“A Brush with Love” by Rachel Hauck is the second book in the “Year of Weddings” novella series, which is published by Zondervan.
Ginger Winters is a talented hairstylist (whoop-whoop, I like her already) who had a difficult childhood. She is very self-conscious of scars from a fire that she was in as a teen. Now, she enjoys making a living by making other women beautiful, but as Ginger watches all her friends get married, and works to cut and style others’ hair, she begins to feel lonely. Because of her scars, Ginger doesn’t see love or a husband in her future. The weekend that this story starts, Ginger is preparing to help out at an acquaintance’s wedding. What she does not prepare me for is her high school crush coming back into town for the wedding also.
Tom Wells Jr. had to leave town quickly and mysteriously right before a date with Ginger back in high school because of a rumor flying around town about his father, the pastor. Now he is back in town for his friend’s wedding, and wants to face Ginger again, but she is too hurt to look him in the eye. Can he win back her trust, and show her that she is beautiful?
I really enjoyed the characters in this book; they had sad histories, but that made me sympathetic to them without it going overboard. Rachel Hauck fit a lot of story into this short novella, and a wonderful spiritual message about finding beauty in God and who you are. I thoroughly enjoyed this, and only wish it could have been longer. I would definitely recommend this.
Thank you to Net Galley and Zondervan for providing me with an electronic copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.