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Review: The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck

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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.

My Review

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.

About Rachel Hauck51-utIDAGrL._UX250_

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

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Review: Silent Night / Holy Night (Rock Harbor) by Colleen Coble

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About Silent Night / Holy Night

‘Tis the season for mystery and romance featuring characters from two of Colleen Coble’s most popular series!

“Silent Night”

As Christmas day nears, Bree Matthews and her faithful search-and-rescue dog Samson follow the trail of a troubling mystery into the snowy forests of Rock Harbor.

Newlywed Bree Matthews and her husband Kade are preparing for Christmas guests when word arrives that a parachuter has disappeared in the North Woods, along Lake Superior’s icy shore. Bree and Samson plunge into the search.

Will this snowy, silent night search lead Bree and Samson to the missing girl?

“Holy Night”

One sinister phone call has derailed their Christmas wedding. Will it keep them apart forever?

Leia and Bane are looking forward to their long-awaited Christmas wedding on the beach. Everything is going as planned–until Leia’s phone rings and her world skids out of control. A muffled voice informs Leia that her sister has been kidnapped and will be killed unless Leia calls off the wedding without explanation–and no police. If she disobeys instructions and tells Bane, she’ll risk her beloved sister’s life. But can she handle this trauma without his help? And will he ever trust her again if she lies to him now?

My Review

I enjoyed the messages of both stories along with the Christmas theme. I’m also a fan of Christian fiction so the light spiritual aspect is appreciated. Silent Night focused on ungratefulness, searching for a purpose, patience, greatest hope coming true. Holy Night addressed the vulnerability of those with Down syndrome, forgiving, trust, love, overcoming childhood trauma.

I’m not a fan of the writing or the narrative, both lack puissance, far too saccharine and dilettante for my tastes.

Fans of a super fast paced novella with Hallmark traits, spirituality, wonderful messages and uplifting wrap ups with less focus on writing and underdeveloped narratives will find this pleasing.

About Colleen Coblecolleen-coble-headshot-small

Best-selling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. Visit her website.

Published October 7th 2014 by Thomas Nelson

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Review: Snow Sometimes Falls by Brian Ming

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About Snow Sometimes Falls

At age six, Dave was alone swinging in his backyard and heard a heavenly voice, “SNOW SOMETIMES FALLS!” It takes over thirty years, along with several calamities to discover what God was telling him that day. Dave learns, even through the tragic death of his mother, the thirty-year revelation was well worth the wait.

My Review

For those of you struggling with the absence of loved ones during the holiday season, you will want to read this little gem. The story is meaningful, poignant, it will provide you with great comfort not just for the holidays but every day. A great way to strengthen you spiritually, rekindle your spiritual relationship or ease the void you’re feeling.

I was touched by this story personally and it certainly left me in a better place. The message alone is worth the read. I guarantee this story will strike a cord with you as much as it did with me. Absolutely lovely.

About Brian Ming10777277

Brian started writing songs and poems at age sixteen. After marrying his high school sweetheart, Kristen, a gifted singer, they’ve traveled the globe singing self-written songs. From 2000-2009, Brian and Kristen recorded 7 music projects, and dozens of their songs are sung by artists and churches throughout the U.S. and the world. In 2014 the couple released their first album in over 5 years, Freedom Project.

Brian’s love for writing music eventually led to writing fiction, often times coupling songs with story telling. His first novel/single and public debut, Snow Sometimes Falls, received rave reviews and quickly became an Amazon Bestseller. Brian is also the author of several short stories as well as the Future Kingdom Series. He is a sought after speaker whose passion to teach others how to develop their God-given creativity to the fullest has inspired millions.

Brian, Kristen, and their three children currently reside in north San Diego County, California.

Published November 2015 by Amazon Digital Services (first published November 24th 2014)

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