From New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes The Wedding Chapel.
A lonely wedding chapel built as a tribute to lost love just might hold the long-awaited secret to hope and reconciliation.
For sixty years, the wedding chapel has stood silent and empty. Retired football hall-of-famer Jimmy “Coach” Westbrook built the chapel by hand, stone by stone, for his beautiful and beloved Collette Greer, whom he lost so many years ago. The chapel is a sanctuary for his memories, a monument to true love, and a testament to his survival of the deepest pain and loss.
Photographer Taylor Branson left her hometown of Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, to make a new life for herself in New York. She had lots to run away from, not least of all a family history of broken promises and broken dreams. Love catches Taylor off guard when she falls for Jack Forester, a successful advertising executive, and their whirlwind romance leads to an elopement—then to second guesses. Jack, in spite of his very real love for Taylor, is battling his own demons and struggles to show her his true self and the depths of his love for her.
Taking a photography assignment in Heart’s Bend, Taylor is thrown back into a past of family secrets buried deep beneath the sands of time. When Taylor and Coach’s journeys collide, they each rediscover the heartbeat of their own dreams as they learn that the love they long to hold is well worth the wait.
|About the Contributor(s)||Rachel Hauck
Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and two pets and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at rachelhauck.com Facebook: rachelhauck Twitter: @RachelHauck
|Publish Date||Nov 17, 2015|
- Review by Miriam
In a huge labor of love, hall-of-fame football coach Jimmy Westbrook built a wedding chapel for the love of his life, Collette Greer, in 1949. In a peculiar twist of fate, they grow apart, and 60 painful years have to pass until love blossoms in all its fullness. This is a poignant story of rare second chances, with love, faith and blessings, treasured away in the beating heart of an obscure chapel that holds the key to love and forgiveness. Rediscover the heartbeat of dreams in “The Wedding Chapel” where true love, eternally young, comes alive, even after 60 years!
Matters come to a desperate head when a realtor tries to acquire the land the chapel is built on, and Jimmy sees no reason to hang onto the sad, haunted history of the Wedding Chapel. Photographer Taylor Branson, from Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, tries to make a life for herself in New York. Falling in love with Jack Gillingham, they have a whirlwind romance and elopement. Taylor battles with severe doubts about her marriage, while Jack, who genuinely loves Taylor, does not know how to show her he really cares.
An old letter from Taylor’s deceased Grandma Peg surfaces from the rubbles of hidden family secrets to unlock the secret to Taylor’s own heart. She takes up an assignment to photograph an obscure Wedding Chapel in Heart’s Bend, Tennessee.
Taylor finds herself on a peculiar mission to convince Jimmy to save the Wedding Chapel, where she hears the heartbeat of God, beating through the heart of the Wedding Chapel, confirming what Jimmy himself had heard on countless occasions. Taylor finds true love, forgiveness and healing, hidden in the wings of time, and waiting in the heart of the Wedding Chapel, for herself and Jack, as well as for Jimmy and Collette.
The Wedding Chapel, well worth every waiting moment of 60 painful years, finally witnesses two love-fulfilled weddings.
Rachel Hauck paints a glorious picture of how God requires our complete surrender, fully dependent on Him, to bless us.
Miriam Jacob (Posted on 8/22/2016)
- Review by Sally
Jimmy “Coach” Westbrook now retired, has decided to sell the wedding chapel he built for the love of his live Collette Greer. He fell in love with her the first time he ever saw her back in ’49.
He has been promised the chapel will be used for the purpose it was intended…Love. He sees no reason to continue to hope it will ever be used by his beloved Collette.
Taylor Branson left Heart’s Bend, Tennessee and her family behind and is trying to make a name for herself in New York as a photographer. She falls head over heels in love with Jack Forester, resulting in an elopement and a lot of doubt because Jack can’t seem to overcome his past. He can’t seem to tell Taylor the words in his heart.
Taylor takes a job in Heat’s Bend. As she returns to her hometown she uncovers family secrets that will cause her life to intersect with Coach.
I was captivated from the first page. “The Wedding Chapel” spans from post-World War II to the present day, with an emotional ride for each of the individuals as they struggle to find their way back to faith, love, forgiveness and understanding. This is truly an inspirational book and well worth reading.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Thomas Nelson-Fiction, Zondervan through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
(Posted on 12/6/2015)
- Review by Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
Overall, I was very impressed with The Wedding Chapel. Although fans of Rachel Hauck could easily conclude that The Wedding Chapel relates in some way to Ms. Hauck’s 2012 release, The Wedding Dress, the two books are entirely unconnected. However, I thought that Ms. Hauck did a masterful job of creating a unique and distinct storyline that seamlessly intertwines the perspectives of multiple characters over several generations. Likewise, she remains true to her roots in the Christian fiction genre, offering a convincing view of Christians’ obstacles and faith through her characters. While so many other novels have a watered-down version of “inspirational fiction,” The Wedding Chapel fearlessly forges ahead to push the boundaries and expectations of the genre. Fans of Ms. Hauck will not be disappointed with this novel, as they will find themselves entirely engrossed in her writing from the first page to the last.
Special thanks to BookLook Bloggers for the advanced copy of The Wedding Chapel!
Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
(Posted on 11/17/2015)