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.
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
"Shall we do the same? Love well. That doesn't mean it will be perfect, but we'll be like the Lord. Love anyway."
Here is what I thought.....
OH THE FEELS!!! I absolutely hate that term but now I know what it means. This book has so many feelings and emotions tied into it, there is no good way to say just how good it is. I loved it from page one and I didn't know I could fall deeper in love with it, but I did. I have never read a book that made me love, hate, cry and smile the way this book did.
Taylor and Jack decided to be crazy and elope. Now they were balancing a not so successful marriage with work and trying to figure out how their marriage fit.
Collette is a famous soap opera star at the end of her career. Can she go back fifty years to the life she could have had?
Jimmy built the chapel for the love of his life. Can he sell it and finally be truly happy.
I can't even begin to explain why everyone in the world should read this book! Rachel has now become an author that I will highly recommend and that I will always want to read. She does an amazing job of playing to all of your emotions. If the characters are sad or hurt you are too. If they are happy, you are jumping up and down happy with them. There were times in this book where I was so emotional involved I felt like I was there. She also brings to light how not talking in any relationship can lead to misunderstandings that can ruin a relationship. Even though at times the subject matter would not be suitable for children, she does a good job of getting her point across without saying to much.
This has probably been the best book I have read this year and I can't wait to read more by Rachel.
I received The Wedding Chapel from The Fiction Guild in exchange for my review. A positive review was not required.