Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Wedding Chapel + GIVEAWAY

How will 4 different lives connect and find peace through a simple wedding chapel?

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Title:  The Wedding Chapel
Author:  Rachel Hauck
Publisher:  Zondervan
Release Date:  November, 2015

      

ABOUT THE BOOK

For sixty years, a wedding chapel sat silent, waiting for love. But times have changed and the hour has come when it just might be too late.

Retired hall-of-fame football coach Jimmy "Coach" Westbrook never imagined anything would come of his labor of love---the wedding chapel he built for Collette Greer, the woman he fell for back in '49. But now an offer has come to turn the chapel into what it was meant to be---a place for love---and Jimmy sees no reason to hang onto his dream any longer.

Photographer Taylor Branson is trying to make a life for herself in New York. Leaving her hometown of Heart's Bend, Tennessee, she put a lot of things behind her, including her family's abysmal marriage rate. But love surprises her when she falls head-over-heels for Jack Forester, a top ad man. Their whirlwind romance results in an elopement, and a mountain of doubt. Jack, while genuine in his love for Taylor, can never seem to overcome his own demons to find the words of his heart.

When Taylor takes an assignment in Heart's Bend, the job does more than send her back to her hometown, but into a world of family secrets buried beneath the sands of time.

When Taylor's journey intersects with Coach's, they rediscover the heartbeat of their dreams and that the love they long to hold is right in front of them. And worth every waiting moment.

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MY THOUGHTS

Is 60 years too long for love to find its way? I don't know, but after this book, I really think true love is timeless, and 60 years may really not be that long.  This is a love story, or rather several love stories. Misunderstood love, mis-communicated love, selfish love, unwanted love, forgiving love and destined love.  Love in not only the romantic sense, but also love between parent and child and between siblings. What an emotional journey for the characters and the readers!   Words like, "...he had no idea how to be a husband, how to be raw and real, how to tell her that if she disappeared from his life he just might not be able to breath" (67) will appeal to your emotions for you to keep reading.  I am enthralled by a story of destined love, going through life with mistakes, achievements, relationships, and finding the one that really is all. Yes, I'm a romantic at heart, but you can't doubt that love that withstand time does not entice you. 

Rachel Hauck gave us something to enjoy and hope and imagine. The Wedding Chapel is one story that one needs to take their time reading, and not breeze through or they might miss the delicate soul of this book, almost mysteriously prompted by the little quaint wedding chapel.   Yes, there are themes of forgiveness, self-absorption, self-denial and doubt interwoven throughout, but to me, the highlight is what Rachel speaks to us about love. 

QUOTABLE QUOTES
"I like when you're happy. You get this crystal glow in your eyes"..."What do you see?"..."Someone willing to take a chance"..."Yeah? On what?"..."Me." (69) 
"Love well.  That doesn't mean it will be perfect, but we'll be like the Lord.  Love anyway." (361)
Set in dual-time, The Wedding Chapel will let you travel with it to see love and it's endurance through tragedy, change, prosperity and doubt. And in the end, what will the thump in your heart tell you? Please, take your time in experiencing decades that wasn't destroyed, but was hoped and learn to love well as we can.

Don't forget to scroll down and enter the tour-wide giveaway.

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity Group for an honest review.  I was not required to give a positive review, only an honest one.

TO PURCHASE A COPY

Currently $1.99 for a limited time on Amazon Kindle ebook!

      

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best-selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as The Wedding DressLove Starts with Elle, and Once Upon A Prince. She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans.  Booklist named their novel, Softly and Tenderly, one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals.  She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets.

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GIVEAWAY

Join Rachel in celebrating the release of The Wedding Chapel by entering to win a copy and a $100 cash card—perfect for finishing up your Christmas gift shopping!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of The Wedding Chapel
  • A $100 cash card
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 31st. The winner will be announced January 4th on Rachel's blog.

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4 comments :

  1. This is a wonderful review! Thank you for sharing about The Wedding Chapel on your blog. I'm going to be checking this one out. :)
    Merry Christmas!

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  2. Thanks Anne. I really enjoyed this one. =) Merry Christmas!

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  3. Thanks for the great review, Annie - and thanks for all you do to share/promote Christian writing!!

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  4. Thanks Bonnie! You are a great example for me. Your words here or on your reviews are encouragement to all. God bless you. Merry Christmas!

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