Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Chapel Car Bride by Judith Miller

From the publisher:
With her penchant for seeing the best in everyone, Hope Irvine sees a world full of good people in hard places. When her father accepts a position traveling in a chapel car as an on-the-rail missionary, she is determined to join him in his efforts and put her musical skills to good use by serving the mining families of West Virginia, saving their souls, and bettering their lives.

Luke Hughes shares Hope's love of music and her love of God, but as a poor miner he knows he can offer her no future. Still, the notes she sings resonate in his heart. When she begins to travel with a young mine manager to neighboring counties, Luke can hardly suppress his jealousy. It isn't until he begins to suspect these missions of mercy might be the mine manager's cover for illegal purposes, though, that Luke feels justified in speaking up. But how can he discover the truth without hurting Hope or, worse, putting her in danger?


Hope Irvin's only dream is to work along-side her father in his ministry with the chapel car.  As the chapel car is pulled by train to various towns Hope works to win the trust of the women while her father preaches daily from the chapel car. Hope teaches Bible stories to the children and befriends the women.  Her father Pastor Irvine works to help build safer homes for the miners and their families.  As real friendship and acceptance is being built there is also something mysterious going on in the town.  When  unexplained wealth and unexpected accidents occur blame is cast in all directions.  Two young men in the town are vying for Hope's affections, Kirby the mine owner's son and Luke a miner supporting his family after his father's tragic death. Both seemingly want what is best for the miners and both are working towards better working conditions.  Or are they?  Hope must trust God to show her what is real and what path is the one God would have her follow.

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