Author: Lindsey Leavitt
Year Published: 2014
Lenore: A $500 savings bond
James: A leather bomber jacket
Mom: An antique writing desk
Secretary Donna: An heirloom watch
Minister Dan: Grandpa's saxophone
Dad: Grandpa's decked-out golf cart
"Finally, I leave my granddaughter, Holly Evelyn Nolan, pause for dramatic effect." The lawyer furrowed his brow and read the line again to himself. "Oh, sorry. I think he was telling me to pause. Okay, I leave my granddaughter, Holly Evelyn Nolan"--this time he did pause, and it was clear he'd been in a courthouse once or twice and knew his pauses--"the Rose of Sharon Wedding Chapel. This place is all yours, Holly Bean. Now, keep me in business."
16-year-old Holly was her grandfather's favorite granddaughter. But nothing can surprise her more than receiving a wedding chapel in Las Vegas from her late grandfather. Not to mention that it was almost broke. Running a wedding business is definitely not a teenager's business. But because her beloved grandfather has told her so, Holly has no other choice than to find a way to keep the business running.
Along with the testament is a letter Holly must deliver to Dax Cranston, a grandson of Holly's grandfather's nemesis, Victor Cranston, who is the owner of Cupid's Dream, a wedding chapel located next to Rose of Sharon--the chapels even share the parking lot! Victor definitely wants Rose of Sharon to be closed down, so Holly doesn't understand why her grandfather wanted her to meet and give the letter to Cranston's grandson. But Dax is not like his grandfather... and suddenly Dax is everywhere in Holly's life.
Fallen in love with the enemy is absolutely not a choice to be taken. But Holly can't resist Dax's cuteness and his presence around her. In this Romeo and Juliet Wedding Chapel War's version, will there be a happy ending for Holly... and Dax?
The Chapel Wars had had me from the first time I saw the title on Goodreads and read the synopsis. It seems like promising one hilariously funny YA romance story. The reviews are not bad either. So, without hesitation, I put it on my to-be-read list and wait for the book to be offered at Betterworld Books (yeah, I am a fan of BWB!). When finally it appeared at BWB, I immediately bought it and read it once I received it.
But well... most of the time, the reality fails to meet the expectation. After reading a few chapters, I failed to feel the connection to the story and I struggled a lot to finish it. I did like Holly. She really loves her grandfather and put so much effort to defend Rose of Sharon, despite her family drama. Her friends are also hilarious and supportive. I enjoyed Sam-Camille drama. And I also love Holly's little brother, James. It's just the conflict which wasn't managed right. The Cranstons seems so black and white. Dax was pure angel while his grandfather was pure evil. And until the end, I don't really get why Victor can be such an ass like that.
And the romance aspect! I cannot say I enjoyed it. Holly-Dax's relationship seems too instant and too smooth. The conflict between their family didn't affect them much--only made Dax drunk some times.
I don't have any thing to say rather than I actually kinda have forgotten some of its details. Haha. Not so memorable, I guess. But hey, maybe you're different than me and more like other readers out there who enjoy this book more than I do. If you want to try reading it, go ahead please. This is just my opinion. Hehe.
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