Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Chapel Car Bride

After a sheltered life in Pittsburgh, Hope Irvine is ready for a new adventure. When her father takes a position as a preacher in a railroad car converted into a traveling church, she's thrilled at the chance to accompany him. While accommodations in their new chapel car home are tight, Hope couldn't be happier putting her musical skills to good use and ministering to the people of West Virginia alongside her father. But when their chapel car arrives in Finch, West Virginia, they find a coal mining community that has hit hard times and is suspicious of outsiders. 

Luke Hughes works for the coal mine when he can, but the struggling company doesn't always offer steady work. When Reverend Irvine and Hope arrive in town, Luke is intrigued by what the reverend can teach him--and by the lovely and kind Hope. 

When Hope's desire to bring supplies and Sunday school classes to neighboring counties leads to her traveling with a flirtatious young mine manager, Luke is hard-pressed to suppress his jealousy. But when he begins to suspect the manager's motives are less than charitable, can he prove it without hurting Hope, or worse, putting her in danger? 

::My Thoughts::
As you all know I love historical fiction of any kind. This book was no exception as it gives a lot of information on ways of living for coal miners and their families. The poverty, dangers, and all around struggle. 
This book also keeps the Christian values that I know many of you appreciate while reading a book. 
I did wish the characters had a bit more depth to them, but it didn't discourage me from enjoying them or this book. Luke was my favorite although I felt he needed more passion and drive. Hope is very caring but also seems spoiled in many ways. Kirby is most definitely a spoiled adult child and I expected more suspense surrounding this character. 
There wasn't as much suspense as I typically like in these types of novels, but if you like a really easy going read this book is perfect. 
The author definitely did research so this book is rich in history, and the details are amazing. I always love the little details in books, and this book delivers. All in all I felt this is a good book to pick up if you want an easy weekend read, or just something more laid back.

::Product Details::
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (April 4, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764219057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764219054
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

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