Description of the book
From New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes The Wedding Chapel.
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.
My review of The Wedding Chapel
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.
Rachel Hauck has a new book coming out that I think will be on the bestseller list. The Wedding Chapel will release mid November. You are going to want to pre-order this one now. This book has it all: betrayal,selfishness, despair, loyalty,forgiveness, second chances and restoration.
I have been eagerly awaiting Rachael’s latest book. I am a member of her Rachael Hauck Tribe and she has been gracing us with little tidbits of information for months now. I could not imagine how a wedding chapel could sit unused for sixty years. No scenario I could come up with made sense. So I waited and waited.
Well, it was worth the wait.
The story takes place in Heart’s Bend, Tennessee.(Don’t you just love the town’s name?) It starts in 1948 with Jimmy Westbrook meeting Collette Greer. He knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that she is the girl for him. As a special gift to Collette, Jimmy begins building a chapel where he intends for them to get married.
It wouldn’t be much of a story if they got married in this chapel and lived happily ever after, now would it? It would be a romantic gesture, but not a full length novel.
Enter the drama queen, Peg, Collette’s sister. Peg has plans of her own for Jimmy and wants Collette out of the picture. Jimmy is called to war. He returns home and becomes the hall of fame football coach for Heart’s Bend. All this time the wedding chapel has been locked up and unused.
The story flashes forward to a modern day photographer, Taylor Branson, who does a photo shoot for a soap opera’s final episode. She meets Collette who is the star of the show. They have never met even though Taylor’s grandmother Peg, is Colette’s sister.
Taylor is assigned to shoot pictures of the wedding chapel for an architectural magazine. While at the wedding chapel, Taylor feels something she can’t explain. She hears Jimmy talking to a real estate agent about selling the wedding chapel. She tries to talk him out of selling. She feels this place is special and shouldn’t be sold.
One of my favorite quotes from the book: “But he had thrown away the key to his heart. While the physical key to the chapel remained, Jimmy kept the letter of the law but not the grace.”
This book is wonderful. I fell in love with the setting, I just love small towns. I could imagine all of the characters vividly, just like they were friends and acquaintances of mine. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it to you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I would love to hear back from you after you’ve read it and hear what you thought about it.
I am very grateful to NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of The Wedding Chapel in exchange for an honest review.
About the author
A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Rachel Hauck is a former corporate grinder who realized she preferred facing the blank pages of her next novel rather than getting a regular paycheck.
A graduate of Ohio State, she’s an avid football fan and considers herself a second-rate arm chair quarterback. She loves sandwiches and chips, and believes Matthew’s final proposal to Mary in Downton Abbey Series 2 is the most romantic scene on television.
Her book, The Wedding Dress, hit #2 on the New York Times and was named Romantic Times Inspirational Novel of the Year.
Her latest release, The Wedding Chapel was named to Booklist Top Ten Inspirationals of 2015.
Rachel penned the critically acclaimed Songbird Novels with multi-platinum country artist Sara Evans. Even though she can sing, Rachel has never performed a duet with Miss Evans.
She is the past President of American Christian Fiction Writers and now serves on the Executive Board. She was once named ACFW Mentor of the Year.
Visit her web site at www.rachelhauck.com to sign up for her newsletter, read her blog, and to follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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