With her penchant for seeing the best in everyone, Hope Irvine sees a world full of good people in hard places. When her father accepts a position traveling in a chapel car as an on-the-rail missionary, she is determined to join him in his efforts and put her musical skills to good use by serving the mining families of West Virginia, saving their souls, and bettering their lives.
Luke Hughes shares Hope’s love of music and her love of God, but as a poor miner he knows he can offer her no future. Still, the notes she sings resonate in his heart. When she begins to travel with a young mine manager to neighboring counties, Luke can hardly suppress his jealousy. It isn’t until he begins to suspect these missions of mercy might be the mine manager’s cover for illegal purposes, though, that Luke feels justified in speaking up. But how can he discover the truth without hurting Hope or, worse, putting her in danger?
Judith Miller’s newest book The Chapel Car Bride is what one would expect from Miller. Miller is an award winning author with a gift for writing historical fiction. The Chapel Car Bride is an example of a simplistic plot with a rich background.
While the title does not shy away from telling you the ending, I found that when it comes to Miller its the middle of the book that always holds the best stuff. I really liked reading about the mining towns is West Virginia. I love that part of the United States.
Even though I found Hope kind of bland I really enjoyed the rest of the characters. I like Luke and his dedication to his family. Kirby brought a bit of enjoyment to the book as well because you had no idea how his story would end.
The Chapel Car Bride is an easy and light read. It is one of those laying in the hammock, summer reading books. I look forward to Miller’s next book.
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.