Book Review: The Chapel Car Bride, by Judith Miller

From the Back Cover

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?


About the Author

Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. Judy makes her home in Topeka, Kansas. Learn more at http://www.judithmccoymiller.com.
My Thoughts:
I generally enjoy doing book reviews, I guess because I usually enjoy the books that I get from Bethany House. This time…not so much.  😦
I thought this story by Judith Miller had the potential to be good and quite captivating. The history was intriguing. I had never heard of Chapel Car churches before. I also think  the setting of the story was interesting, the hills of West Virginia in the early 1900s, with coal miners and bootleggers. But the story was a disappointment.
What I typically like about romance stories is the tension or conflicts between the main characters. There is some obstacle that each of them need to overcome, or some issue from the past that they need to deal with before they can truly pursue a relationship with the other person. This story? Nothing. It was kind of flat and one dimensional.
The author didn’t have any issues that the characters needed to overcome until the last few chapters. I almost felt it was an afterthought.
Okay, one last point while I’m complaining…the title of the book. The Chapel Car Bride? That was a bit deceiving since (spoiler alert), they didn’t get married until the last page!
I would give this book 2 out of 5 stars. Bethany House Publishers provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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About Norma Downing

Christian romance author Norma Downing has been writing for years. She writes both contemporary and historical. She currently has a contract with CrossLink Publishing for her first novel, A Promise Made, set in Kansas in 1899.
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