This emotional story takes the reader on a journey that spans decades. I find myself reaching for the word “saga” to define the multi-generational novel that is The Wedding Chapel.
The story is told from the perspectives of four different characters: Taylor, Jack, Collette, and Jimmy. Taylor and Jack’s tale is a modern day struggle to save their marriage, which began with a hasty elopement. I loved their portions of the book! They had so much emotional baggage that they both brought into the relationship. Watching them overcome the things that had haunted them was beautiful.
Collette and Jimmy’s story is one that takes place in the past and in the present. It was interesting to get glimpses into the way things began for them, while understanding that something fell apart somewhere along the way. Little by little, the truth of what really happened is revealed in all of its ugly and messy glory.
I loved the twists and turns in this book and the way the small wedding chapel was at the heart of all of these secrets coming to light. The author did a great job of illustrating the devastating effect that secrets, bitterness, and jealousy can have on many generations of lives.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.
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