The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck


Today I am reviewing The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck.

Here is a brief synopsis:

An old, forgotten chapel holds the key to love and forgiveness.

Retired hall-of-fame football coach Jimmy Westbrook never imagined anything would come of his labor of love—building a wedding chapel for Collette Greer, the woman he fell in love with in 1949. But now a realtor wants the land the chapel sits on, and he sees no reason to hang onto the past.

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 string of failed marriages.

When she falls head-over-heels for Jack Gillingham, a top ad man, their whirlwind romance and elopement leave her with doubts. Jack, while genuine in his love for Taylor, can never seem to find the right way to show her he really cares.

When a post-mortem letter from Taylor’s Granny Peg shows up, along with an old photo, she is driven to uncover family secrets and the secret to her own happiness, starting with an assignment to photograph an unknown, obscure wedding chapel back in Heart’s Bend.

Taylor begins a mission to convince Jimmy that the chapel is worth saving—and that forgiveness and healing might happen within the chapel’s walls . . . for both of them.


Heart’s Bend, Tennessee
July 1948

Rachel Hauck is such an amazing storyteller!

This book begins in Heart’s Bend, Tennessee. Since I was born and raised in East Tennessee, I felt a kinship right from the start.

The Wedding Chapel follows several people… Colette and Jimmy; as well as Taylor and Jack. It moves back and forth in time (flashback) for two of the characters, relating how they thought their lives would be – and how they are living now.

Rachel portrays their different points of view, showing the two couples and how their lives re-connect in Hearts Bend, Tennessee, at the wedding chapel.

A wedding chapel that, ironically, has never hosted a wedding.

This was a unique perspective — and I was quickly caught up in the story. Don’t miss out on this wonderful, entertaining book.


God bless you!

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt



Is sixty years too long to wait for love? Two stories of romance, one in 1949 and one in the modern day, meet in Rachel Hauck’s The Wedding Chapel. When Taylor Branson 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 Jimmy “Coach” Westbrook’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.

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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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 31st. The winner will be announced January 4th onRachel’s blog.

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Rachel Hauck

Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as “The Wedding Dress,” “Love 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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3 thoughts on “The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck

  1. Marilyn December 18, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Donna, thanks for sharing your thoughts about so many great books. God Bless.

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  2. Carrie December 18, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Donna! Where were you born/raised? My dad was born & raised in Oak Ridge and I was born in Johnson City. 🙂

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    • DJ Mynatt December 18, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      Carrie, I was born and raised in Knoxville.

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