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The Wedding Chapel Paperback – November 17, 2015
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“Hauck’s engaging novel about love, forgiveness, and new beginnings adeptly ties together multiple oscillating storylines of several generations of families. Interesting plot interweaves romance, real life issues, and a dash of mystery . . . Recommend for mature fans of well-done historical fiction. ” (CBA Retailers and Resources)
'Hauck tells another gorgeously rendered story. The raw, hidden emotions of Taylor and Jack are incredibly realistic and will resonate with readers. The way the entire tale comes together with the image of the chapel as holding the heartbeat of God is breathtaking and complements the romance of the story.' - 4 1/2 starred and a Top Pick (RT Book Reviews)
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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
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Now what would happen if a young photographer was able to bring these two people together? Sounds impossible, I know. Especially when you add into the mix that this young photographer just eloped and is dealing with her own marriage issues. To say that she knows it all in the romance department is a huge understatement. She had no desire to get married. When she did, she apparently chose the one person who had a lot of his past to work though and a lot of forgiveness to deal with. Of course, that would mean that her husband wasn't was strong as he wanted everyone to think he was, so she's left wondering if her marriage is even going to make it past the 6 month mark.
My favorite part about this book is that it is told from the perspective of different people. I always enjoy books like that because I don't have to guess at what the characters are thinking. I had no idea where the story was going in some parts because Rachel Hauck did a wonderful job at keeping her readers guessing. Secrets were revealed at just the right time and I was thoroughly engaged throughout the entire story.
Once again, one of my favorite authors didn't disappoint. I always know that I can read a book by Hauck and enjoy it from start to finish.
I received this book free from Zondervan Publishers and Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion of this group.
Eighty three year old former high school, hall of famer football coach, Jimmy Westbrook, once built a wedding chapel from stone for his beloved Colette Greer. But he went off to fight in Korea and she left, never to return. Now he's about to sell the chapel.
Colette has made a life in New York, star of a soap opera for 60+ years. She should be happy, but she left her heart behind in Tennessee, with Jimmy.
Taylor Branson moves from Heart's Bend, TN to live in New York as a photographer. She marries Jack but things just don't seem right to either one of them. Then she gets called to Heart's Bend to photograph the wedding chapel. There she discovers secrets, wounded hearts and wonders if life will ever be the same.
Rachel Hauck has the ability to cause her readers to become so invested in her characters that it is unreal. A page into the book, you're hooked. The heartaches and lives of these characters filled my heart and I ached for them. I love it when a book makes me feel this way. They jumped right off the page and into my heart, everyone of them. It's hard to pick up another book to read right after you finish one of Hauck's novels. You just want to hang onto these folks for a good long while, continuing to go over their trials, temptations and joys.
As usual, Rachel Hauck has her own special way of bringing the spiritual message to light. She is not afraid to bring Christ into her books and this is a huge draw for me. I FEEL the presence of the Holy Spirit in her books!
Rachel says in the afterword that she believes God created her to write books and she feels His presence during the process. I have to agree with those statements. How else could she write such powerfully, amazing books to the glory of God? Because that's what her books do: glorify God.
Now I am forced to wait a long time for another of Rachel's good books. I highly recommend this book.
On a different timeline, in today's time, Taylor left Heart's Bend to pursue a career as a photographer. She is living in New York. She and Jack, a media specialist, also from Heart's Bend run into each other and marry after a whirlwind romance. But their marriage is on shaky grounds. Jack comes from a dysfunctional background and has problems believing the marriage is going to work out. He is keeping secrets from Taylor about a job offer in a different city, thinking that she won't want to go with him. When Taylor's job sends her on a photo shoot for the soap opera that Collette is a cast member of, she meets Collette, who is actually her grandmother's sister. About the same time, Taylor's job sends her to Heart's Bend for a photo shoot of the wedding chapel that Jimmy built. As Taylor and her sister clean out their recently deceased grandmother's house, the secrets of years ago begin to slowly unravel as she reads her grandmother's journal.
This is a thought provoking story about the frailties and humanity of people and how misunderstandings and secrets can cause so much damage but also the power of redemption and healing through grace. There is a connection between the characters in the different generations that Rachel Hauck has created and she does a great job of telling an amazing story to tie everything together.