Litfuse Interview: Rachel Hauck

In a day when marriage seems disposable, best-selling author Rachel Hauck weaves a story that reminds us of love’s timeless truths.

Hauck’s The Wedding Chapel (Zondervan/November 17, 2015/ISBN: 978- 0310341529/$15.99), a slip time story set in the late 1940s/early 1950s, captures the romance and hope of a post-war South while the contemporary timeline wrestles with the challenges and complications of commitment in the modern world.

 Q: What inspired the plotline of The Wedding Chapel?

This book came from the old saying, “Desperate times call for desperate measures.” I needed a new story idea, and while on vacation in Tennessee I drove past a wedding chapel called Chapel in the Glen. I pitched the title to my publisher a few minutes later. She and the team loved it. And I was off to find a story to go with it.

Q: Why did you choose to marry a classic love story from the 1940s with a modern tale of romance gone off-course?

 I like to look at all aspects of life in a novel. Maybe it’s hindsight or the Golden Age of Hollywood, but romance seemed sweeter in the post-war 1940s. Coming out of a depression followed by war, men and women seemed devoted to getting back to basics, just living life, and loving each other and family. (I’m sure it was not as rosy as I imagine.) In our day, people can walk away from a relationship so easily at the slightest sign of trouble. It’s easy to decide it’s not worth time and effort. However, the chapel itself stands for enduring love, even when love looks impossible.

Q: What would you say is the major thread or theme that runs throughout The Wedding Chapel?

This book takes a long look at the complications of family yet champions the power of enduring love. Tragedy such as war destroys lives, destroys dreams, but the zeal of the human heart helps people to carry on. The book also looks at how selfishness and greed are just as devastating as war, destroying the family and tearing down dreams. But with a little prayer, guidance and Divine intervention, we can find a way. The book also confronts lies and misconceptions and calls for forgiveness. The story furthers the enduring power of love to bring wrong things right.

Q: Has a communication breakdown ever caused issues in one of your important relationships?

I’m sure it has! I can’t think of any because I try not to let communications or misunderstandings hinder my relationships. I’d rather humble up, apologize and make it right.

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Comments

Sandee said…
Sounds like a good read. Marriage takes work, love and patience and many don't want to invest the work, love and patience.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

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