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The Wedding Chapel

(The Wedding Collection #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  3,573 ratings  ·  472 reviews
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 B
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 17th 2015 by Zondervan
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This was my first book by Rachel Hauck, and I think perhaps not the best one to start with of her books. I found it to be an intriguing story, but struggled with the telling of it. From the get-go, I was less than thrilled with the four different points of view. Perhaps this shows my youth and frame of mind at this point in life, but I was much more interested in Taylor and Jack's marriage than I was Jimmy and Colette's relationship from years ago. I'm just a reader that would much prefer to get ...more
Although this book had its well written moments, I tend to struggle with how Hauck tends to write mystical or supernatural events into her stories. In The Wedding Chapel, she wrote about a heartbeat that two characters would hear loud and clear. This is weird to me and would honestly creep me out, but thats beside the point. When such mystical events take place it just ruins the credibility of the characters that she honestly does develop quite well. The second thing that I didn't care for, was ...more
The Wedding Chapel

Okay, so...this one called up some pretty decided opinions from me, so I'm going to do my review in a slightly different format than usual to be sure I accurately express my thoughts/feelings.

1. Readability. Score 2/5. I tried months ago to read this book and laid it down in the first chapter. I tried again a few weeks later, the week it was coming out, in order to get my review up in time. I made it four chapters in and got frustrated and put it down. Last week I read a frien
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Like a Hallmark Channel telefilm, this sweet story shows the power of love...and that, as 1 Corinthians 13 says, "love endures all things". ...more
Nicki Olsen

*My Thoughts*

Wow. Wow,wow,wow,wow,WOW! I do not have a clue how Rachel pulled this off but I am so glad she did!! Why am I so surprised she did? Let me list the reasons:

1. I generally am not a fan of stories about couples with marital problems. I read fiction to escape stress and that feels like non-fiction to me.

2. The story is not just told from one persons point of you but from four. FOUR!

3. This is one of those books where it switches from one scene to another-this one happens to be from 1
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck... Oh my, what a sweet, sweet story.
Taylor and Jack, a young couple that eloped and is now questioning their decision. A past that keeps Jack from opening up emotionally and Taylor, who’s family dynamics hold secrets and divorces that make her feel as if her story has already been written and a successful marriage and true love is not in the plan for her. Between exes, regrets, lack of communication and emotions, their marriage is on the rocks.
Colette, a soap o
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
The Wedding Chapel entranced me from the very beginning. The dual timeline added an element of intrigue that kept me turning the pages and inhaling the words as quickly as possible. I especially loved the fact that readers get to see the story from various perspectives as the focus alternates between the four main characters. To me, this kept the plot flowing and the emotional investment strong.

As always, Rachel Hauck writes with grace and heart, her words flowing masterfully across the pages. T
Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Erin by: Lydia
Shelves: series
Make no mistake, this is the type of book that must be coupled with a steaming hot cup of tea and a cat curled at your feet. Rain or sunshine, completely optional. "The Wedding Chapel" is also one of those books that generally readers have a good indication about how the book is going to turn out. For me, it was a good weekend read; purely for pleasure! I loved the four people in this story, Taylor, Jack, Jimmy and Colette. Sometimes in this vast and often frightening world, it is nice to be ab ...more
This story has a bit of everything that I like---connection to the past, a second chance at love, family drama, romance, healing, reconciliation, hope---plus a LOT of heart. It made me picture some of my favorite old movies and the actors that brought them to life re-creating this story. Loved it!
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: modern
The last two chapters were my favorite. I love this author but for whatever reason, I didn't care for this book. *shrug ...more
A wedding chapel that has never seen a wedding. The football coach who built the chapel stone by stone as a tribute to his lost, but never forgotten, love. The elderly actress with past regrets. A newlywed couple with communication problems. "Coach" Jimmy Westbrook poured his heart and soul into building a chapel for the wedding he hoped to have with his high school sweetheart, Collette Greer. For over sixty years, the chapel has stood vacant. It's a place where Jimmy's memories live. Photograph ...more
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

From its rural setting in the small Tennessee town of Heart’s Bend, to its rich characterization and emotional depth, The Wedding Chapel is my kind of book, a story that has that special something that’s hard to describe. There’s an ethereal quality, grace and elegance, symbolism, and the feel of God’s heart throughout. Rachel’s writing is exquisite and the feel of the story is a little reminiscent of the family saga format that I’ve always lo
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
The Wedding Chapel is a dual story line with a current day thread about Jack and Taylor and the history of Jimmy and Colette from the 1940s and 1950s. As a fan of historical fiction, I really enjoyed learning about Jimmy and Colette and how World War II impacted their lives.

