgan

piece of me said...

I would love to read this, I have been to where the novel takes place.
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jenna said...

I would love a chance to win!
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Following you on Twitter! (Mama_Bird)
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mrs.mommyy said...

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mrs.mommyy said...

would love to be entered- would love to read this

Mama Zen said...

This sounds like a fun read!

Kimberly said...

I'm like you, I don't often read romance novels. I'm into the true crime, thriller, scary books.I don't often pick up and read a book from the romanace genre, however this books sounds very interesting. Just the brief little description you gave is enough to pique my interest.

Thank you for this giveaway.

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Kimberly said...

I also subcribed.

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- Marybeth I. said...

This sounds good - I love reading stories about people and life. Romance can be fun

gkstratos said...

I'd love to win a copy of this book.
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megankortepeter said...

Sounds like a good read! Please enter me.

Mary512 said...

Awesome giveaway, thanks so much!

Mary512 said...

I'm a subscriber.

Mary512 said...

I follow you on twitter, user name Mary512. Thanks again!

margelina said...

Oh, it sounds wonderful! Great review, great giveaway!
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Brandy said...

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance to read it.

Sheri said...

Sounds like a great read.