Thursday, January 7, 2016
The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck
This was a sweet love story that spanned over 60 years. The story of two high school sweethearts and a jealous sister who split them up. They went their own ways for over 60 years before reuniting. There is also the story of a young couple eloping and then wondering if it was really going to be worth it to stay married.
This is the first book I've read by Rachel and I would like for it to not be my last. I really enjoyed the book. It did hop around a lot from character to character and from the late 1950's to 2015 and back again. I found it easy to follow, yet almost frustrating because I just wanted to know how the story ended and yet it was very well-written and added to the whole depth of the story.
The main theme was the fact that Jimmy built his girlfriend a wedding chapel in which to be married in. It was a beautiful chapel set in an out-of-the-way place complete with stained-glass windows and everything. It was breath-taking. They pledged youthful vows of marriage to each other, but nothing legally binding, and then he was shipped out to war and her jealous sister who could copy handwriting sent each of them a letter breaking them up.
The loyalty of Jimmy in staying true to his girl for over 60 years even with no contact is amazing. Yes, it is just a fiction story, but the premise is beautiful. God is not mentioned much until the very end which in some ways makes sense because that is when healing can happen.
The biggest negative about this book is that is was only offered as an ebook and I just don't like ebooks as much. I can only read them on my computer because my phone will not let me open the files and it's just not the same to grab a computer and sit down to read as it is to grab a book. It's not as versatile either.
This book was given me by Book Look Bloggers for the purpose of reading and writing a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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