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Love Starts with Elle (Lowcountry Romance #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,584 Ratings  ·  124 Reviews
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
Hardcover, Large Print, 422 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Center Point (first published July 1st 2008)
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Deanne Patterson
Love Starts with Elle. What a clever play on words this title has! Just look at this cover. It's book cover love for sure! This cover is a scene in the book where the children were given blank canvases and told to use their feet and bodies to paint it. After a whirlwind courtship Elle agrees to marry Jeremiah. After she agrees he then tells her he has agreed to pastor a mega church 3,000 miles away from her family and friends. Everything is about all the sacrifices she has to make for him includ ...more
Margaret Chind
Apr 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone needed a little confidence and maybe romance
Recommended to Margaret by: Rachel Hauck
I 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, bu
Feb 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Original post at One More Page

A week ago, some colleagues and I were discussing relationships and romance, and how one must go in choosing a mate. Perhaps "choosing a mate" is not the proper phrase to use (frankly it sounds a bit too bestial for me), but the discussion was about how the other person can be qualified as a potential guy or girl or will they be cast off into the friend zone. It was quite an interesting discussion, and I was surprised at how some of the guys told me that I needed to
Jenny Jones
Jul 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. Passed it on two two "reluctant reader" friends who also devoured it. I don't typically read Christian fiction romance, but this exceeded my expectations. Highly recommended!!!
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I had been wanting to read it for quite some time, so, when I finally got it, I practically devoured it! Finished it within a day.

What can I say..? Rachel Hauck is a pretty great author. The characters were very real to me (which makes a good book just that much better!). My two favorite characters were Elle (obviously) and her dad. Loved the relationship between those two — it was really special. Ms. Anna was another truly wonderful character. The world needs more prayer warr
Jun 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read romance manuscripts in my day job, and have read countless published romances. You'd think after awhile they would all be the same. Not so. Rachel Hauck has penned a romance that took my breath away. She starts with the setting in Beaufort, South Carolina (what could be more romantic?) Brings in characters that you are sure you would find there, whom you want to meet and know. Then, she adds surprises and grabs your emotions. Sigh. I didn't want this story to end. If I could write a roman ...more
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Quickie Review

My second time through this book, and I enjoyed it once again. However, the cover picture is a bit off; the narrator describes Elle as having "brown legs," yet, the woman on the cover is rather fair-skinned. Despite that quibble, this was a good one.

Score: 4/5
So I'm going to say it right now: this is a Christian/Spiritual novel. So now some of you can run away, but for those of you who remain, do stay and sit awhile.

In a nutshell: "Sleepless in Seattle" meets the Christian faith.

For a Christian novel, this story and the characters really stuck to me. I found this book on Goodreads and started reading it via the Google Preview. I remember really, really liking it but for some reason, I didn't check it out until I raided my library system this past wee
Jan 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! I love books about relationships. Elle finds her relationship with God by going to a chapel and becoming a prayer warrior.
Nora St Laurent
Nov 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED EVERY MINUTE of this book. From the very first page to the last I delighted in Elle's life and her family, and you will too. Rachel Hauck has captured my heart with Elle's story. It's filled with fun,unforgettable characters, situations that made me laugh out loud, and parts which were thought provoking. Rachel drew me into Elle's life,
and her dilemma. Rachel answers some questions that we may have asked ourselves while reading. Questions such as: "Just because we have feelings of love f
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New York Times, USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Rachel Hauck writes from sunny central Florida.

A RITA finalist and winner of Romantic Times Inspirational Novel of the Year, she writes vivid characters dealing with real life issues.

She loves to hear from readers. She also loves to encourage new writers and sits on the Executive Board of American Christian Fiction Writers..

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