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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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It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will. ~Anne Shirley~ (click to tweet)
The world looks like something God had just imagined for His own pleasure, doesn’t it? ~Anne Shirley~ (click to tweet)

Photo Backstory: Graphic One comes from a PicMonkey sample photo, posterized, and Graphic Two features the stunning wildflowers near my nephew’s baseball field. Today just seemed like the day for some Anne Shirley quotes—one of my favorite characters in all of literature!

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But I will sing of your 2a

1. Today I will spend my waking moments with God.

2. Today I will look for God’s hand in all that comes my way.

3. Today I will treat others the way I wish to be treated.

4. Today I will be careful about what I say.

5. Today I will raise the spirits of someone who is discouraged.

6. Today I will do something nice for someone—secretly.

7. Today I will go the extra mile.

8. Today I will ask God to bless the folks who treat me harshly.

9. Today I will not strike back.

10. Today I will forgive.

I’m so glad you stopped in to visit. If you have a comment, suggestion, or verse to add, I’d love to hear from you. Wishing you a wonderful day, friends. Blessings!

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Photo Backstory:  June is marrying season here in upstate NY, and I recently attended a wedding shower for dear former students. The happy couple brought to mind how our God rejoices over us as His bride and eagerly awaits that future wedding. Such a beautiful metaphor for His unfailing love. So I based my graphic on my mom’s wedding day pic from December 1947. I added the original pic to this post just because it’s one of my favorites. Hope this added beauty and blessing to your day. Happy Wednesday, friends! Continue Reading…

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Backstory: The first pic I captured this past weekend on Silver Mountain in Millerton, NY. The second is an antique clock left to me by my grandmother. I used PicMonkey to posterize it! Continue Reading…

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Backstory: I tried the Spurgeon quote a few different ways. The first graphic is a pond near my house, which I posterized through PicMonkey. Love that site!

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