I had never heard of a chapel car before and it was interesting to see how the car created a unique backdrop for this entire story. If you enjoy historical fiction, this book delivers. It weaves a soft story of love and faith against hard-learned lessons of honesty and trust.

I liked Hope and her open heart towards others. She is dedicated to her ministry with her father and always believes the best in everyone. However, she’s also naive and at times misguided. Luke loves the Lord and is a hard worker. He compliments Hope in many ways and I could see how the two of them would be drawn to each other. Even so, their love story felt strained to me at times and the ups and downs of their relationship weren’t always believable.


The “bad guy” of the story was a little predictable to me as well, but his role succeeded in pushing the plot forward.

I didn’t connect with this book as much as I would have hoped, but it’s still a pleasant story for history lovers. It’s a gentle tale of life in the early 1900s of West Virginia.

I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.



With her penchant for seeing the best in everyone, Hope Irvine sees a world full of good people in hard places. When her father accepts a position traveling in a chapel car as an on-the-rail missionary, she is determined to join him in his efforts and put her musical skills to good use by serving the mining families of West Virginia, saving their souls, and bettering their lives.

Luke Hughes shares Hope’s love of music and her love of God, but as a poor miner he knows he can offer her no future. Still, the notes she sings resonate in his heart. When she begins to travel with a young mine manager to neighboring counties, Luke can hardly suppress his jealousy. It isn’t until he begins to suspect these missions of mercy might be the mine manager’s cover for illegal purposes, though, that Luke feels justified in speaking up. But how can he discover the truth without hurting Hope or, worse, putting her in danger?

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Although born and reared in a small suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Judy moved to Kansas at the age of seventeen and has considered the sunflower state ‘home’ ever since. She currently lives in Topeka. She enjoys reading, traveling, researching history, and Bible study.

Writing Christian fiction is Judy’s second career. For many years she worked as a legal assistant in law firms and later worked in government law offices. She has retired from legal work in order to write fulltime —a vocation she considers both a ministry and a blessing.

Judy has authored or co-authored more than twenty-five books since she began writing in 1996. She is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her novels, several of which have placed in the CBA and ECPA top ten lists. It is her deep desire to point readers to the love and grace of Jesus.

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