The Wedding Chapel

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The Wedding Chapel

The Wedding Chapel (Zondervan, November 2015)

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.

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Reviews

  • “The Wedding Chapel” by author Rachel Hauck is the kind of book that will make you laugh and cry and then laugh and cry again. I have read other books by this author and they were all really thoughtful stories about life. The author is able to write a story that twists and turns and all comes wonderfully together in the end. I really recommend this novel, it was fantastic.

  • The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck was another great book by this author. I have read several books by this author and I have loved them all so this story had a lot to live up to and I love that it was everything that I hoped it would be. I have to say that Jimmy was my favorite out of all the characters.

  • I could not help but think as I read The Wedding Chapel that it would make the perfect book club read – or a Hallmark movie. It has all the right elements: emotional tug, compelling characters, an enduring story, and romance (of course). I would easily recommend it to fans of Kate Morton, Katie Ganshert, Susan Meissner or any of Hauck’s previous novels, for that matter. This is a wonderfully uplifting and incredibly engrossing story that will remind you of the power of secrets and restoration … and how the Truth (and the love of a Father) will set you free.

  • This is the first book I’ve read by Rachel Hauck, but I will definitely be adding her books to my TBR pile! “The Wedding Chapel” is told by alternating characters: Jimmy, Collette, Taylor, and Jack. The story shifts between the present and the past (1948-1951), seamlessly blending everything together to create a beautiful story. At times, the Taylor/Jack storyline is pushed to the side, but stick with it as there is a reason. The characters become more alive to the reader as the story unfolds. While complex, it is very easy to follow and each character is well-developed. This multigenerational tale is full of intricate details and vivid images. It is an uplifting and engaging read which will remind the reader that love requires honesty and risk.

  • There is so much goodness to be found in Rachel Hauck’s stories, and I believe The Wedding Chapel is one of her best yet!

    Told from multiple points of views, I was captivated by the intricacies of this story. I also reveled in the dual time frame and the superb imagery that brought each time period to life. There was a genuineness about the characters and their emotion-filled journeys that captured my heart, as did the wedding chapel and all it represented.

    I loved this beautiful love story and longed to step into its pages and visit the enchanting chapel tucked in the Tennessee woods. I think it’s a place you’ll want to visit, too!

  • THE WEDDING CHAPEL is Rachel Hauck’s most recent book. With a complex plot that spans decades and generations, it is sure to appeal to most of Ms. Hauck’s fans.

    This book is stand-alone, and very well written…

    By the end the story was good (and I loved the faith message).

    The story of the chapel was charming. I loved how it helped to bring love back into lives of the characters and encouraged honesty in their relationships.

  • Reading this well crafted novel was a treat. What a great story! Hauck weaves together the lives of two couples. One is young couple with their marriage in danger and the other is an older couple who never saw their young love fulfilled. This is an excellent story of lies, hurts, forgiveness and restoration, and shows what it means to return to the Father.

  • A love lost and found amidst the cruelty of lies and family. The Wedding Chapel has many twists that will leave you guessing, in tears and praying for the the couples whose lives have been forever changed by one lie.

  • God is at the very heart of The Wedding Chapel, which explores families, faith and a love that never dies.
    The action alternates between 1949 and present day. It is all very beautiful. Rachel Hauck writes with feeling and a strong faith in our loving God.
    A perfectly wonderful read.

  • The past and the present intertwine in this stirring novel that swept me in from the opening pages. Rachel Hauck creates compelling characters and a multi-dimensional story pulsing with love, loss, and hope. Although varying between points of view and even decades, the tale flows smoothly thanks to Hauck’s creative talents.

  • My Thoughts On The Book: I cannot tell you when I have loved a book more than this one. The dual plots were captivating and once I became drawn into the story lines of the characters involved I was hooked. The story starts during WWII and carries on to the present. It is a beautifully written story of what lies, deceit, and spite can do to a family. It is one of those stories that finds you crying one minute and the next moment you are laughing out loud kind of stories. This is a definite read. I loved every aspect of the story. This book was a definite 5 out of 5. I can’t wait for the next Rachel Hauck book to hit the shelves. I hope it is soon.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this e-book free from Litfuse, Net Galley, and Zondervon as part of their Blogging Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  • Doorkeeper says:

    The Wedding Chapel is one of those stories that has all the stuff I love—a connection to the past, a 2nd chance at love, family drama, romance, heartache & healing, reconciliations—& lots of heart.

