Friday, June 17, 2022

Review: The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck

Genre: Dual-timeline Romance
Publisher: Zondervan
Released: Nov. 17, 2015
382 pages
About the Book:

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. Taylor 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 – and 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.

When Taylor takes a photography assignment in Heart’s Bend, she is thrown back into her own past and encounters family secrets buried deep beneath the sands of time. And 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 waiting for.

My Rating & Thoughts:    

This was my second time reading and I loved it just as much as I remembered loving it. I first read this in 2016 so I had forgotten a large portion of the story and I did not want to put it down. I was so invested in all the characters. The story is told from 4 points of view and covers two time periods, 1948 and 2015. There are two central couples, one set is a young newly wed couple adjusting to married life and the second is two individuals in their eighties who used to be young lovers but are not together. Story intrigued me right from the beginning. At first there doesn't seem to be a connection between the two sets of couples, but as you get further along in the story the connections become more and more clear. Closer to the end there was a moment when something was revealed that took me by surprise (a good surprise) but it made me love the story even more. The story speaks of the danger of secrets, learning to forgive, learning to express your feelings, and overcoming the past. I especially enjoyed experiencing the four points of view, but Jack and Taylor were my favourite. It switched clearly between characters and time periods making the story flow easily. This is a must read for those who enjoy romance. 

(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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