There is so much to love about this story. This was the first book by Rachel Hauck I’ve read, but it won’t be the last. She has a way of drawing you into her world and making you care for these characters upon introduction. The story has so many layers to it, so much “real life” in it, readers won’t easily forget The Wedding Chapel.
For one thing, I loved how the whole book wrapped around this special little “Church in the Wildwood”. As the story grows, so does your heart for this lovely chapel and its story.
The tale is told through four different individuals. Each of the main characters were so real. I felt like I was reading a true story about real people. The characters are hurting and lonely and longing for love. It’s quite a journey for each of them. A beautiful journey.
The story has a split timeline in a way, so historical and contemporary readers alike should both enjoy it. There are some sad moments, where hurting people do some cruel things, but love triumphs in unique ways on the page.
This book was a hard one to put down. The story is full of faith, love, and learning to let go of the past. It’s romantic and full of life. This story has a heartbeat!
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to Thomas Nelson & Zondervan’s Fiction Guild for my copy.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
For sixty years, a wedding chapel sat silent, waiting for love. But times have changed and the hour has come when it just might be too late.
Retired hall-of-fame football coach Jimmy “Coach” Westbrook never imagined anything would come of his labor of love—the wedding chapel he built for Collette Greer, the woman he fell for back in ‘49. But now an offer has come to turn the chapel into what it was meant to be—a place for love—and Jimmy sees no reason to hang onto his dream any longer.
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 abysmal marriage rate. But love surprises her when she falls head-over-heels for Jack Forester, a top ad man. Their whirlwind romance results in an elopement, and a mountain of doubt. Jack, while genuine in his love for Taylor, can never seem to overcome his own demons to find the words of his heart.
When Taylor takes an assignment in Heart’s Bend, the job does more than send her back to her hometown, but into a world of family secrets buried beneath the sands of time.
When Taylor’s journey intersects with Coach’s, they rediscover the heartbeat of their dreams and that the love they long to hold is right in front of them. And worth every waiting moment.
Rachel Hauck is a USA Today Best Selling, and award-winning author of critically acclaimed novels such as The Wedding Dress, Love Starts with Elle, and Once Upon A Prince.
She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel, Softly and Tenderly, one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals.
A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Rachel worked in the corporate software world before planting her backside in an uncomfortable chair to write full-time in 2004.
She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship at their annual conference. She is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker.
Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets, and writes from her two-story tower in an exceedingly more comfy chair. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan. Visit her at www.rachelhauck.com