    It’s about a young couple navigating the troubled waters of their marriage & an older couple who never gave their love a chance.

    It’s about the games people play when they don’t trust their hearts to those they should be closest to,

    How they build barriers to protect themselves,

    Or manipulate to get what they want—even if they must rip it out of the hands of someone they’re supposed to cherish—

    And after all that, how God can smooth over the pain that has been festering and leave peace and healing in its place.

    My students & love Rachel’s books—this one is no exception!

  • I’ve been a huge fan of Rachel’s novels since picking up my first and now I simply need to see her name on the cover for me to pick it up. I’ve never been disappointed. I love the story between Jimmie and Colette the best, to see someone work so hard to show someone how much he truly loves them and holds on to his faith that one day God will restore to him what believes is truly meant to be. I found myself walking around the dusty walls of the old wedding chapel as Rachel describes it and feeling a sense of holiness and promise there and was thrilled at how it all came to a conclusion. For me this one was worthy of all 5 out of 5 stars as the book toggles between present day and the past to convey the stories of the characters lives.

  • MysteriesEtc says:

    The Wedding Chapel is written by author Rachel Hauck. It is a stand-alone novel and is the first book of Rachel Hauck’s that I have read though her books have been on my radar for quite some time.

    Author Hauck has woven together stories from the past and the present. There are four storytellers: Taylor, Jack, Jimmy, and Collette. Between the four of the storytellers, the reader is able to fully understand the story. The story centers around a chapel built by Jimmy.

    I did not have any problem with the story going back and forth. Family secrets make it very intriguing. It makes for a fast reading novel because you want to find out what is going to happen next.

    Heartwarming, emotional and intriguing tale that readers will definitely enjoy.

  • By The Book says:

    More than just a romance, The Wedding Chapel will get you thinking about the twists and turns of life and the importance of faithfulness, forgiveness and grace. It is a highly recommended read!

  • The Wedding Chapel is a little more real and raw than most Christian novels. Some passages may be difficult for a few readers. However, the story is one of forgiveness, redemption and love, making it a worthwhile book to read.
    I received this book from Litfuse and TNZ in exchange for an honest review.

  • I had a bit of a hard time getting into this book. Normally, with Rachel Hauck, I have no choice but to be drawn into the story but this one didn’t come that easily. I think part of the problem was the back and forth between different eras. The multitude of characters left me confused and I had no background to go on until the flashbacks came into play. Some story lines were wrapped up just enough and weren’t clearly taken care of by the book’s end.

    The Wedding Chapel was a good book, but not a favorite. Perhaps someone else will enjoy the tale of the wedding chapel more than I did…

  • This book is told from the perspective of four very different people and spans over decades. At first, I didn’t think I would like reading so many POV’s and was afraid it would be hard to keep everything straight. I was so wrong!

    I ended up loving the different POV’s! I couldn’t wait to read to get to the next person’s story and then the next and the next and the next.

    I can’t decide if I like Taylor and Jack’s story more or Jimmy and Colette’s. I guess I’ll go with Jimmy and Colette. Their love story was EPIC!

    I loved the “secret” and the family dynamics that were so much at play for all the characters.

    And the Wedding Chapel! What do I say about the Wedding Chapel other than I wish I could see it in person. It sounds absolutely beautiful.

    Great book by a great

  • It begins in Heart’s Bend, Tennessee. It ends in Heart’s Bend, Tennessee. Coach had a magical romance with Collette and Taylor began a magical romance with Jack. Each of them have secrets and each of them need to rid themselves of emotional baggage. All of them are wonderful characters that live and breathe on the pages and each romance will touch you as you experience their stories. Ms. Hauck has given us a story with twists and turns and the small wedding chapel is at the heart of all of these secrets coming to light. “The Wedding Chapel” is a marvelous story filled with great romance and some suspense. This book does not disappoint at all. I enjoyed it and I am sure you will also.

