The Chapel Car Bride by Judith Miller (review by Kristi)

the chapel car bride

About the book:  Hope Irvine always sees the best in people. While traveling on the rails with her missionary father, she attracts the attention of a miner named Luke and a young mine manager. When Luke begins to suspect the manager is using Hope’s missions of mercy as a cover for illegal activities, can he discover the truth without putting her in danger?

Paperback, 352 pages                        Published April 4, 2017, by Bethany House Publishers


My review:  I was an instant Judith Miller fan after reading one of her books. I liked the way her books included strong female characters in situations that showcased their strength. I liked her writing and the way she pulled me into the story and kept me interested in the character’s story. I was hoping The Chapel Car Bride would be a book such as this but unfortunately, it wasn’t.

Now, I’m not saying this is a bad book because it isn’t. It just wasn’t up to par with her other work. I liked the premise of the book and thought it was unique and interesting. I liked the main characters, except for Kirby Finch, and thought they were relatable. I thought the author did a good job of describing the lives of the miners and their families.

So what was wrong with this book? Well, for me the storyline just fell flat. I wasn’t really sure what direction the story was going to take. Also, there wasn’t really a buildup to a climax or really even a climax at all. The story is a nice one and was easy to read but there just wasn’t that “something” Miller’s other books have.

I would recommend this story to readers looking for a nice, clean read. It’s a good book just not what I expected from the author.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.


About the author:  Judith McCoy Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. Judy and her husband make their home in Topeka, Kansas.

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