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Rachel Hauck

Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas! Merry Christmas from all of us at Pearl Girls™! We hope you enjoyed these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from the authors who were so kind to donate their time and talents! If you missed a few posts, I hope you’ll be able go back through and read them on this blog over the next few days. If you’d like to keep up with Pearl Girls and our new book project, Mother of Pearl, coming this spring, just click this link and sign up for our newsletter (lower left sidebar). Also, just a reminder that today is the last day for the pearl necklace and earrings giveaway! Enter now by filling out this {form}. The winner will on 1/1 at the Pearl Girls blog. If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info and see what we’re all about. In short, we exist to support. . .

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Wear Joy

Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas! Enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom”! Please follow along through Christmas day as Melody Carlson, Lauraine Snelling, Rachel Hauck, Tricia Goyer, Maureen Lang, and more share their heartfelt stories of how God has touched their life during this most wonderful time of the year. AND BEST OF ALL … there’s also a giveaway!!!! Fill out the quick form at the link located at the bottom of this post to be entered to win a PEARL NECKLACE, BRACELET AND EARRINGS! You may enter once a day. The winner will be announced on New Year’s Day at the Pearl Girls Blog! Pearls – a tangible reminder of God’s grace to us all. ~~~ Wear Joy by Rachel Hauck Thanksgiving day in central Florida broke warm and sunny under a blue sky. The thin fall breeze beckoned me. Taking my bike out, I rode the neighborhood. . .

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Dining with Joy by Rachel Hauck

“Chef” Joy Ballard longs for a simpler life. But when a good-looking outsider arrives and spices things up, life becomes deliciously complicated.

Host of a regionally syndicated cooking show, Joy Ballard has a little secret: she can’t cook. But when her show is picked up by a major network and given a prime time slot, her world heats up faster than a lowcountry boil.

Enter Luke Redmond: handsome, creative, and jobless after having to declare bankruptcy of his Manhatten restaurant. When her producers ask him to co-host the show, Joy sees Luke as her way out. But Luke sees much more than just a co-host in Joy.

Their relationship begins to simmer on and off set. Until Joy’s secret is revealed and her reputation is ruined on national television by her rival, Wenda Devine.

But could Devine’s cruelty be a divine gift? Losing Luke–and her sister–forces Joy to consider where her worth really comes from. Could God be cooking up an even bigger adventure from the mess? And will Joy hang on long enough to find out?

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Waiting on Wednesday CONTEMPORARY

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week’s (2nd) pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is: Joy Ballard has a secret: she’s a cooking show host who can’t really cook. When her South Carolina-based cooking show, Dining With Joy, is picked up by a major network, Joy Ballard’s world heats up like a lowcountry boil. Joy needs help. Then she meets chef Luke Davis who moved to Beaufort after losing his Manhattan restaurant. A cook at the Frogmore Cafe, he’s paying debts and longing to regain his reputation in the elite foodie world. Luke and Joy mix like oil and water…until Joy is exposed on national television. With her career and his reputation both under fire, they’ll have to work together to fix the mess. Is it possible that they can learn to feast on God’s love. . .

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The Sweet By and By by Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck — Review

The Sweet By and By by Rachel Hauck A redemptive story from multi-platinum recording artist Sara Evans.Jade Fitzgerald left the pain of her past in the dust when she headed out for college a decade ago. Now she’s thriving in her career and glowing in the light of Max Benson’s love. But then Jade’s hippie mother, Beryl Hill, arrives in Whisper Hollow, Tennessee, for Jade’s wedding along with Willow, her wild younger sister. Their arrival forces Jade to throw open the dark closets of her past–the insecurity of living with a restless, wandering mother, the silence of her absent father, and the heart-ripping pain of first-love’s rejection. Turns out Beryl has a secret of her own. She needs reconciliation with her oldest daughter before illness takes her life. In the final days leading to the wedding, Jade meets the One who shows her that the past has no hold on her future. With a little grace, they’ll meet. . .

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Awesome Day!

Today was one of the best days that I have had in a while and I am ecstatic from all the wonderful and awesome things that occurred today!! It started early, at 7:00 AM I woke up. This is fabulous! I slept through the night!!! This is the first time I have slept through the night in over 11 weeks! I have woken up at three or five AM at least always with an insane pressure on my bladder that says my uterus is taking over all available space. So even though I do not need to get up until nine or so, I’m very happy with seven rather than five or anything else so ghastly! Next, I went to the Covington square to meet my DH for lunch. I was very early and was able to walk around a bit and boy did I make friends! I went to. . .