  • The Wedding Chapel is another great book by Rachel Hauck. The book follows two stories, one in the 1940’s and one in present time. The two stories are both beautifully told and intertwined in a way that engages the reader. The emotions of the characters are raw and relatable and add a richness to the story, drawing readers in and making them a part of the story. The way the wedding chapel itself is described allowed me to create a vivid picture of it in my head and made me wish that it really existed so I could visit. This is another must read for fans of Rachel Hauck.

  • Fic Gal says:

    I really like the cover of this book. It is simple and pretty. I will admit that I’m not really a fan of stories that go back and forth in time unless there’s an occasional flashback. This story is told in the past and the present but it is done in a way that isn’t confusing and it flows together smoothly. I do think Colette should have been introduced first after the past became the present since she’s more closely tied to the past.

    Read the rest of my review on my site.

  • Rachel Hauck is such an amazing storyteller!

    This book begins in Heart’s Bend, Tennessee. Since I was born and raised in East Tennessee, I felt a kinship right from the start.

    The Wedding Chapel follows several people… Colette and Jimmy; as well as Taylor and Jack. It moves back and forth in time (flashback) for two of the characters, relating how they thought their lives would be – and how they are living now.

    Rachel portrays their different points of view, showing the two couples and how their lives re-connect in Hearts Bend, Tennessee, at the wedding chapel.

    A wedding chapel that, ironically, has never hosted a wedding.

    This was a unique perspective — and I was quickly caught up in the story. Don’t miss out on this wonderful, entertaining book.

  • The best contemporary/historical mixed novel I have ever read! Beautiful and redemptive, this story will captivate you from beginning to end!

  • The Wedding Chapel novel is a very honest, impressive and transparent story of how secrets can be very disruptive to a family for years. However, that isn’t the whole story as readers will enjoy how the characters realize that to move forward from their brokenness to wholeness can happen only when they surrender everything to the Lord. The characters have to be willing to let go of pain, lies, anger, false beliefs and more in order to be fully embraced by God’s truth.

  • I cannot say enough about Rachel Hauck’s AMAZING talent!

    She has been immeasurably blessed!

    And I am blessed, every time I read one of her amazing books!

    I LOVE everything about this book! I love the idea behind it – the wedding chapel that plays into so many different lives…

    I’ve always been a sucker for time-travel stories and while this is not a sci-fi type time travel, it certainly has the same feel, since we move back and forth between the present and the past as we follow two different couples and their journey of love!

    It is such an exceptional story of life… love… and connection!

    Don’t miss out on this wonderful book – or any of Rachel’s others!

  • Hauck is a masterful storyteller, weaving a captivating tale about the healing power of love, commitment, family and forgiveness. I was quickly drawn into both sides of the story and found the characters to be flawed and real, in the best way possible. Hauck seamlessly inserts truth and Biblical wisdom in a way that flows with her story line and characters, without appearing preachy. I would highly recommend this book and you can bet I’ll be checking out her previous novels as well!

  • Talk about pulling off a masterpiece, if anyone can do it, Rachel Hauck sure did with her latest book “The Wedding Chapel.” This book is phenomenal with the characters, the storytelling and her ability to weave two story lines with four points of view is a complete and overwhelming undertaking as an author. A risky move, but well worth it! This book was phenomenal! Don’t miss it!

  • Rachel Hauck gave us something to enjoy and hope and imagine. The Wedding Chapel is one story that one needs to take their time reading, and not breeze through or they might miss the delicate soul of this book, almost mysteriously prompt by the little quaint wedding chapel. Set in dual-time, The Wedding Chapel will let you travel with it to see love and it’s endurance through tragedy, change, prosperity and doubt. And in the end, what will the thump in your heart tell you? Please, take your time in experience decades that didn’t destroy but hoped.

    For my full review, please see: http://justcommonly.blogspot.com/2015/12/the-wedding-chapel-giveaway.html

  • I have mixed thoughts about this book. While it is well written and is an interesting story with some unique lessons in it, I didn’t enjoy the story as much as the Royal Wedding Series. I felt like it just fell short, but that was partially due to some of the characters and themes of the story. I did like the ending though! I would give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

  • Rachel Hauck’s latest novel is phenomenal!! My heart grieved when the characters went through their trials and separation. It cried when the characters faced the hurts and secrets of the past and rejoiced when they found acceptance and love. Excellent and incredible story!!

