Book Description: A lonely wedding chapel built as a tribute to lost love just might hold the long-awaited secret to hope and reconciliation.
For sixty years, the wedding chapel has stood silent and empty. Retired football hall-of-famer Jimmy “Coach” Westbrook built the chapel by hand, stone by stone, for his beautiful and beloved Collette Greer, whom he lost so many years ago. The chapel is a sanctuary for his memories, a monument to true love, and a testament to his survival of the deepest pain and loss.
Photographer Taylor Branson left her hometown of Heart’s Bend, Tennessee to make a new life for herself in New York. Taylor had lots to run away from, not least of all a family history of broken promises and broken dreams. Love catches Taylor off guard when she falls for Jack Forester, a successful advertising executive, and their whirlwind romance leads to an elopement – and then to second guesses. Jack, in spite of his very real love for Taylor, is battling his own demons and struggles to show her his true self and the depths of his love for her.
When Taylor takes a photography assignment in Heart’s Bend, she is thrown back into her own past and encounters family secrets buried deep beneath the sands of time. And when Taylor and Coach’s journeys collide, they each rediscover the heartbeat of their own dreams as they learn that the love they long to hold is well worth waiting for.
My Thoughts: The cover of this book is beautiful and my first thought when I received this book was what a beautiful bridal portrait! The ironic "thing is" that this read is about a photographer and a wedding chapel.
Honestly, I had a hard time getting into this story. I think because the story goes between people...first it's Jimmy, then Taylor, then Jack and back to Jimmy then Collette . . . each chapter is that person's viewpoint/story.
But I kept reading even though it was slightly confusing at times trying to keep up with the different people. As I read I finally "caught" the story. It's a story full of love, forgiveness, fears, and failures. At times quite heart rending.
As one reads this story it is quite noticeable that the characters seem to mature as the story progresses. This makes the story seem true to life.
The Wedding Chapel is quite a read!
*This book was provided by Thomas Nelson Fiction Guild*