The Chapel Car Bride, by Judith Miller, tells the story of Hope Irvine. Having spent several years in Pittsburgh with her aunt, Hope is now ready to move on with her life. She is excited to accompany her father, the preacher in a railroad car that has been converted into a traveling church.
Hope is thrilled to play the organ for her father’s church services and to teach the children Bible stories on the chapel car. But when they arrive in Finch, West Virginia, they face a multitude of challenges. The people there are coal miners and are very suspicious of outsiders. Luke Hughes, a part-time coal miner, wants to learn all he can from Reverend Irvine while he has the opportunity. As he spends time with the preacher, he also begins to grow closer to Hope. When Kirby Finch, the mine owner’s son, comes to town and begins spending time with Hope, Luke begins to suspect that Kirby may be involved in illegal activities that put Hope in danger.
I enjoyed this book. While Hope seemed a little naive, she was gracious and self-sacrificing. Luke was an ordinary man trying to help his family and follow God’s will.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading Christian historical fiction.
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