Monday, February 8, 2016

The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck

About the Book:

A lonely wedding chapel built as a tribute to lost love just might hold the long-awaited secret to hope and reconciliation. For sixty years, the wedding chapel has stood silent and empty. Retired football hall-of-famer Jimmy “Coach” Westbrook built the chapel by hand, stone by stone, for his beautiful and beloved Collette Greer, whom he lost so many years ago. The chapel is a sanctuary for his memories, a monument to true love, and a testament to his survival of the deepest pain and loss. Photographer Taylor Branson left her hometown of Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, to make a new life for herself in New York. She had lots to run away from, not least of all a family history of broken promises and broken dreams.  Love catches Taylor off guard when she falls for Jack Forester, a successful advertising executive, and their whirlwind romance leads to an elopement—then to second guesses. Jack, in spite of his very real love for Taylor, is battling his own demons and struggles to show her his true self and the depths of his love for her. Taking a photography assignment in Heart’s Bend, Taylor is thrown back into a past of family secrets buried deep beneath the sands of time. When Taylor and Coach’s journeys collide, they each rediscover the heartbeat of their own dreams as they learn that the love they long to hold is well worth the wait.

My Thoughts:

I've enjoyed every one of Rachel's books.  She writes with passion and hope, presenting flawed characters in every day circumstances.  Sometimes her hero is a prince, and sometimes he's a football coach.  Sometimes her heroine is an every day kind of woman, and sometimes she's an accidental royal.

In The Wedding Chapel, the building is the focus, and the lives of the characters are tied to the handcrafted chapel.  Secrets abound, and love does not come easy.  Rachel perfectly illustrates the struggle to surrender to love, and how difficult overcoming the past can be.

Memorable characters, an engaging story spanning generations, and hearing the heartbeat of God... all come together to make a highly recommended book.

My thanks to my friends at Thomas Nelson Publishing for my advance copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Honestly?  I can hardly wait to see what Rachel creates next.

Happy Reading!



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