About The Wedding Chapel
An old, forgotten chapel holds the key to love and forgiveness.
Retired hall-of-fame football coach Jimmy Westbrook never imagined anything would come of his labor of love—building a wedding chapel for Collette Greer, the woman he fell in love with in 1949. But now a realtor wants the land the chapel sits on, and he sees no reason to hang onto the past.
Photographer Taylor Branson is trying to make a life for herself in New York. Leaving her hometown of Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, she put a lot of things behind her, including her family’s string of failed marriages. When she falls head-over-heels for Jack Gillingham, a top ad man, their whirlwind romance and elopement leave her with doubts. Jack, while genuine in his love for Taylor, can never seem to find the right way to show her he really cares.
When a post-mortem letter from Taylor’s Granny Peg shows up, along with an old photo, she is driven to uncover family secrets and the secret to her own happiness, starting with an assignment to photograph an unknown, obscure wedding chapel back in Heart’s Bend.
Taylor begins a mission to convince Jimmy that the chapel is worth saving—and that forgiveness and healing might happen within the chapel’s walls . . . for both of them.
I enjoyed this book more than I imagined.
Hauck manages to bring two couples, one from the past, the other from the present with four points of view. Their back story’s unfold slowly alternating from past to present. Jimmy and Colette’s story reaches from late 1940-50’s to present. Jack and Taylor’s story is present day.
Hauck delves into hard-hitting relationship issues, while the couples try to reconcile the challenges faced with ease and difficulty complete with starts and stalls. A few weighty surprises unfold providing more obstacles for the foursome.
Of the four points of view I was compelled by Jack the most. He’s wounded, closed off, struggling with his feelings, his story and craving to be more touched me. Not a surprise a majority of men resemble Jack in some form, his issues are affecting.
Spirituality was lightly sprinkled throughout the narrative, yet what was given was powerful. As the story progresses the messages increase in both momentum and strength. The wedding chapel is the apex of the story symbolizing healing, hope and forgiveness, beautifully demonstrated by Hauck.
Beautiful story of forgiveness and second chances. Quite a compelling and moving narrative with lovely messages.
Rachel Hauck writes from sunny central Florida.
A RITA finalist and winner of Romantic Times Inspirational Novel of the Year, she writes vivid characters dealing with real life issues.
She loves to hear from readers. She also loves to encourage new writers and sits on the Executive Board of American Christian Fiction Writers..
A graduate of Ohio State University with a BA in Journalism, Rachel is an avid OSU football fan. She hopes to one day stand on the sidelines in the Shoe with Urban Meyer.
An avid Diet Coke fan, she is caffeine free. Sometimes you just have to compromise.
She’s never skied or jumped out of an airplane. She leaves such hijinks to Jason Bourne.
Published November 17th 2015 by Zondervan