The Wedding Chapel, a novel by Rachel Hauck, opens in Heart’s Bend, Tennessee in 1948. Jimmy Westbrook is smitten with a girl named Colette who he sees in a picture. She and her sister were standing in front of a wedding chapel. They eventually meet and fall in love and because of that love Jimmy builds a wedding chapel for Colette. Promises are made and there is great hope and desire for a wonderful future. It is revealed that over sixty years later, Jimmy and Colette did not spend their future together. Their story and that of Colette’s niece, Taylor and her husband, Jack is told alternately in their voices in different time periods. Their pasts and their current lives are filled with secrets, misunderstandings and losses.
The author brings to the reader an impeccably detailed accounting of intertwined lives of people who are victims of deceit and cruelty. This is an engrossing story in which the pace builds slowly and holds readers attention until the very end. Packed with emotion, interesting characters, suspense and love, The Wedding Chapel is well worth reading.
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