When a wedding chapel in a rural Tennessee town no one knows about is discovered by an architecture magazine, the secrets it holds begin to be revealed. Sixty years prior, a man in love built the chapel for the woman he intended to marry. Then he was sent away to war and forces intervened to keep them apart. Now the chapel is the gateway to love rekindled for two couples who are bound by more than they know.
The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck is an endearing story set across decades, with similarities to the popular Nicholas Sparks book The Notebook (but so much better, in my opinion). (Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my review.)
Hauck delivers in-depth characters in retired football hall of famer Jimmy Westbrook and soap opera star Colette Greer, now both in their 80s, whose lives have been separated by misunderstanding and unforgiveness. And the spontaneous and fledgling love between Taylor Branson and Jack Forester, who reconnected in New York after growing up in the same Tennessee town, is gut-wrenchingly realistic. I was drawn into each character’s point of view individually, and was moved by the journey each one takes to heal from past hurts.
Hauck weaves the storylines seamlessly and creates the right amount of drama to keep the pages turning. This story of hope, love, forgiveness and reconciliation is a must-read for romance readers.