Friday, January 15, 2016

Book Review: "The Wedding Chapel" by Rachel Hauck

Jimmy Westbrook built a wedding chapel for his love, Colette Greer, but when she left for New York, it stood empty and unused. Will Jimmy find what he's been searching for?

Taylor Branson's whirlwind romance and elopement were not what she expected. Now things aren't going so smoothly. Is her marriage doomed like so many others in her family?

When Taylor takes a photography assignment back in their hometown, long held secrets are brought to light. Can this special place bring peace?

I have read books by Rachel Hauck in the past and enjoyed them, but when I read the blurb for "The Wedding Chapel", I decided to pass on reading it. I'm not that into the "already married, but need to work on our marriage" story line. However, a group I belong to, The Fiction Guild" sent me this book to review.

There is a lot to keep track of in the book with it following Jimmy, Colette, Taylor, and Jack, as well as flipping back and forth between the past and the present. I found the characters to be interesting and I wanted to know what was the deal with why everyone was acting the way that they were.  I found myself frustrated and angry over the secrets and lies that had so completely altered peoples lives which shows the book was well written, I guess. It made me almost glad that I had finished the book and to know the secrets were finally revealed.  There is a Christian message throughout the book, but the characters didn't live very Christian lives with many of them having "been" with people they weren't married to. It didn't give details, just that they had done it in the past. I understand that sometimes Christian people mess up and do things they shouldn't, but I rather like pure heroes and heroines. I actually guessed at the biggest secret in the book about halfway through the book and just had to wait to see I was right.

"The Wedding Chapel" is available in paperback:
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (November 17, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310341523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310341529
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches

in large print hardcover:
  • Series: Thorndike Press Large Print Christian Romance Series
  • Hardcover: 590 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (February 10, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141048503X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410485038

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 1727 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (November 17, 2015)
  • Publication Date: November 17, 2015
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00UF72AE2

I received a free copy of this book in order for me to review it and give my honest opinion. All thoughts and opinions are my own and no other compensation was received.

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