The Wedding Chapel  -     By: Rachel Hauck
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Zondervan / 2015 / Paperback

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The Wedding Chapel, by Rachel Hauck

Jimmy Westbrook is a now retired famous football player and coach, who built a wedding chapel by hand for Collette Greer whom he lost many years ago.  A local realtor recommends Jimmy sell the chapel.  Will he sell the chapel?

Collette is a famous 82 year old actress.  When she hears that the chapel is for sale, she is compelled to go see it.  What has kept her away all these years? 

Taylor Branson is a commercial photographer who meets ups with advertising representative Jack Forester.  They are impulsive and quickly elope.  Within six months they are not getting along.  Will they be able to make it work?  Taylor photographs the Chapel for Architectural Digest.  She inherits her grandmother’s home and finds a letter her grandmother wrote about a secret.  What is this secret?

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310341523
ISBN-13: 9780310341529

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Publisher's Description

From New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes The Wedding Chapel.

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.

Author Bio

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 Facebook: rachelhauck Twitter: @RachelHauck

Editorial Reviews

“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. ”
'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

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A real winner! I didn't want to put it down!
    November 4, 2016
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I really enjoyed The Wedding Chapel. I didn't want it to end. I just wish The Wedding Shoppe & it's owners had had a bigger part in this story. I hope there's another one coming soon!
  2. Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love's True Heartbeat
    May 7, 2016
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I had read SO many glowing reviews of this book, and it had sat SO long in my to-be-read pile, that I almost hated to open it and find that it fell short of my expectations. But Rachel Hauck does not disappoint - it was a great read that I zipped through in three days.

    Loved the inter-generational parallel love stories, and the flashbacks that gave depth to this story-within-a-story. You couldn't help but root for the heart-broken characters in this book (which would be about everybody!). Each one was realistic, and the witty conversations flowed easily. Plenty of secrets to be uncovered, and plot twists to be enjoyed.

    This is a perfect volume to take on vacation when you have plenty of time to turn definitely won't want to put it down! Delicious from cover to cover.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Pay Attention to Characters!
    March 29, 2016
    Susan Barrett
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck is, from what I've been able to tell, a sequel of sorts to The Wedding Dress. I have not read the latter and this book worked as a stand-alone for me. I like Rachel Hauck's works because the are unique in the way that they weave in God's plan for the characters and how He speaks to them. The Wedding Chapel was fairly confusing to me, as I didn't read it in one sitting. Each chapter is from a different of four characters' viewpoints, two in the early 1950s, and two in the present. For me, putting the book down and picking up over a couple of weeks, I quickly got confused which characters and plots were which. Figuring out the relationships between the four was also confusing, but ultimately rewarding. I would still recommend this though! It was a different "romance"; it was more than the boy-meets-girl and falls in love. The Wedding Chapel had many twists and turns and interweaving of characters' lives, so I would say to lean towards reading it when you have a lot of time on your hands. I would also recommend it to a little of an older audience because of some of the themes, betrayal, and choices that the characters made. Overall, it was a fantastic read.

    Thank you so much to the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction Guild for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive, nor were they affected by anything other than the book itself.
  4. Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    5 Stars Isn't Enough!
    March 22, 2016
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    OH THE FEELS!!! I absolutely hate that term but now I know what it means. This book has so many feelings and emotions tied into it, there is no good way to say just how good it is. I loved it from page one and I didn't know I could fall deeper in love with it, but I did. I have never read a book that made me love, hate, cry and smile the way this book did.

    Taylor and Jack decided to be crazy and elope. Now they were balancing a not so successful marriage with work and trying to figure out how their marriage fit.

    Collette is a famous soap opera star at the end of her career. Can she go back fifty years to the life she could have had?

    Jimmy built the chapel for the love of his life. Can he sell it and finally be truly happy.

    I can't even begin to explain why everyone in the world should read this book! Rachel has now become an author that I will highly recommend and that I will always want to read. She does an amazing job of playing to all of your emotions. If the characters are sad or hurt you are too. If they are happy, you are jumping up and down happy with them. There were times in this book where I was so emotional involved I felt like I was there. She also brings to light how not talking in any relationship can lead to misunderstandings that can ruin a relationship. Even though at times the subject matter would not be suitable for children, she does a good job of getting her point across without saying to much.

    This has probably been the best book I have read this year and I can't wait to read more by Rachel.

    I received The Wedding Chapel from The Fiction Guild in exchange for my review. A positive review was not required.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    First book I'd read by Rachel Hauck
    March 8, 2016
    Debi @2014andBeyond
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    The Wedding Chapel was the first book written by Rachel Hauck that I have read. At first, I didn't think I was going to care for this book; it seemed like there was just too much information. While I did think the story was interesting, I struggled with Ms. Hauck's telling of it. As the story progressed though - probably about halfway through the book - the story turned out to be a really good one.

    I feel that Rachel writes from her heart about real broken family struggles, and the drama that goes along with it. The Wedding Chapel is a complex story of interwoven lives, souls seeking peace, secrets, forgiveness, and second chances. The characters were real and I enjoyed their journey each went on within themselves.

    The Wedding Chapel reminds me of something like time-travel because the story moves back and forth from Heart's Bend, Tennessee in 1948 where it is a lost love story of Jimmy and Colette and then to flash forward to the present where it is a modern love story of Jack and Taylor in New York. Due to the style of this writing, the reader is following the two different couples on their journey of love.

    At the heart of this story is the wedding chapel, symbolizing hope and healing, while at the same time conveying that there is no time limit on love and second chances.I loved the location of the chapel and the romances of the four characters. This book is such a great love story and also has a hint of suspense regarding a secret one of the characters held. The Wedding Chapel is a book that I will remember.

    If you enjoy books about inspirational romance and learning how to depend on God to help see your blessings I would highly recommend this one. This book would make a really good book club reading book or as a Hallmark movie.

    I received a paperback copy of this book without cost from the publisher through The Fiction Guild, a Thomas Nelson/Zondervan book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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