|Series: Heart's Bend # 1|
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Released: Nov. 17, 2015
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 Rating & Thoughts: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 (5 stars)
I enjoyed this book! I was immediately drawn into the story of Taylor and Jack, and was interested in following along as we see their struggles, both individual and their relationship, and to see what they overcome as their story progressed. The other story that was told of Jimmy and Collette quickly pulled at my interest also. Historic setting books sometimes are not of interest to me, however I enjoyed the historical storyline in this book, and also how that storyline came into the present day as well. It was very interesting to see how each of the characters dealt with “life” situations. There were a lot of great messages throughout this book. There was a lot of hope, forgiveness of others, forgiveness of ourselves as well as an emphasis on the importance of communication. These all have very practical applications in a reader’s life, and I think that this book could make for some great book club conversations around some of these themes throughout the book.
(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed in this review
are my honest opinion and completely my own.)
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