  • This was certainly a cute read. I really enjoyed it. 🙂 Normally I don’t pick up too many contemporary books, but having read one of Rachel Hauck’s other books and enjoying it, I wasn’t hesitant to try another, and I’m glad I did! This one had pieces of the story that were set in the late 40’s/early 50’s, and it was all so delightfully depicted.

  • There are a lot of characters to keep track of in this book and they switch off telling their stories throughout the book. So, you do have to stay on top of remembering who is who and what all their stories are to really understand the book. It did seem to get too much at some points but overall I really loved the story line, the characters and their stories and the ending! 🙂

    Overall, it wasn’t my favorite book of Hauck’s but still overall a great book! I can’t wait to read more from Rachel Hauck in the future!

  • ‘The Wedding Chapel’ was romantic to the core. Incredibly well written, hard to put down, and with an essence of Noah and Allie, ‘The Wedding Chapel’ fully deserves five stars.

  • snidbits says:

    I knew I had to read this book for two reasons. It’s by Rachel Hauck – I love anything she writes – and it’s set in my home state. This was such a great read! Because the story is being told from four different points of view, I had to really pay attention at first, trying to keep up with everything. The story also jumps from the past to the present. But I love how Taylor, Jack, Collette and Jimmy’s stories intertwined! Rachel did a great job of spreading humor throughout the book.

  • The Wedding Chapel is the first book by Rachel Hauck that I’ve read. To say the least, I was blown away! Hauck’s cast of characters and the way their lives intertwined with one another make for a very compelling read. The stories of Taylor and Jack, Jimmy and Collette, Peg and the place of Heart’s Bend, TN are filled with crises of faith, love, hope and the beauty of reconciliation. Hauck keeps readers riveted and turning pages with a thread of suspense and masterfully tells the story of a wedding chapel hid away in TN. The revelations are surprising as Hauck tells the story switching flawlessly between the past and the present. Don’t miss this endearing story! Your heart will be encouraged.

  • Rachel Hauck rules the field of romance writing. She is one of the few writers whose books I could pick up at any time and read over and over again, no matter my mood or external circumstances. In fact, I don’t just reread them, but I’m ready to flip back to the beginning immediately upon reading the final words. They’re that good – I’m never ready to leave the characters.

    I realize that The Wedding Chapel just released, but I’m not ready to put it down. I see more rereading of Hauck’s books in my near future ….

  • I enjoyed this story and the complexity of the characters. It held my attention and I grew to really like so many of the people of this story. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

  • One thing about The Wedding Chapel is, it shifts from viewpoint to viewpoint, and from time period to time period. This makes it rather challenging to follow. It took awhile for me to actually “get in to” the book.

    If you enjoy historic novels, modern-day Christian romance, stories that shift between viewpoints, you might want to check out The Wedding Chapel.

  • Excellent book intertwining the lives of various characters both in NYC and Heart’s Bend, Tennessee. I loved the characters and how God’s work in their lives was subtle but sure. I enjoyed the culmination of the character’s stories at the end of the story.

  • I just can’t say enough good things about The Wedding Chapelw. But, I’ll try. First, the characters are from a Tennessee small town. Charming, yes? Second, the book has a story-within-a-story, one of those writing techniques that I tend to love. Finally, there were enough twists in the story that I had to read page by page. I didn’t skim one bit. The Wedding Chapel is definitely one of my favorite reads of 2015. If you like stories with a bit of history, sincere romance, and done with intelligent humor, check out The Wedding Chapel!

  • What a wonderfully touching story of faith, hope, heartache and pain. A story of couples that struggle with where to go from here.

  • Moments says:

    This latest novel from Rachel Hauck is in my top ten favorite books that I have read this year. Seriously, it is very well-written and with two stories woven together I was completely wrapped up in all of the characters’ lives and their stories spanning across generations and years. The chapel that Jimmy lovingly built with his hands has set empty and has been a secret for so many years and this amazing piece of architecture brings Taylor back home.