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Love Starts with Elle by Rachel Hauck – Blog Tour and more

A while back, you might remember my ranting and raving about Rachel Hauck’s new series that includes book #1 Sweet Caroline and book #2 Love Starts With Elle. Well, I’m not in on this current blog tour, but I think that you should be informed about it! Go read reviews, watch the trailer, and enter to win a copy on various blogs. The book is so worth it! And in case you missed it before, here are my review. Love Starts with Elle by Rachel Hauck My review rating: 5 of 5 starsI do not know if I shall scream or cry or both. Love Starts with Elle is officially one of my favorite books of all time. It is by far my favorite book of contemporary Christian fiction. I enjoyed Sweet Caroline immensely, but it does not fully compare with the power and wonder of Elle. This is a. . .

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A Fabulous book! Love Starts with Elle by Rachel Hauck

Love Starts with Elle is an incredible book that I highly recommend! Read my review of Sweet Caroline (book #1) and Love Starts with Elle (book #2) here. Also, read my interview with Rachel here. -MJ Visit her at her website. Product Details:Love Starts with ElleList Price: $14.99Paperback: 320 pagesPublisher: Thomas Nelson (July 8, 2008)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 1595543384ISBN-13: 978-1595543387 Product DetailsSweet CarolinePaperback: 320 pagesPublisher: Thomas Nelson (February 12, 2008)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 1595543376ISBN-13: 978-1595543370

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Sweet Caroline and Love Starts With Elle by Rachel Hauck: reviews

I shared this with you last week, but it’s so good I have to share it again! First Sweet Caroline and then Love Starts with Elle. Sweet Caroline by Rachel Hauck My review rating: 5 of 5 starsSweet Caroline is quite the book, and she is quite the person. She is a normal human being, in a normal life. Tough decisions need to be made, and only Christ knows if she is making the right choices. This book grips your heart and doesn’t let it go. I love it from the heart-head-ear conversations to the screaming in my head what I thought she should do. 🙂 This story of a girl in her late twenties growing up is something that anyone could benefit from reading. Caroline’s situations remind me of some of Jane Austen’s tales, where you really want it to end one way, but with more thought you want. . .

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Sweet Caroline by Rachel Hauck: a review

Sweet Caroline by Rachel Hauck My review rating: 5 of 5 starsSweet Caroline is quite the book, and she is quite the person. She is a normal human being, in a normal life. Tough decisions need to be made, and only Christ knows if she is making the right choices. This book grips your heart and doesn’t let it go. I love it from the heart-head-ear conversations to the screaming in my head what I thought she should do. 🙂 This story of a girl in her late twenties growing up is something that anyone could benefit from reading. Caroline’s situations remind me of some of Jane Austen’s tales, where you really want it to end one way, but with more thought you want it how it is, and then you go back to the other. Over all this book was a comfy read and caused more giggles and grins. . .

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Love Starts With Elle by Rachel Hauck: a review

Love Starts with Elle by Rachel Hauck My review rating: 5 of 5 starsI do not know if I shall scream or cry or both. Love Starts with Elle is officially one of my favorite books of all time. It is by far my favorite book of contemporary Christian fiction. I enjoyed Sweet Caroline immensely, but it does not fully compare with the power and wonder of Elle. This is a sequel, but does stand alone on a firm foundation of Christ no less. Elle is an artist, well in her heart. She mets Mr. Wonderful, who I did not like from page one, but he’s so right. Until he’s not, but really who is perfect? Well I did not see how in the world the plot could get her out of one situation or get her into another, but after reading the book in entirety I’m impressed. I cannot. . .

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Interview with Rachel Hauck for Sweet Caroline

Hey Rachel, A couple things I was curious about… I’m not through yet, but so far I’m thoroughly enjoying Sweet Caroline. How did you come up with the internal dialogue that she has? (heart speaking to head etc) I absolutely love it!! RH: That is a good question! I can’t really remember, but I think as I was writing, I felt stale and bogged down, so I just jumped to some other form of writing to communicate what Caroline felt, to show the internal struggles we all have with our emotional side and logical side. Also, so far this story is reminding me of Sweet Home Alabama… where does your obvious love of small town life come from? Rh: I’ve lived in small towns or small communities most of my life. While I don’t consider myself a small town girl because my high school years were in Tallahassee, I lived. . .

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Sweet Caroline by Rachel Hauck

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingSweet Caroline(Thomas Nelson February 12, 2008byRachel Hauck ABOUT THE AUTHOR: I graduated from Ohio State University (Go Buckeyes!) with a degree in Journalism. As a member of Phi Mu sorority, I partied my way though the last few years of college. But, the truth is, and always will be, I belong to Jesus. At the age of six, I knelt at the altar of a Tulsa Methodist church and gave my life to the One who loves me. After graduation, hired on at Harris Publishing as a software trainer, determined to see the world. And I did it without a laptop, a cell phone, an IPod or portable DVD player. Those were hard times. But, I traveled to Ireland, Spain, Venezuela, Mexico, Australia, Canada and the U.S. from California to Maine. But, life on the road is difficult. Working twelve to fourteen hour days,. . .

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