Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Review: The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1727 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (Nov. 17 2015)
  • Sold by: Zondervan CA (CA SOR)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00UF72AE2

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Book Description

 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.

“Hauck tells another gorgeously rendered story. The raw, hidden emotions of Taylor and Jack are incredibly realistic and will resonate with readers. The way the entire tale comes together with the image of the chapel as holding the heartbeat of God is breathtaking and complements the romance of the story.”
~ RT Book Reviews Top Pick

About the Author

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 wrote the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel Softly and Tenderly one of their 2011 “Top Ten Inspirationals.”

Hauck has a journalism degree from Ohio State University and is a huge Buckeyes football fan. She worked in the corporate software world before she began writing full time in 2004. Hauck serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship at their annual conference. She is also a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, a conference speaker and a contributor to Southern Belle View Daily

Hauck lives in central Florida with her husbandwhere she writes from her two-story tower.
Learn more about Rachel Hauck and her books at www.rachelhauck.com or on Facebook (RachelHauck) and Twitter (@RachelHauck).

My Review

 The Wedding Chapel is written by author Rachel Hauck. It is a stand-alone novel and is the first book of Rachel Hauck's that I have read though her books have been on my radar for quite some time.

Author Hauck has woven together stories from the past and the present. There are four storytellers:   Taylor, Jack, Jimmy, and Collette. Between the four of the storytellers, the reader is able to fully understand the story. The story centers around a chapel built by Jimmy. 

I did not have any problem with the story going back and forth. Family secrets make it very intriguing. It makes for a fast reading novel because you want to find out what is going to happen next.

Heartwarming, emotional and intriguing tale that readers will definitely enjoy.

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