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. Taylor 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 – and 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.
When Taylor takes a photography assignment in Heart’s Bend, she is thrown back into her own past and encounters family secrets buried deep beneath the sands of time. And 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 waiting for.
Read on for my thoughts of The Wedding Chapel and an excerpt from the book.
I’ve enjoyed every Rachel Hauck novel that I’ve read, and I’m happy to say The Wedding Chapel is no exception. This is the beautiful tale of two couples, generations apart, who must decide whether or not to fight for their relationships. They’ll face family secrets, betrayals and misunderstandings but will love win out? Jack was let down by his father while Taylor believed her father was responsible for breaking up her father. Jimmy’s father had nothing good to say about women after Jimmy’s mother left them and orphaned Colette had only a manipulative sister to call family. It doesn’t look good for these sympathetic and likeable characters, but the whoosh-thump heartbeat of a lonely building means anything is possible.
The Wedding Chapel looks at events in both the post-World War Two era and the present day, with perspectives from the four major players. We get a glimpse of their thoughts, hopes and fears and understand what drives them. Colette has played the same role for over half her life but, through the writing, we know she wishes she’d been able to play a very different one. The tone of the book varies from heartbreaking to uplifting with side trips to humor and drama. There are a couple of references to Hauck’s recent Royal Wedding series, effectively putting them in the same fictional universe.
My only question is: when will Rachel Hauck give us her next full length creation?
Thank you to Zondervan and BookLookBloggers for my complimentary copy of The Wedding Chapel, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
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Publisher: Zondervan (a division of HarperCollins Christian)
Publication Date: 17 November 2015
Page Count: 384