Rachel Hauck’s books breathe romance like no one else’s do. Brides, princesses, beautiful dresses . . . and now a forsaken wedding chapel in Heart’s Bend, Tennessee. Who doesn’t want to read a book about a sixty-something-year-old wedding chapel that has never been used?
What I love most, though, is that Hauck’s books always dig in deeper than that. Her newest book, for example, The Wedding Chapel, is the story of secrets, deception, abandonment, misunderstandings, discovering the truth—and doing something about it, trusting in God’s Spirit to help a person make what’s gone horribly wrong right.
The Wedding Chapel tells the stories of two couples. Taylor and Jack are newly married but neither is sure their marriage is real or meant to stick. When threats come at them from both sides, they must learn to communicate, to fight together for what they both know that they want. The other couple, Jimmy and Collette, were high school sweethearts pledged to be married before the war took him away. They were not to see each other again for more than sixty years. When a sudden decision reunites them, they must decide if the hurt of the past makes a future impossible or not.
My favorite scene was the one where Jack’s last foster father, the one who gave him a home before he aged out of the system, revealed something that brought incredible healing to Jack’s heart and then offered something, once again, that Jack needed almost more than anything, something that Jack was finally ready to receive.
If you enjoy books about broken and messed up people learning how to depend on God to help them figure out how life works best, I recommend The Wedding Chapel to you. I thank Zondervan for sending me a complimentary copy in exchange for this honest review.