The Chapel by Jess B. Moore

Published February 14th 2020

Genre:  Contemporary romance

Standalone Fifth Novel in the Fox River Romance series

About the Book: Mallory Johansen has nearly given up on thinking she’ll get her act together – the one where she plays the part of an adult – by the time she hits thirty. As it is she’s desperate and depressed. Her only friend is leaving town, she’s paired to work with a man who can’t stand her, and she finds herself homeless. Definitely hasn’t mastered being a grown-up yet.

Otis Bell wants nothing more than to play his guitar, book acoustic bands to perform at his upcoming music venue, and be in charge of his own life. Instead, he’s working full time in his family’s auto shop. He only owns half the supposed music venue, which stands as an abandoned church and needs more than a little work. When his best friend moves away, he’s paired with an aloof girl he’s never liked as partner, and stretches himself thin working too many hours.

The Chapel is the little music venue that could. Full of potential. Full of ugly carpet, peeling paint, and exhausting work. Mallie and Otis navigate their way through a fledgling partnership, trying their darndest to get the place up and running, while trying pretty hard not to fall in love in the process.

4 Stars:

This is the fifth book in the Fox River series by Jess B. Moore. Each of the books in this series can be read as a standalone. These are sweet, clean romances with bumps along the way. Mallory aka. Mallie is an orphan, her parents dying when she was only four. She was raised by her aunt and uncle, and her cousin Tyler was her best friend. She had always cared about his friend Otis while growing up, but he didn’t have time for the little cousin. When Tyler moves to Nashville, he thrusts Mallie into a partnership with Otis on “The Chapel,” an old church that Otis and Tyler had wanted to convert into a music venue. With them spending so much time together, Otis and Mallie realize that they have strong feelings for one another.

There is a lot going on in their lives. They both have full time jobs as well as trying to work on The Chapel renovations. Otis also has his music and plays at jam sessions and at open mic nights. Throw in some dating that goes awry and they move closer to one another daily. Of course there is some angst that they need to get beyond before they can move forward in their relationship. I have to add that Otis is rather swoon worthy, he is handsome, works hard, caring and steps up when necessary. This is a story about finding your desire, following your dreams and facing your fears. It is about friendship and family. I enjoyed the characters and even though it seemed like instalove, it really wasn’t as they had known each other all their lives. This was a sweet story with characters that were relatable and honest. Another good addition to this series. I received a copy of this book from Rachel’s Random Resources upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

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About the Author: Jess B. Moore is a writer of love stories. When she’s not writing, she’s busy mothering her accomplished and headstrong children, reading obscene numbers of books, and knitting scarves she’ll likely never finish.

Jess lives in small town North Carolina with her bluegrass obsessed family. She takes too many pictures of her cats, thinking the Internet loves them as much as she does. She is a firm believer of swapping stories over coffee or wine, and that there should always be dark chocolate involved.

The Fox River Romance novels combine her interests in family, music, and small towns into a thoughtful tales of growing up and falling in love. These books can be read as stand-alone, or as a series starting with The Guilt of a Sparrow.

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