All of the characters have struggles to work through and I enjoyed the journey. I look forward to reading other novels by Rachel Hauck.
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love Rachel's books and this was no exception. As always, highly recommended!!
Micaela Rojas
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An easy, fluffy read that was delightful and fun. 😊 I was hooked and everything turned out just as you thought it would. 😉
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Investing in "The Wedding Chapel" isn’t hard. The decades long love story is sure to stir the reader’s emotions and as is true to the signature style that is Rachel Hauck, the book has a wonderful concept of love so that despite the complex story, by its conclusion everything is wonderfully brought full circle. At the core, the story is about two couples. The first is Jimmy and Collette; 19240s, high school sweethearts, life hasn’t been kind to the now elderly couple. Collette left, leaving Jimm ...more
Emilie Haney
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy, romance
A multi-generational story of healing and restoration.

The intricate tapestry of The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck creates a complex picture of interwoven lives. Each character thread is specifically placed. No one thread can shape the image by itself, but together they weave a tale that speaks of the power of healing and restoration.

The story of Taylor Branson and her new husband Jack is juxtaposed to an older tale of aging high school football coach, Jimmy Westbrook and his estranged love, C
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 rela
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
One of the trends that I have noticed in some fiction is to have characters that are married or mature as the main characters. I am loving this! I am not sure if that is my age showing, but it is wonderful to have characters that we can relate to. Ms. Hauck weaves a tale of the past mingled with the future. When the past and the future meet, the lessons they all learn are ones that will touch you in your walk with the Lord.

It is easy to say “It is just a fiction story.” With this story, you will
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
An enjoyable Christian romance that spans about 60 years. There is love, but there are also secrets that cause problems in the relationships. Each character has his/her own demons to battle but as they mature in life the problems aren't quite so insurmountable, especially if you believe in God and his calling for each of us.

There are a few characters that you don't like but they are crucial to the storyline and the progression of all of the characters.

Apr 21, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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4.29.15 - WHAT A PRETTY COVER! That is gorgeous. I love the simplicity of it.
Linda Collings
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow what a lovely mushy ending
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Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was ok

So close! I had almost finished this book.

There aren't that many pros to be honest.
The story is about four people, who have to forgive to be forgiven. It's a story about four people who have messed up, and realized they need to do something about it. Life isn't worth living anymore.
They all find a wedding chapel, and heal.

Get ready, there are a ton.
1. Jesus is mentioned, literally ONE time. I'm pretty sure Christian books, are supposed to be about Christ.
2. Colette and Jimmy, have
Davalynn Spencer
I know one should never judge a book by its cover, but because of the cover for The Wedding Chapel, I expected something quite different from the soul-moving story I encountered. Hauck once again takes the reader to that place they think they might have been but doubted. Her expert weaving of family characters and crises stirs hope in the face of regrettable decisions that result in crushing realities. This book is masterfully imagined and written, bringing, yet again, redemption for the weary.
Angie Fehl
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Though this is the second in Rachel Hauck's "Wedding" series (The third, The Wedding Shop, set to be released this autumn), The Wedding Chapel is not a direct sequel to The Wedding Dress. In fact, I didn't recall coming across any recurring characters from The Wedding Dress here, so this one can easily be read as a stand-alone.

The Wedding Chapel opens in the year 1949 with the introduction of teen Jimmy Westbrook living the small-town life in Heart's Bend, Tennessee. He's hanging with his buddy
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
THE WEDDING CHAPEL was another roller-coaster ride of emotions from Rachel Hauck. I always feel like Rachel writes from the heart about real struggles and difficulties that readers can relate to on some level. This story was no different. It was heartbreaking, but also beautifully hopeful for two couples who must face their past and let it go in order to accept a better and brighter future. They must forgive and choose to not repeat mistakes. To open their hearts and risk the possibility of fail ...more
Karen R
A beautiful wedding chapel stands hidden in the Tennessee woods, built with loving hands for a bride-to-be who never returned. A redemptive story that shows how nothing is impossible with a touch of Divine help, this dual timeline tale revolves mainly around two couples, whose stories all have a beginning in the small Tennessee town of Heart's Bend. The modern day couple who had a whirlwind romance beginning, struggles with a future together, thinking they're doomed to repeat their family's past ...more
Raechel Lenore
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
This was certainly a cute read. I really enjoyed it. :) Normally I don’t pick up too many contemporary books, but having read one of Rachel Hauck’s other books and enjoying it, I wasn’t hesitant to try another, and I’m glad I did! This one had pieces of the story that were set in the late 40’s/early 50’s, and it was all so delightfully depicted.
The only thing I didn’t care for and would warn others about is the amount of ‘intimate’ moments there were. I don’t think they were necessary at all, at
J.C. Morrows

I cannot say enough about Rachel Hauck's AMAZING talent!

She has been immeasurably blessed!

And I am blessed, every time I read one of her amazing books!

I LOVE everything about this book! I love the idea behind it - the wedding chapel that plays into so many different lives...

I've always been a sucker for time-travel stories and while this is not a sci-fi type time travel, it certainly has the same feel, since we move back and forth between the present and the past as we follow two different coupl
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New York Times, USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Rachel Hauck writes from sunny central Florida.

A RITA finalist and winner of Romantic Times Inspirational Novel of the Year, and Career Achievement Award, she writes vivid characters dealing with real life issues.

Her book, Once Upon A Prince, was made into an original Hallmark movie.

The Wedding Dress has been optioned for film by B

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