Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck #BookReview

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About "The Wedding Chapel":

For sixty years, a wedding chapel sat silent, waiting for love. But times have changed and the hour has come when it just might be too late.

Retired hall-of-fame football coach Jimmy “Coach” Westbrook never imagined anything would come of his labor of love—the wedding chapel he built for Collette Greer, the woman he fell for back in ‘49. But now an offer has come to turn the chapel into what it was meant to be—a place for love—and Jimmy sees no reason to hang onto his dream any longer.

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 abysmal marriage rate. But love surprises her when she falls head-over-heels for Jack Forester, a top ad man. Their whirlwind romance results in an elopement, and a mountain of doubt. Jack, while genuine in his love for Taylor, can never seem to overcome his own demons to find the words of his heart.

When Taylor takes an assignment in Heart’s Bend, the job does more than send her back to her hometown, but into a world of family secrets buried beneath the sands of time.

When Taylor’s journey intersects with Coach’s, they rediscover the heartbeat of their dreams and that the love they long to hold is right in front of them. And worth every waiting moment.

My thoughts:

This is the fourth book I have read by Rachel and once again I found myself throughly engrossed in the story. This is a story within a story about two couples who have to learn about how important communication is between two people who love each other. 
Sometimes people can be so engrossed in their own thoughts they don't let others in for fear of saying or doing the wrong thing. Peg and Colette's relationship reminds me of my own relationship with one of my sister's before we opened up and could talk to each other about things that happened in our youth. It is amazing how people can grow up in the same household and experience the same things but view them in different ways. Like Colette, I chose to accept things as they were and my sister took things more personal like Peg. Unfortunately, these differences caused some very emotional scenes. It took a very heated argument for us both to realize that we do love each other and we don't have to always agree. This book made me think about how I need to learn how to be better at communicating my true feelings to others. I found it interesting that Jimmy held on to his commitment to Colette for so many years so I was glad to see that Colette came back when she could tell that he was giving up when she found out he was selling the chapel. Visit Rachel's website to learn more, purchase a copy on Amazon.

About Rachel Hauck:

She is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as "The Wedding Dress," "Love Starts with Elle," and "Once Upon A Prince." She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel, "Softly and Tenderly," one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals. She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets.

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