  • WORD Up! says:

    This was a difficult novel for me to engage. I didn’t invest in the characters right away and actually put the book down for several days to read other things. I only picked it up because I promised to read and review it. Normally, I really enjoy Rachel Hauck’s books, but this one was a lot of work. Multiple points of view and two different eras are written about and sometimes the transitions feel choppy. I would blame that more on my own inability to engage the story rather than Hauck’s writing. I’ll have to shelf it for a while and try reading it again in the future.

  • The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck is a culmination of three stories. You have what is talking place in the preset for Taylor; a girl living in a marriage that’s lost it’s flair. There’s Collette; a retired actress who spent decades as a monarch and loving mother and wife, but has none of it off-screen. Then there’s Jimmy, the retired football hall-of-fame coach, who’s trying to find the meaning in a small, wedding chapel back in Heart’s Bend, Tennessee.

    They all come together in a manner of ways- each with a meaning but unsure of any purpose. It takes a photography assignment to bring things to a head and it’s a heart-warming story that goes back and forth through years and years for an explanation.

  • “The Wedding Chapel” by Rachel Hauck is the story of a man’s family secrets that haunt him almost seventy years later. Jimmy Westbrook fell in love with a photograph. Colette Greer and her older sister, Peg, were sent to their aunt’s home in Tennessee after the death of their parents during the Second World War in England. Jimmy Westbrook fell for Colette. He built a wedding chapel where they could be married after he returned from the war. This story is about the fruition of people’s dreams. Sometimes it takes a long time for dreams to be fulfilled, but they are ever sweeter for the wait. I received a print copy of this book from LitFuseGroup.com in return for my honest review.

  • This was a great book that went from the past to the present seamlessly and told the story of two couple from both the past and the present. Once again Rachel Hauck has performed a wonderful task in writing this book Great Job.

  • From the moment I started reading Rachel Hauck’s novel, I was sucked into the story. Life outside the book ceased to exist, hunger fled, and I read until I was done, except as I was getting close to the end I tried to make the story not end. You know, until you read the words the end, the book is not finished. My emotions were on high alert. I expected to love the story, because I love her other novels. But that did not give me any idea how much this book has become a part of me. I do know that it will make a difference in my life. Taylor is the girl I would like to be. Yes, she made mistakes, but she goes after what she wants, in a good way, not using others to get it. From the start I identified with Collette, and as her story unfolded I needed that box of Kleenex.

  • Rachel Hauck has become synonymous with romance and her latest book, The Wedding Chapel, is just what her readers have come to love about her books. This book takes us into the lives of Taylor, a photographer, and Jack in the town Taylor grew up in. Laced with a rocky relationship and secrets dying to come to the surface, it is one I found hard to put down.
    What I appreciate most about Rachel’s books is that they are always trustworthy. She includes the Gospel message somewhere in the book and always has a guaranteed clean read. No offensive content, ever.

  • I love how Rachel uses the multi-character approach to telling the story. It allows the reader a greater insight into several perspectives and helps them more fully understand the story. With the story spanning 60 years, she also takes advantage of the different times to keep the story moving, both with flashbacks as we are reading the story and with actual sections devoted to telling the story in a current fashion simply set in earlier year. Both of these wound together, really let the reader fully immerse in the story and feel connected to the characters. Yet, even in all of this connection, she still manages to surprise the reader with minor turns and twists in the plot. Sure, some of the turns you start to ponder, but it is not until she reveals the turn that you are completely sure.

  • What a beautiful story about lost love, the uncertainties of love and how love overcomes. This book was a delightful read filled with romance. excellent characters and an engrossing storyline. I loved how it wove two stories into one, it made it all the more interesting and I really cared about what happened to all of the characters. I loved all of the twist and turns the stories took and really enjoyed this book. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Just a warning… don’t start this book in the evening, it is near impossible to put down!! I started reading it around 7:00 and really struggled to go to bed. I would have stayed up all night reading it, but I had a busy day the next day and had to put it down. I couldn’t wait to grab it first thing in the morning. One of my latest favorites!!

