By Lindsey Leavitt
Publication date: May 6, 2014
Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 304 pages
Acclaimed author Lindsey Leavitt brings her trademark heart, humor, and romance to her hometown–Vegas
Sixteen-year-old Holly wants to remember her Grandpa forever, but she’d rather forget what he left her in his will: his wedding chapel on the Las Vegas strip. Whatever happened to gold watches, savings bonds, or some normal inheritance?
And then there’s Grandpa’s letter. Not only is she running the business with her recently divorced parents, but she needs to make some serious money–fast. Grandpa also insists Holly reach out to Dax, the grandson of her family’s mortal enemy and owner of the cheesy chapel next door. No matter how cute Dax is, Holly needs to stay focused: on her group of guy friends, her disjointed family, work, school and… Dax. No wait, not Dax.
Holly’s chapel represents everything she’s ever loved in her past. Dax might be everything she could ever love in the future. But as for right now, there’s a wedding chapel to save.
— Goodreads.com description
Ahh, isn’t it the most magical feeling when you are reading a book at the EXACT perfect time in your life to fully appreciate it?
The stars aligned for me when I read The Chapel Wars on a work trip to Vegas. Every local reference was one I’d seen that day — in some cases were clients I’d met with — and I could visualize every bit of the story perfectly.
I was so incredibly happy to be reading this book at that exact moment that, I have to admit, I’m useless when it comes to this review. I’m so biased! It was blind love!
Now, that being said, there’s plenty to love, Vegas or not: A killer romance, interesting family drama and a strong main character.
If you’re a fan of Leavitt’s work, you should absolutely keep it going with The Chapel Wars. If you’re new to her, start anywhere: here, Sean Griswold’s Head or Going Vintage. Any way you go about it, you’re guaranteed a fun escape, and that’s what I really appreciate about this author.