The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck (Blog Tour Review & Giveaway)


Welcome to my tour stop for The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck! I've read almost all of Rachel's books and have enjoyed them all. Read my review and hurry and enter the giveaway that ends today below...

The Wedding ChapelThe Wedding Chapel
by Rachel Hauck
Christian Contemporary/Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
November 17th 2015 by Zondervan
Summary

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 Review

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.



This story was definitely character driven, which worked well since I loved the characters. They had insecurities and faults and histories that weren't perfect or even nice in many ways. They struggled. The faltered. They made mistakes. They also searched their hearts. Prayed. They made good decisions or what they thought was best and they fought for that. I cheered them on. I loved both the historical story of Jimmy and Collette (Oh, that sister Peg!!! How I wanted to strangle her!). I loved Jack and Taylor's story. There were moments that cracked me up or made me want to cry because the emotions and struggles were so true (such as the pregnancy feelings and cravings).

It was honestly just a great story. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to book groups and those looking for something that will wring their heart, but be worth the pain for the joyful end.

Content: Some innuendo and closed-door scenes relative to the story and characters - clean.

Source: I would like to thank Zondervan for my complimentary copy through Litfuse Publicity for the book's tour, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

Rachel Hauck

Rachel Hauck 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.


Tour-Wide Giveaway

Is sixty years too long to wait for love? Two stories of romance, one in 1949 and one in the modern day, meet in Rachel Hauck's The Wedding Chapel. When Taylor Branson 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 Jimmy “Coach” Westbrook'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.

Join Rachel in celebrating the release of The Wedding Chapel by entering to win a copy and a $100 cash card—perfect for finishing up your Christmas gift shopping!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of The Wedding Chapel
  • A $100 cash card
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 31st. The winner will be announced January 4th on Rachel's blog.

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