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Love Starts With Elle

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Elle’s living the dream—but whose dream is it?

Elle loves her life in Beaufort, South Carolina—summer days on the sand bar, coastal bonfires, and dinners with friends, sharing a lifetime of memories. She’s found her stride professionally as the owner of a successful art gallery. Life is good.

And she’s found love with handsome, confident Jeremiah Franklin. But Jeremiah has accepted a large pastorate in a different state, so Elle turns her life upside down to take “the call” with him. When Jeremiah has a change of heart, Elle is hurt—and her faith is shaken.

New York lawyer and recent widower Heath McCord imagines the lowcountry cottage he’s rented for the summer is the balm his grieving heart needs. That and time to connect with his little girl. He’s unprepared to meet his beautiful landlord, Elle Garvy, or the love her friendship awakens.

But God has new blessings in store for the two grieving hearts. Can Elle trust so soon after losing Jeremiah? Can Heath release the memory of his wife and love again? Could love be as simple as trusting enough to take the first step?

 

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

  1. In the first chapter, we see Elle's love for art. There's a line about why she owns a gallery instead of painting. Have you or someone you know ever pursued a career, relationship, or ministry because you felt your real desire was unobtainable?
     
  2. We first meet Elle in Sweet Caroline. She was passionate about getting married, even made a plan. Do you think she's been unlucky in love by coincidence? Discuss.
     
  3. Elle flies to Dallas to look for a house, but she and Jeremiah cannot agree on anything. Think of a time when you adamantly disagreed with someone. How did you resolve it?
     
  4. Heath McCord moves to the lowcountry to heal and get to know his daughter. Was there a time in your life where a geographic change helped you move on emotionally?
     
  5. Elle learns in a very bizarre way that she's not getting married. But so often truth is stranger than fiction. Discuss a time when you learned of bad news in a less than ideal way. What was your response?
     
  6. When Heath first meets Elle, how does he react? What is happening in his heart? What is your response as an observer of the scene?
     
  7. Elle hides in her studio for a month after Jeremiah breaks up with her. We all respond differently to pain. Discuss healthy and unhealthy ways to deal with grief.
     
  8. Miss Anna is a composite of our grandmothers. What is unique about her? Could you do what she did for forty years?
     
  9. In this life, Miss Anna didn't live out many of her dreams. But she had a revelation. What was it? How did this revelation buy her more in eternity than anything she could've achieved in this life?
     
  10. How does Miss Anna impact Elle? What is she teaching her? Discuss living for eternity rather than this temporal life.
     
  11. This story is about surrender. Are there areas of your life where God might want you to surrender?
     
  12. Julianne faced a tough reality. Sin often leads us where we don't want to go and keeps us longer than we want to stay. Discuss how guilt or shame kept you from confessing your sin to Jesus. How did He respond when you finally surrendered?
     
  13. What do we learn about Elle and Jeremiah when he returns to her life? Is there someone in your life holding you back? How can you move on?
     
  14. What does this story lead you to believe about prayer? What did Elle learn?
     
  15. The appearance of the feathers is unusual, but God goes beyond our understanding to demonstrate His love for us. Discuss a time in your life when God touched you in a supernatural way. If you haven't had such an experience, consider asking for one.
     
  16. Heath is an amazing man. What strengths about him do you admire? What are his weaknesses?
     
  17. Elle is confident about so many things except her own work. How does God prompt her to paint again? Discuss an area of your life where you lack confidence. How can God help you overcome?
     
  18. God in His great mercy confirms Elle's desire to paint. How does He do this?
     
  19. Often we think God is against our heart's desires. He's not. But timing can be an issue. Discuss Elle's desire to be married. How did God answer her? Have you thanked Him for answering a desire in your life, no matter how small?
     
  20. The story ends at the Frogmore CafÉ where we first met Caroline Sweeney. Heath arrives and Elle knows she's loved. But first she had to discover God's love. Discuss the importance of being confident in love, especially God's love. Is there anything that can make us more confident?
     

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Love Starts With Elle, Rachel Hauck
  • Love Starts With Elle, Rachel Hauck

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Elle’s living the dream—but whose dream is it?

Elle loves her life in Beaufort, South Carolina—summer days on the sand bar, coastal bonfires, and dinners with friends, sharing a lifetime of memories. She’s found her stride professionally as the owner of a successful art gallery. Life is good.

And she’s found love with handsome, confident Jeremiah Franklin. But Jeremiah has accepted a large pastorate in a different state, so Elle turns her life upside down to take “the call” with him. When Jeremiah has a change of heart, Elle is hurt—and her faith is shaken.

New York lawyer and recent widower Heath McCord imagines the lowcountry cottage he’s rented for the summer is the balm his grieving heart needs. That and time to connect with his little girl. He’s unprepared to meet his beautiful landlord, Elle Garvy, or the love her friendship awakens.

But God has new blessings in store for the two grieving hearts. Can Elle trust so soon after losing Jeremiah? Can Heath release the memory of his wife and love again? Could love be as simple as trusting enough to take the first step?

 

More Information

Length 336 Pages
Series A Lowcountry Romance
Publication Date November 16, 2010
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595548971
ISBN-13 9781595548979
Height 8.3"
Width 5.4"