Janna's 4th most life changing book is written by one of my writing friends and amazing woman, Rachel Hauck. While I have not read Lambert's Code, Janna has definitely picqued my interest. And I LOVE Rachel's NashVegas books. She has a talent for diving under the surface while writing wonderful characters. Be sure to leave a comment on Janna's blog to be entered in the contest for one of three books!
"LAMBERT'S CODE" by RACHEL HAUCK!
"Lambert's Code" is an amazing book because it is a rare romance that cuts past Prince Charming placing the glass slipper on Cinderella's foot and takes the romance to the place after the honeymoon when it's not always "happily ever after". In "Lambert's Code" Prince Charming is actually Ethan and Cinderella is actually Julie and they live in a community surrounded by other Lambert family members. Luckily for them that includes Grandma and Grandpa Lambert who have worked hard for many years to maintain a really great marriage. So when Ethan and Julie start to see marital problems developing, Grandma and Grandpa let them in on the Lambert Code they have used all these years to keep their marriage on track. The rest is up to Ethan and Julie and God.
I loved this book because it was so much more than I was expecting - when I pick up a Heartsong Presents or Love Inspired book I am usually expecting a fluffy, light Christian romance. Many of the HP and LI books have been proving me wrong lately by having great spiritual truths and nuggets placed throughout different books. But this one really blew them all away. Rachel managed to pull off a rare feat here, she wrote a great romance about two people in love that were struggling, struggling to find a way and a reason to stay together and to me the best love stories available are the ones where a marriage makes it - this book shows you one way that can happen. Real life answers to real life problems that any couple can use - I think divorce rates would drop drastically if ever married couple read this book. Now let's meet Rachel Hauck...
1) Sometimes people think of authors as being bigger than life and
not "real", so I thought we would start off with a very important
question, one that will show people just how real you are!
"What dessert can you not resist when it is time to indulge?"
RH: Oh, I love cake. And any thing cinamon! And, let me just say, authors are so not bigger than life. We are an insecure, weird lot if ever there was one. But, we love, love, love readers and fans. It's why we do what we do!
2) I picked "Lambert's Code" as one of my Top 7 Most Life Changing books of 2007. Its a follow-up to "Lambert's Pride" which you co-wrote with Lynn A. Coleman. It's really good too, but there is a depth to the self-destruction and then pursuit of marriage in Lambert's Code that really hit home for me. What made you decide to go that direction with Lambert's Code?
RH: Lambert's Code was originally Lynn's story, but due to her schedule, she gave the book to me. So the idea of dealing with a married couple had been determined by her, but I took it in a new direction when the story became mine.
Lynn wanted to show how marriage only works if both are submitted to the Lord and each other. I created the story of barrenness and infertility. I know it can really take a toll on a marraige. While children are indeed a blessing and gift from God, having them cannot be an idol. In our culture we demoralize children through abortion while idolizing them through fertility treatments and surrogate parenting.
Like all things, even the desire for children must be submitted to God. In scripture, when ever a woman took child bearing into her own hands by offering her husband one of her maids, trouble ensued.
I'm not against fertility treatments. Not at all. I'm for each couple doing what God
puts on their hearts. But, I'm also aware that God can use childless couples in ways
He cannot use other families.
The goal in this book was for Ethan and Julie to find peace about their situation and
love each other as God's gift to them.
3) What made you want to write a really great handbook for marriage - did you have a married couple in your life that modeled this for you?
RH: My parents were a great example, but my husband also inspired me. I didn't intend
to write a handbook, but a story about a married couple's journey. They are weak, flawed, but through it all God's love prevails.
4) I personally used to think of alot of Heartsong Presents books as fluffy, Christian romance. Over the last few months my mind has been changed positively by some of the depth and spiritual meat I've been reading in various Heartsong Presents books. Tell us about the lady that got Lambert's Code but was obviously wanting her fluffy, Christian romance...
RH: Christian romance has come a long way. Former Heartsong editor Tracie Peterson worked hard to raise the bar for writing
and story. Hats off to her, Rebecca Germany and Barbour Publishing for wanting excellence.
As for my disgruntled Lambert's Code reader... a woman wrote to me how upset she was to get a handbook on "how to fix your marriage" when she wanted to read a romance. She sent the book back to the publisher. Funny.
But Lambert's Code is very much a romance. About two people continuing to love each other through the hard times.
5) Recently you've started the Diva Nash Vegas series, tell us a little about this series and how many books total we'll have to read?
RH: There are two NashVegas books. I know the title must be confusing for some,
I'll explain. NashVegas is a nickname for Nashville. The natives know the name well.
Lost in NashVegas is about songwriter, Robin McAfee
and Diva NashVegas is about superstar, Aubrey James. They are really great stories. When I finished Diva NashVegas I told my editor, "I love Aubrey James!"
6) What upcoming projects are you working on?
RH: My next book, Sweet Caroline, releases in February. It's set in the South Carolina lowcountry. I love this book because it's about Caroline Sweeney, a woman who is trapped in the humdrum of life. But she doesn't mind. However, God is wooing her and calling her out of her comfort zones. It's funny and romantic. A little more focus on romance than the NashVegas books.
Rachel, thank you so much for being with us today and sharing some from your past about Lambert's Code. Where can readers
find you online?
Janna, you can tell them to visit my website and blog:www.rachelhauck.com. And visit Amazon for all my books.
Readers, for the 2nd time in my lists I have actually picked a book that is out of print, but Rachel has a couple of copies left that she is going to give away so leave a comment if you would like to win Lambert's Code. I also happen to have an extra copy of Lambert's Pride and I will be drawing forthat one as well so you have 3 chances to win. Leave a comment with a way for me to reach you in case you win - and check out Amazon.com for ordering Rachel's Diva Nash Vegas books!