Title: The Wedding Chapel (book 2 of the Wedding series)
Author: Rachel Hauck
My grade: A
I picked this book up at a discount item store the other day, not realising it was the second book in a series. However it seems that the books are connected by theme rather than storyline so I think I’ve done alright.
This book has four point of views (done third person) including Collette, Taylor, Jimmy and Jack. It is about a family and finding out some hard truths. At the start of the book, we are introduced to Jimmy, who is an 83-year-old football coach who built a wedding chapel for his girlfriend back in the 50s. It ended up not working out and he’s finally deciding to sell after interest spikes in the property.
Taylor is a photographer sent by a magazine that heard about the chapel and wanted to photograph it. She happened to grow up in the same home town as Couch Jimmy, and is amazed by the chapel. She later finds out the chapel was made for her Great-Aunt Collette. So Taylor stays around to find out what is going to happen to the chapel as well as deal with her grandmother’s belongings. It brings out a lot of secrets the family has kept for decades.
In the end, the two couples in the story – Jimmy & Collette; Jack & Taylor – have to figure out how to get over what has happened to them in the past and make new beginnings.
I enjoyed the story, although sometimes the timeline was hard to follow. It took place mainly in 2015, with flashbacks to when Jimmy & Collette were younger. I do admit I wish that Peg had been a point of view, but that might have given away the ending too soon. I also liked the references to other novels that Rachel Hauck has written, although I only knew they were references because I saw a list of her books one day when searching for the publishing info on this novel.
I’m reading the first book in the series now, called The Wedding Dress. Its most likely going to be the next book in my book reviews.