The Wedding Chapel
by Rachel Hauck
ABOUT THIS BOOK
For sixty years, a wedding chapel sat silent, waiting for love. But times have changed and the hour has come when it just might be too late.
Retired hall-of-fame football coach Jimmy “Coach” Westbrook never imagined anything would come of his labor of love—the wedding chapel he built for Collette Greer, the woman he fell for back in ‘49. But now an offer has come to turn the chapel into what it was meant to be—a place for love—and Jimmy sees no reason to hang onto his dream any longer.
Photographer Taylor Branson is trying to make a life for herself in New York. Leaving her hometown of Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, she put a lot of things behind her, including her family’s abysmal marriage rate. But love surprises her when she falls head-over-heels for Jack Forester, a top ad man. Their whirlwind romance results in an elopement, and a mountain of doubt. Jack, while genuine in his love for Taylor, can never seem to overcome his own demons to find the words of his heart.
When Taylor takes an assignment in Heart’s Bend, the job does more than send her back to her hometown, but into a world of family secrets buried beneath the sands of time.
When Taylor’s journey intersects with Coach’s, they rediscover the heartbeat of their dreams and that the love they long to hold is right in front of them. And worth every waiting moment.
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
The Wedding Chapel was a little difficult for me to get into at first, I think it was because the main story is flashbacks about a life that didn’t happen. But as I kept reading, I found this to be an enjoyable book. I really liked the characters, and it was really sad at times because of the nature of the story. The Wedding Chapel built for this special bride sounds like a beautiful place, built in the quiet hills of Tennessee. I enjoyed Jimmy and Collette’s story, and I was sure wanting the two to find each other again and use this chapel.
There were a lot of twists and turns to the story that kept in flowing and interesting! I enjoy second chance stories, and this was one that will stay with me for a while. Though this story shows a lot of forgiveness and redemption, I would have liked for it to shown more of the Christian life in the characters lives. The forgiveness and redemption in the lives of the characters shows the forgiveness and redemption of Jesus, and I missed that in this story. Over all, it is a very well written story, that I enjoyed reading. You will fall in love with Jimmy and Collette, just as I did, and will be cheering them on as they work through their difficulties.
I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as “The Wedding Dress,” “Love Starts with Elle,” and “Once Upon A Prince.” She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel, “Softly and Tenderly,” one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals. She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets.