SUMMARY: A lonely wedding chapel. Build 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. She 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 - 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.
Taking a photography assignment in Heart's Bend, Taylor is thrown back into a past of family secrets buried deep beneath the sands of time. 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 the wait.
REVIEW: Rachel Hauck's latest novel is phenomenal!! There are four main characters whose stories flow seamlessly together. The novel moves from current day to the late 40s/early 50s without causing confusion or without any lag. My heart grieved when the characters went through their trials and separation. It cried when the characters faced the hurts and secrets of the past and rejoiced when they found acceptance and love. It is a story of loss, hurt, and secrets but also of forgiveness, redemption and reconciliation. Excellent and incredible story!! This is will be one I recommend to everyone!!
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Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author. She is a RITA and Christy Award finalist. Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and two pets and writes from her ivory tower.