Book Review: The Chapel Car Bride by Judith Miller

“. . . his eyes fixed on the chapel car. . . For the first time in months, he was glad  that his hours at the mine had been cut.” (67)
Title:  The Chapel Car Bride
Author: Judith Miller
Publisher:  Bethany House Publisher
Release Date:  April 4, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction

After a sheltered life in Pittsburgh, Hope Irvine is ready for a new adventure. When her father takes a position as a preacher in a railroad car converted into a traveling church, she's thrilled at the chance to accompany him. While accommodations in their new chapel car home are tight, Hope couldn't be happier putting her musical skills to good use and ministering to the people of West Virginia alongside her father. But when their chapel car arrives in Finch, West Virginia, they find a coal mining community that has hit hard times and is suspicious of outsiders. 

Luke Hughes works for the coal mine when he can, but the struggling company doesn't always offer steady work. When Reverend Irvine and Hope arrive in town, Luke is intrigued by what the reverend can teach him--and by the lovely and kind Hope. 

When Hope's desire to bring supplies and Sunday school classes to neighboring counties leads to her traveling with a flirtatious young mine manager, Luke is hard-pressed to suppress his jealousy. But when he begins to suspect the manager's motives are less than charitable, can he prove it without hurting Hope, or worse, putting her in danger?

The Chapel Car Bride by Judith Miller has an amazing premise in the early 20th century. Instead of a traveling preacher out to the west, this one is a traveling preacher on a train car. There includes a chapel in the car as well. I really like the historical aspect of it, refreshing topic and a great premise for sure. However, I am a tad bit disappointed the story did not capture my attention as I had hoped it would. The story, plot was predictable and there was no surprises. Though I would say the romance was sweet. Additional plus is the writing easy to read, and allow readers to finish smoothly.

“Are you going to let what happened in the past control your future, or are you going to read the Good Book and make changes in your life? You can sit in her and wallow around about how hard you got it, or you can be thankful. . .” (301)

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Judith Miller is an award-winning writer whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. Judy and her family make their home in Kansas. Learn more at

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