The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck

Book description:

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.

My review:

This story is the perfect example of my favorite kind of love story. It is realistic and filled with true love, not just feelings of love, but actual life-long, sacrificial love. I also enjoy stories that explore kinds of love different from romantic love. This one has a lot of different levels and types of love.

The best part about this book is that I really didn’t have any idea where it was heading or where it would end up. It seems like romance books usually follow a basic framework that is easy to anticipate what the conflict or resolution would be. This one had some nice twists and surprises.

There wasn’t really anything negative I could say about this book. The characters were easy to relate to, the plot was well-crafted, and there were some surprises. There was a little bit more sexuality than one would usually find in a Christian romance, but it is still a nice, relatively clean novel.

This book would appeal to anyone who loves a nice romance book, especially one with deeper levels of love.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Thomas Nelson Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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