Monday, May 1, 2017

The Chapel Car Bride - A Book Review

The Chapel Car Bride is a sweet, romantic story set in West Virginia during the early 1900's.  

Hope Irvine has lived a sheltered life in Pittsburgh and 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 flirtation young mine manager, Luke is hard-pressed to suppress his jealous.  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?

I love reading historical fiction and Judith Miller did an excellent job of combining historical content with fictional content and the results was pure reading delight. Before reading this book I had never heard of "chapel cars" and was intrigued by them.  The character of Hope is such a delight. She is very upbeat and sees the best in everyone and every situation. This book is full of good christian morals and was a joy to read. I also was glad that this was a stand alone novel.  I've read a lot of books lately that have been a part of a series and I was ready for a shorter read without being left hanging.  

***Thanks to Bethany House Publishing for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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