For sixty years, a wedding chapel sat silent, waiting for love. But times have changed and the hour has come when it just might be too late.
Retired hall-of-fame football coach Jimmy "Coach" Westbrook never imagined anything would come of his labor of love---the wedding chapel he built for Collette Greer, the woman he fell for back in '49. But now an offer has come to turn the chapel into what it was meant to be---a place for love---and Jimmy sees no reason to hang onto his dream any longer.
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 abysmal marriage rate. But love surprises her when she falls head-over-heels for Jack Forester, a top ad man. Their whirlwind romance results in an elopement, and a mountain of doubt. Jack, while genuine in his love for Taylor, can never seem to overcome his own demons to find the words of his heart.
When Taylor takes an assignment in Heart's Bend, the job does more than send her back to her hometown, but into a world of family secrets buried beneath the sands of time.
When Taylor's journey intersects with Coach's, they rediscover the heartbeat of their dreams and that the love they long to hold is right in front of them. And worth every waiting moment.
Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as The Wedding Dress, Love Starts with Elle, and Once Upon A Prince. She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel, Softly and Tenderly, one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals. She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets.
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This is a very sweet story of love lost, secrets, and what happens when people manipulate others.
The story goes between different time eras and also between different couples. We read about Jimmy and Collette and their love story of the 1940's-50's and then the love story between Taylor and Jack. All these couples are interconnected as Taylor's great aunt is Collette. They are all thrown together when Taylor is hired to photograph Jimmy's wedding chapel he built completely by hand but never has done anything with.
We learn about what childhood hurts can do to people and their adult relationships. There is so much hurt in Collette's life and Jack's and we see what this does to them as they try to navigate relationships in their adult life. Collette's sister, Peg, has her own painful memories that colors everything she does.
I knew right away what the secret was going to be in these people's life. It was rather obvious. However, it didn't ruin the story for me. I enjoyed very much going on the journey of these people's lives and was intrigued by how the secrets so many held affected generations. It's a good reminder of why secrets within a family is never a good thing.
I enjoyed this story and the complexity of the characters. It held my attention and I grew to really like so many of the people of this story. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group
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Blessings - Julie