The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck

From New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes The Wedding Chapel.
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. 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.
This book looks like a kissy-kissy romance from the outside. It isn’t. It’s about two people trying to save their failing relationship It’s about two old flames who have regrets.
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. I didn’t pay a lot of attention to the synopsis, because how could I go wrong with a Rachel Hauck book?
Here’s why this book isn’t five stars. I nearly DNF-ed this book in the first 100 pages. I was confused by the storytelling(the story is told partially in 2015, and partially in 1948, 49, 50). So, yes, the storytelling is initially very confusing, and that was why I generally avoid stories that take place in two different times. I always get so horribly confused and it’s kind of embarrassing.
HOWEVER. I did enjoy seeing this story unfold. It was very well-written and the characters were very good. This story was fun and original. Most of my complaints about it were because of my own personal tastes.
I really enjoyed the chapel in this story, and I thought it was fun to see it all unfold, the mystery fall away. I love how Rachel Hauck showed not just the happiness and joy in love, but the struggles and endurance of it. I’m no expert on love, but I felt like that was a very accurate representation of it.
Four stars.

FOR THE PARENTS –

Intimacy – Sex is implied between married people. Mild kissing.
Cussing – None.
Violence – None.

Drinking – A character is drunk in one scene.
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