The Wedding Chapel
by Rachel Hauck
In a day when marriage seems incredibly disposable,USA Today best-selling authorRachel Hauck weaves a story rich in symbolism that reminds us of timeless truths about love. Hauck is captivated by the 1940s, and in The Wedding Chapel, she juxtaposes two story lines: one capturing the simple romance and commitment to family embodying the earlier era and another showing the challenges and complications of romance in a modern world.
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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.
My thoughts: THE WEDDING CHAPEL is Rachel Hauck's most recent book. With a complex plot that spans decades and generations, it is sure to appeal to most of Ms. Hauck's fans. Ms. Hauck is a hit or miss author with me. I loved her Prince books, set half in some obscure European country (made up, I think) and half in America, and I thought this book would be another one of them. Or at very least, one related somewhat to the Wedding of the Year book she published this year. It wasn't.
This book is stand-alone, and very well written, but it did jump around too much for me (year to year, character to character) and just as I was getting used to WWII time, it jumped to present, New York City or rural Tennessee, I never did get attached to the characters either. Maybe because of how much it jumped.
THE WEDDING CHAPEL also almost lost me with the first chapter. I had to force myself to keep reading. By the end the story was good (and I loved the faith message).
The story of the chapel was charming. I loved how it helped to bring love back into lives of the characters and encouraged honesty in their relationships.
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