I enjoy reading novellas because I can usually start and finish them in one sitting. This story, I wished was longer. I know how lovely Rachel Hauck full length novels can be, and I feel there was so much here to work with. The story was too rushed for my taste. I wanted to see more growth between Ginger and Tom and I wanted to hear more about Tracie Blue!
That being said I really liked the town of Rosebud and its residents. Ginger is a woman who needs to realize that she is beautiful, inside and out. It's a struggle many women can relate to. Not only that but along the way in life she's built
Would I Recommend This Book?
Yes. This first novella in a Year of Weddings is a promising start to this series. In addition if you haven't read Rachel Hauck's novels yet this is a good introduction to her writing. She makes you feel for Ginger, deeply.
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars
A Description from the Publisher:
Ginger Winters drapes her hair over her right shoulder and adjusts the scarf around her neck to cover her scarred, withered skin. She’s had the scars since she was twelve, but she’ll never get used to the ugliness.
The fire changed Ginger’s life, but out of the pain and humiliation of her own disfigurement, one quality unexpectedly emerged: a gift for bringing out the beauty in other women. In a twelve-year ascent from top salon jobs in New York, Atlanta, and Nashville, Ginger traveled the world as personal stylist to country music sensation Tracie Blue. The success was almost enough to make her forget her own appearance.
Almost. Now that she’s opened her own salon in Rosebud after a dozen years away, the truth is staring Ginger in the face again: she’s still that girl, ugly and scarred, forever on the outside looking in. And this weekend she’ll be looking in as “beauty-maker” for the Alabama society wedding of the decade.
But when high-school crush Tom Wells shows up looking for a haircut, Ginger’s thinly veiled insecurities threaten to keep her from love once again . . . despite Tom’s best efforts. Can this professional beauty-maker manage to recognize the beauty in herself, or are some scars too deep to powder over?
5 stars= A definite favorite, will be re-read again and again, and permanently placed on my bookshelf.
4 stars= A pretty good book, one that will be re-read eventually, placed on the bookshelf.
3 stars= An average to good book, that may or may not be read again, probably has a place in my library.
2 stars= A not liked book, I wouldn't read it again, and wouldn't have a place in my library.
1 star = A book I really didn't enjoy, wouldn't read again, would not keep in my library.)
(Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am under no obligation to provide a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.)