  • I love that Hauck was inspired by a wedding chapel that she saw and from that one sight was able to construct such a lovely, complex story. More and more I am reading novels with characters who span the spectrum of adulthood, and that is so refreshing. That Jimmy (Coach) and Collette are more than elderly minor characters added to the story for a little color is what makes this romance a romance worth reading. That Jack and Taylor were drawn to each other by their past and their hometown, yet don’t have a solid footing for their marriage underlines how much our perceptions, even of ourselves, affects how we behave. Both Jack and Taylor were preparing themselves for failure rather than investigating what it took to be successful at marriage. Sadly that is probably a reality being played out daily in homes across the world. When given the opportunity to review this book, I almost passed, despite having enjoyed other novels by Rachel Hauck. Another “wedding” book just did not appeal to me, but I am so glad that something prompted me to accept LITFUSE’s invitation to review THE WEDDING CHAPEL. This book gives us a look at commitment and lasting love as well as at the damaging effect of unchecked jealousy and self-doubt. I would highly recommend this title to Christian bookclubs, and just a book to share with a friend. Take the time to discuss who is favorite character and then maybe investigate the history of some (wedding) chapels near your home.

  • I’m not really sure what I expected when I first started reading The Wedding Chapel, but I was blown away. I go to a LOT of weddings each year, since I photograph them. So I was prepared to be a bit critical when it came to this novel, and I was still wowed. This is a double timeline style book where you must navigate the stories of two different couples. One from 60 years before (this being the bride who the chapel was intended for in the first place) and a current couple, both being from the same small town in Tennessee. I felt emotionally torn at times, and very uplifted at others. This is a very well written, well executed piece.

  • Wow! Author Rachel Hauck has created a beautiful and inspiring novel about lost love, finding love, relationships, and hope. I would highly recommend this story to readers of Womens and Christian Fiction.

  • 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.

  • Hauck has a way of writing Christian fiction in a way where faith is interwoven into the story in a very natural, realistic, relatable way. I am a huge fan of Christian fiction and that is not always easy to do. Usually the “God parts” seem weird and out of place sometimes. However, the way Hauck shows God working through all the aspects of the character’s lives is refreshing because it feels authentic. It feels like something you and me deal with on a daily basis. And that is why you love Hauck’s writing, because you always feel like you are right there in the story with the characters with them and you really care about them too. A lot. The love stories are never superficial, but full of romance in a way that you don’t usually read about in contemporary romance. Great read!

  • Oh. My. Goodness. I’m a huge fan of Rachel Hauck’s books, but none have ever grabbed me quite like this one-The Wedding Chapel.

    I enjoyed that the story was told through each character’s point of view-both as teenagers and then again as adults. Through the flash backs, I was able to get the backstory of the characters which put everything that was currently happening in their lives in perspective.

    The characters broke my heart because of all of the hard-ships they suffered so young. It really brought into focus the stark realities of war and broken families, and how they affect children of all ages. The story also showed how prayer and forgiveness can help heal wounds and bring people together.

  • EmpowerMoms says:

    I’ve read a couple other books by this author which I loved so I guess I had high expectations for this story as well. I felt it was slow at parts and somewhat hard to follow because it went back and forth between modern day characters and characters from the late 1940s. The story line and characters all tied together in the end but it was still hard to follow alot of the time.

  • THE WEDDING CHAPEL was another roller-coaster ride of emotions from Rachel Hauck. I always feel like Rachel writes from the heart about real struggles and difficulties that readers can relate to on some level. This story was no different. It was heartbreaking, but also beautifully hopeful for two couples who must face their past and let it go in order to accept a better and brighter future. They must forgive and choose to not repeat mistakes. To open their hearts and risk the possibility of failure. To love in order to see that there is something better and stronger and more for them that God is pushing them towards. It was a book that left my heart full at the end and one I’d definitely recommend to those who have enjoyed this author’s other books and who enjoy Christian romantic fiction.

