Rachel Hauck’s The Wedding Chapel is one of those stories that has all the stuff I love—a connection to the past, a second chance at love, family drama, romance, heartache and healing, reconciliations—and lots of heart.
It’s about a young couple navigating the troubled waters of their marriage and an older couple who never gave their love a chance.
It’s about the games people play when they don’t trust their hearts to those they should be closest to,
How they build barriers to protect themselves,
Or manipulate to get what they want—even if they must rip it out of the hands of someone they’re supposed to cherish—
And after all that, how God can smooth over the pain that has been festering and leave peace and healing in its place.
It’s also about a chapel that takes its place as a special character in the novel . . .
“Majestic with her stone walls and weather-worn beam trim, the chapel drank in the sunlight through the cupola, then reflected it back out through the windows. The canopying beech and cottonwood trees stretched leafy branches over the slanted slate roof, creating a thicket of serenity.”
Coach Jimmy Westbrook had build the chapel for the love of his life . . .
“She was part of him, this place. He’d deposited his sweat, his tears, and his heart here. And buried them with time.”
But somehow Jimmy hadn’t ended up living happily ever after with the girl of his dreams . . .
Too late . . . The truth branded his brain. The twist in his back intensified. Of course it was too late. He was an old man.
Too late to do anything about unfulfilled dreams.
Too late to win a love that was lost.
Too late for everything the chapel represented.
He, a hall-of-fame football coach, had ridden the bench in the game of life, waiting to be called in for a play that never came.”
This sweet story plus a cup of your favorite hot beverage will help you carve out an oasis of calm in the midst of hectic holidays.
My students & I love Rachel’s books. They’re so looking forward to the day I bring my copy to school & add it to our bookshelves.
The Wedding Chapel is a Romantic Times Top Pick and one of Booklist’s Top Inspirational Novels of 2015.
It makes a great gift for teens on up. Follow this link to order the copies you need.
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