The Friendly Book Nook welcomes Rachel Hauck to Saturdays in the Nook! We love Rachel’s books Sweet Caroline and Love Starts with Elle.

Falling In Love with Reading

I have to confess my elementary school years were in an era when there were only three television stations, AM was the radio rage and reading was an encouraged, viable pass time.

My parents’ rule was bed at nine with reading privileges until nine-thirty. My older brother and I are readers to this day.

I always enjoyed biographies. I liked reading about real people. This love has impacted my fiction writing world. Many letters and reviews from readers comment, “the characters are so real.” I suppose to me, they are, the same as Betsy Ross, or Abigail Adams.

In fifth grade, our teacher read The Little House books to the entire class. Every day after lunch, we propped our chin in our hands and leaned against the desk’s top, anxious to hear what challenges faced Pa, Ma, Mary and Laura. We were all in love with Laura Ingalls Wilder. Even the boys. As soon as we could, we checked the already-read books from the school library.

For Christmas one year, my parents bought me the entire set of eight. I consumed them again. I’d sit in my room, reading, eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. By forty-something, I believe I’ve read the series and all the complimentary books at least a dozen times. I even collected them in hardback.

The Little House books brought me in touch with history, lives that had gone before, real people making their way in life. It’s the ultimate story. Family, love, adventure, overcoming and humor. These are things I strive to include in my writing today.

Over the years I’ve been impacted by various authors. Some famous and extolled like Tolstoy, some more obscure like Maggie O’Farrell or Belva Plain. But more than anything, reading feeds my passion to write. Sometimes I’ll be in the middle of a great book, but set it aside because I’m so inspired to write.

Good books should do that to all of us. Inspire us to live better, choose better, go for our dreams and passion, perhaps forget the past and press forward to the hidden treasures of the future. It’s never too late.

If Laura Ingalls Wilder and family can survive famine, floods, the long winter, Indian war rituals, living in a one room shanty, teaching school at fifteen, then I figure I can handle face-on anything life sends my way. But for the grace of God go I.

Happy reading!

Rachel Hauck is a the best selling author of ten novels. She lives in sunny, though sometimes hurricane plagued, central Florida with her husband, a pastor. They have three ornery pets.

She is a graduate of Ohio State University, earning a degree in Journalism, and a huge Buckeyes football fan. Rachel served the writing community as the Past President of American Christian Fiction Writers, and now sits on the organization’s Advisor Board.

Visit her blog and website (where you can view a cool trailer for Love Starts with Elle! at

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8 Responses to “Saturday in the Nook with Rachel Hauck”

  1. Rachel Hauck Says:

    Hey Amy and the book nook,

    Thanks so much for having me. I’m honored to be the flagship poster for this great new series.

    Blessings to you!


  2. Sally Says:

    I love your books and what a cute trailer!

  3. Literate Housewife Says:

    Thank you so much for this post. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I, too, have such wonderful childhood memories of the Little House on the Prarie Series. Some of the most memorable times in early elementary school was the time after lunch where the teachers read to us. My fourth grade teacher, who scared me to death, gave me The Long Winter for Christmas. I still treasure that book because it said to me that he liked me. It’s the only gift a teacher gave me that I remember. My oldest daughter will be entering kindergarten soon. It won’t be long before they both will be old enough for me to read these books to them. I cannot wait for that time. I know that they will love those books as much as I do. Great post and I love this feature to The Friendly Book Nook!

  4. Jennifer @ Quiverfull Family Says:

    I’ve already read te entire Little House series to my girls, now ages 5 and 2 (our newborn hasn’t heard it yet). My eldest daughter’s favourite is Farmer Boy, she just adores the depictions of farming (we live on an 73 acre homestead). Neat feature post!

  5. Sally Says:

    I think I may have been born holding a book. It seems as if I’ve been reading all of my life. It’s one of the best gifts my mother gave me–the love of reading.

  6. Elizabeth M. Says:

    I loved the Little House series too. I would even read it again now as an adult. In fact, now that I think about it, I will!

  7. Shana Says:

    Rachel, I enjoyed your post very much.

    The Little House series represented my first book purchase. I remember saving my allowance and buying it book by book. I still have them.

    Love this feature!

  8. Laura Says:

    I admit, I was addicted to The Little House, but the TV series. Great story. Fun to hear how an author thinks of their characters and books. I’d love to have that imaginary connection, and the words to put it on paper to tell a captivating story. Very impressive.

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