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The Wedding Chapel

Renee Ann Smith —  December 13, 2015 — 9 Comments

Rachel Hauck Wedding Chapel

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.”

Wedding Chapel Rachel HauckI think that’s all I can share here without giving too much of this wonderful novel away. You’ll just have to read it for yourself. Grab a copy today & tuck it away to enjoy when you have time.

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.

Follow this link to enter Rachel’s $100 GIVEAWAY & you might also win a copy of the book!

Thanks for stopping by today, story lovers! Blessings, friends!

Wedding Chapel Rachel Hauck

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I officially began Spring Break on Friday, and boy, have I enjoyed some great reads in just a few days! Since I’m hoping to accomplish my vacation to-do list this week, I figured the easiest blogging would be to put together some quick reviews of my weekend reading while the stories were fresh in my mind.

The first book was an action packed mystery called Judgment Day by Wanda L. Dyson, which features the detective duo of Marcus Crisp and Alexandria Fisher-Hawthorne. Marcus is a tall, dark, handsome tough guy who operates from a deep code of honor. He’s controlled, methodical, and as honest as the day is long. Alexandria is a sophisticated, rich girl who has spurned her parents’ world for a life of adventure with Marcus. She’s headstrong, thrives in chaos, and has a habit of nicking the bad guys’ ears to keep them in line.

Marcus and Alexandria are so good together, they’ve earned a place on my list of favorite male/female detective pairings along with other literary and television greats, such as . . .

William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles

Susan St. James and Rock Hudson as MacMillan and Wife

Stephanie Zimblast and Pierce Brosnan in Remington Steele

Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic in Castle

As you can see, they’re in good company!

In this adventure, Marcus and Alexandria work to prove the innocence of his former flame, the cold-hearted news anchor, Suzanne Kidwell, when she is accused of murder. During the twists and turns of the investigation, we meet an array of suspects, from the most important men in the city to mafia types to petty thugs. The lives of the main characters, as well as their loved ones, are periodically endangered. And several characters suffer family tragedies unrelated to the crime. This story is an exciting, fast read with just the right amount of suspense, danger, and heart.

I’m putting Wanda L. Dyson on my list of must-read authors and hoping to grab a few more of her books before my summer break arrives—in eight weeks!

***Thanks to WaterBrook Multonomah for providing a free copy of this book for me to review. To purchase your own copy and check out her other books, follow this link to Wanda’s Amazon Author Page.

Giveaway: Are you up for a vicarious adventure? I’m giving away my copy of Judgment Day to one fortunate follower. All you have to do to be part of this drawing is let me know two things in a comment. 1. That you’re interested in winning the book. 2. How you follow–either through RSS feed, GFC, email, Twitter, Networked Blogs, or Facebook. I’ll fire up the old Random Number Generator to choose the winner and announce him or her on Thursday, April 21st.