The Chapel Car Bride
By: Judith Miller
Publisher: Bethany House
Disclaimer: I received this Book from the publisher, Bethany House for free to read and review through the blogger review program. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review. All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.
Although Hope Irvine lived a sheltered life in Pittsburgh, when Aunt Mattie died, she decided she was ready to travel in the chapel car to help her preacher father, spread the gospel to those in remote areas. She was ready for adventure, but when the rail car arrived in the financially hard-hit coal-mining, suspicious-of-strangers, town of Finch, West Virginia, she is not sure what to expect. Even though life is not exactly as she expected it to be, she is determined to use her music and ministering skills to teach the children about God and take her Sunday school supplies to the neighboring counties.
Kirby Finch is the manager of the mine. He has been sent there by his father because he had been caught gambling one too many times and his father told him from now on he had to work for his money. Kirby offered to help Hope by taking her to the neighboring counties, but his motives were not exactly in step with God’s will.
Luke Hughes is drawn to Hope and her father, because of his desire to learn more about God and because hope is not only pretty but kind too. Luke has a hard time hiding his jealousy when Kirby offers to take Hope to deliver her supplies, because he knows his motives are not good. He suspects Kirby will hurt Hope or even worse…put her in danger. Will he and Hope find a future together?
Judith Miller does it again with this touching story that takes place in the coal-mining town of Finch, West Virginia during Prohibition. Judith gives a lot of insight to the workings of the mine and the indebtedness to the “company store”. The poverty and risk of death working in unsafe conditions of the coal mines will tug at your heart. Hope’s character is so well developed when she experiences such poverty for the first time and rejection because she is an outsider you can feel her despair. Yet she takes that despair and turns it into determination to prove to the people of Finch that God can provide for them…with just a little faith, a whole lot of work and a ton of love. This book is filled with inspiration, love, forgiveness and second chances. I love books based on historical facts and this book delivered.