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. She 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—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.
Taking a photography assignment in Heart’s Bend, Taylor is thrown back into a past of family secrets buried deep beneath the sands of time. 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 the wait.
I so enjoy finding authors that are new to me and books that I have not read before. The Wedding Chapel is another one of these books for me.
The drama, the family history full of pain and deceit, the deep unending love of true love. This book had it ALL. And oh my, how I enjoyed every page of this book!
Taylor Branson had it all, but she was still lacking, she just didn’t know why. Her husband Jack also had it all, but he also couldn’t seem to find true happiness. Not in each other, even though they tried and tried. Love seemed like a feeling that they would never be able to explain or even enjoy with each other.
The Wedding Chapel though changed everything. Taylor and Jack come “home” to Heart’s Bend to find that true love can and does exist and everyone can find what their heart desires.
Colette and Jimmy are some of the most fantastically written characters that I have read lately. They make this story come alive. The history they have, the lives they have led, the future that they still have. Some of the best parts of this book included this lively pair. Age had no restrictions on behavior. Not even for these two!
Emotional rollercoaster book for me. I loved the personal depth that each character was given, it made them so much more real. I laughed, I cried, I raged when some of the characters did, I felt it all.
There is no replacement for a story that is well told, and this story is one that I throughly enjoyed. I look forward to reading more from Rachel Hauck in the future. She writes well, with developed characters that I greatly enjoy.
If you are looking for an excellence book, one that takes you deep into the pages, this is that book. Absolutely.
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