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Hope travels with her evangelist father to introduce their church to coal mining families in West Virginia. Hope Irvine captures the attention of Luke Hughes a poor miner who shares her love for God. He suspects her missions of mercy might be the mine manager's cover for illegal purposes. If he reveals the truth, it might put her in harms way.
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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With her penchant for seeing the best in everyone, Hope Irvine sees a world full of good people in hard places. When her father accepts a position traveling in a chapel car as an on-the-rail missionary, she is determined to join him in his efforts and put her musical skills to good use by serving the mining families of West Virginia, saving their souls, and bettering their lives.
Luke Hughes shares Hope's love of music and her love of God, but as a poor miner he knows he can offer her no future. Still, the notes she sings resonate in his heart. When she begins to travel with a young mine manager to neighboring counties, Luke can hardly suppress his jealousy. It isn't until he begins to suspect these missions of mercy might be the mine manager's cover for illegal purposes, though, that Luke feels justified in speaking up. But how can he discover the truth without hurting Hope or, worse, putting her in danger?
CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Life in a Coal Mining TownSeptember 15, 2017CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Life with her aunt in Pittsburgh was quite different from the life Hope finds in the coal mining town of Finch, West Virginia! Hope is a strong character who lives with her father in a small portion of the railroad chapel car. Luke Hughes may have grown up with no other options but working in the mines or making moonshine to care for his widowed mother siblings but he wants to work for God. You will learn how the mine owners keep the impoverished people dependent upon them. The Chapel Car Bride was an interesting read.
BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Sweet romance with interesting historical elementsJune 24, 2017BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Hope is a loving daughter and a compassionate young woman. She might be abit naive but Hope is determined to work alongside her father in the chapel car organizingservices and meeting people's needs in small communities along the rail lines. Hope is the kind of gal who has a big heart and makes friends with ease.
Luke has grown up in a small West Virginia mining town where folks work hard day in and day out but rarely get ahead. He has a heartwarming relationship with his mother and younger siblings and he's patiently maturing into a solid man of faith. Luke is a natural leader and protector.
The Chapel Car Bride is a lovely, well-balanced story with a touch of danger, a sweet little romance, and a healthy dose of Christian love. My granny grew up in a small mining community around this time period so for me, this book has an added sentimental value.Nicely done!
I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
Robin Willson5 Stars Out Of 5Hope is a good name for this character.June 10, 2017Robin WillsonQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 5I didnt know that there were Pullman chapel cars. They only stayed in an area for a short time bringing God's message to isolated areas that did not have a resident preacher. Hope is a good name for this character. After living apart from him for some time, she convinces her father to let her go with him to extend missionary services to a small community. They travel in the chapel car, where they live and hold church services. Two men come into her life. Only one genuinely cares for her but she has a hard time seeing them clearly not realizing the situation shes being put in. Engaging characters, very well written tale that keeps you on the edge until the end. Good lessons in faith, learning who you are and caring throughout. Another fabulous book from Judith Miller!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Bethany House Publishers - Netgalley book review bloggers 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html
Melissa4 Stars Out Of 5Very much centered around the gospelJune 5, 2017MelissaQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I haven't had the chance to read anything by Judith until now. I was intrigued by the plot and setting of this book.
I have to say I will definitely be reading her books in the future. This book is rich in character development and the unique setting of a chapel train car.
I also appreciated that this story is so much centered around spreading the God News of Jesus Christ. That is difficult to do and still maintain an interesting plot and love story. But Judith managed to do it.
Hope is a determined young woman who won't let anything stand in her way when it comes to sharing the good news. Luke is a wonderful hero who shows up always just in time.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. If you like historical romance I think you will like this one.
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Laura Davis3 Stars Out Of 5Fell FlatMay 30, 2017Laura DavisQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0One of the things that drew me to read The Chapel Car Bride by Judith Miller was the concept and the cover. So I was very excited to read it, however, it did not meet my expectations.
Don't get me wrong, this is a very well-written book, but I was longing for the story about the bride (Hope) and her groom and at least a little tension on how she becomes one, but it just wasn't there.
From the outset, we know who the villain is and this bothered me because I would have liked to guess (along with Hope) which beau to trust of the two who were trying to court her. Yes, there was deception involved but not in the way I was expecting. Also, there were few exciting moments that would urge me to keep reading. Instead, I had to force myself to finish the novel. Not a good sign.
The history of the Chapel Car was intriguing and I loved the faith displayed by Hope, her father, and Luke, which is always a plus. Unfortunately, that alone could not save this book for me.