Fast forward sixty years. Collette is a famous soap opera actress on the verge of retirement. She’s been asked to write her memoirs, and she’s decided to reveal all of the secrets that she’s held inside so long. Collette has remained estranged from her family, but when she connects with her niece, Taylor, she learns that Jimmy is planning to sell the wedding chapel. In her heart, Collette knows what she must do to make things right.
Taylor is having problems of her own. She eloped with the handsome Jack Forrester after dating him only a few months. Now she’s unsure if he still loves her. Jack does love Taylor, but he’s suffered so much pain and rejection in his life, he doesn’t know how to tell her. The two of them have a lot to learn, and Jimmy, Collette and their wedding chapel may be just what they need to help them figure it all out.
Rachel Hauck is a master of writing from different points of view, and even different time periods. The narrative alternates between Jimmy, Collette, Jack and Taylor, and jumps between the 1950s and the present day. But it’s never confusing or overwhelming, and reveals just enough of the story as is needed.
This story was absolutely beautiful, and left me in tears. It is a story about misunderstandings and mistakes, pain and sorrow, but ultimately, second chances and forgiveness. I enjoyed it from the very first page, all the way to the end. I recommend that you run, don’t walk (or type very quickly) to your favorite bookseller to buy this book. It is in my opinion Rachel Hauck’s best book to date, guaranteed to sell like hotcakes, and you don’t want to miss it!
I was given an advance copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own, and a favorable review was not required. Look for The Wedding Chapel on or around November 17.