  • From its rural setting in the small Tennessee town of Heart’s Bend, to its rich characterization and emotional depth, this is my kind of book, a story that has that special something that’s hard to describe. There’s an ethereal quality, grace and elegance, symbolism, and the feel of God’s heart throughout. Rachel’s writing is exquisite and the feel of the story is a little reminiscent of the family saga format that I’ve always loved, only shorter. This is one of my favorite reads of the year….The story ends in an emotionally satisfying way, ripe with the joy of forgiveness and a fresh start – reminding me of these promises found in Christ as well. The Wedding Chapel is an enjoyable and compelling read. Highly recommended.

  • Gentle love stories with stirring themes of faith and redemption are the status quo when it comes books by Rachel Hauck. The Wedding Chapel continues with a nostalgic tale of love lost with a modern day romance woven in just like The Wedding Dress. The beautiful, serene covers will draw you in and the stories between will keep you turning pages.

  • The Wedding Chapel is about the success of a person’s dreams. Sometimes it takes a long time for that dream to be fulfilled, but sometimes they are well worth the wait & appreciated all the more. If you are looking for a good book to read, I would suggest you read “The Wedding Chapel”.

  • I think this was a really beautiful, sad, and lovely book. This is the story of Jimmy and Collette, of Taylor and Jack, of Peg and Collette. This book shows how jealousy can ruin lives, how miscommunication can devastate a relationship, and how far deception really can go.

  • 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 relationship with my own sister before we opened up and could talk to each other about things that happened in our youth. This book made me think about how I need to learn how to be better at communicating my true feelings to others.

  • The Wedding Chapel book by Rachel Hauck is a good read that tells a story between two friends and sisters. Yes, this is a love story but a good love story that jumps around a bit but easy to follow along with. The moral of the story is that even after 60 years love can be right in front of your face and it’s never too late to wait for it. If you love a good love story, I suggest reading The Wedding Chapel.

  • Letters received and letters not received. More than just two lives are affected by those letters. An a wedding chapel was completed for a wedding that didn’t take place.

    Then well meaning relatives ended up in the mix. Taylor and Jack’s marriage appears to be down the tubes before it ever really got a good start. Lack of communication will do things like that, and their relationship is not the only one that’s a mess because people don’t talk to one another.

    This book is one that can really flush out the tear ducts, especially the latter part of the story. You’ll need to have that box of tissues handy.

    Thank you, Ms Hauck, for this beautiful story of love lost and possibly found again.

    ***A special thank you to litfuse for providing a review copy.***

  • Rachel really knocked it out the park with this novel, and I cannot sing her praises loudly enough. She did an amazing job of weaving together all four stories: Jimmy, Collette, Taylor, and Jack’s, in a way that creates a beautiful patterned quilt of life, love, and God’s redeeming grace. I was blessed by this story, blessed by the beautiful ending, and I already know I will be reading it again and again. As you can probably already tell, I give this fantastic story all five bookshelves, and a place on my all-time favorites list. I highly recommend this wonderful novel, as I am sure it will touch your heart just like it touched mine.

  • I really liked the characters, and it was really sad at times because of the nature of the story. The Wedding Chapel built for this special bride sounds like a beautiful place, built in the quiet hills of Tennessee. I enjoyed Jimmy and Collette’s story, and I was sure wanting the two to find each other again and use this chapel.

  • If you have been a fan of author Rachel Hauck, you will absolutely LOVE this new release from her! It is an incredible new read from her. Full of absolutely lovely characters, a couple of fantastic story lines, and enough emotion to make a Nicholas Sparks fan cry at the drop of a pin. Seriously, one of my favorite reads this year in Christian romance! With the main theme of redemption seen throughout the book, there are a good number of twists and turns and it was a fantastic combo of romance and historical fiction, making it perfect for fans of both genres of literature. I cannot wait to read more from this author! And won’t have to wait long as her upcoming release, The Wedding Shop, comes out in August 2016!!
    I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

  • This is a beautiful story of long lost love and unrequited romance – set in both the modern world and also in 1948 and caught between Manhattan and Tennessee – there are viewpoints from the characters as they reminiscence and remember things from their past.Thankfully Rachel Hauck made it easy to know which view point was being read at any given moment. I fell in love right away with Jimmy and Collette’s love story – once they find out about letters that were kept away and the misunderstandings that have kept them apart of 60 years – you’ll fall in love too.

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