Tuesday, January 12, 2016

#REVIEW: The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck

Title: The Wedding Chapel
Series: none
Author: Rachel Hauck
Publisher: Zondervan
Published date: November 17, 2015
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Synopsis:An old, forgotten chapel holds the key to love and forgiveness.

Retired hall-of-fame football coach Jimmy Westbrook never imagined anything would come of his labor of love—building a wedding chapel for Collette Greer, the woman he fell in love with in 1949. But now a realtor wants the land the chapel sits on, and he sees no reason to hang onto the past.

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 string of failed marriages. When she falls head-over-heels for Jack Gillingham, a top ad man, their whirlwind romance and elopement leave her with doubts. Jack, while genuine in his love for Taylor, can never seem to find the right way to show her he really cares.

When a post-mortem letter from Taylor’s Granny Peg shows up, along with an old photo, she is driven to uncover family secrets and the secret to her own happiness, starting with an assignment to photograph an unknown, obscure wedding chapel back in Heart’s Bend.

Taylor begins a mission to convince Jimmy that the chapel is worth saving—and that forgiveness and healing might happen within the chapel’s walls . . . for both of them.

My rating: 5 Stars

My review: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley.

I love Rachel Hauck's books. I find she writes in a realistic fashion which pulls the reader into the story and makes you one of the characters. The overarching story about a romance between Jimmy and Collette was so empathic and thorough, it left me aching for a happy ever after for them. How can you not? Jimmy's story of the wedding chapel itself is so deep and heartfelt, and yes, so romantic.
Then there is the modern day story within this story, the one of Taylor and Jack, 2015 finds them eloped and suddenly marriage isn't what they expected. The romance and heat has disappated, and Taylor and Jack find themselves at odds, struggling to make their hasty marriage work.
This is an amazing story within a story that I absolutely loved.

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