The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt

July 5, 2014 Review 36

The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt
The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt by Lindsey Leavitt

the chapel warsThe Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt
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Review By: Alise
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 304
Genre: Contemporary
Series: Standalone
Release Date: May 6th, 2014

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 Holly 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.


THE CHAPEL WARS was a cute contemporary read. It wasn’t spectacular, but I enjoyed the few hours of fun I got out of it. Plus you can’t beat the setting, Las Vegas is one of my favorite places on earth, and Leavitt really captured the magic of  it all, old and new.

Characters in a gif:


money animated GIF
Holly’s deceased grandfather left her an old wedding chapel that’s about to go under with debt. Why a man would entrust a drowning business to his 17 year old granddaughter and expect to her magically save it is beyond me, but this is a fictional novel. Suspend your disbelief and all that. Anyways, her whole life now is basically doing whatever she can to try to pull in some money, including doing almost everything her grandfather was against which kind of rubbed me the wrong way.



Dax was originally described as handsome, kind of scruffy, and having a Southern accent. At one particular point in the story he was dressed in full cowboy garb which temperamentally cemented Woody from Toy Story into my head-not the best mental image.

Not to mention that the romance itself wasn’t exactly fleshed out. It isn’t exactly insta-love, but their relationship progresses somewhat fast and unrealistically. I did like how supportive they were of each other and their cute moments, but it wasn’t a romance I could fully get behind. Plus apparently he used to watch her in the parking lot.


The ending of this book is totally bittersweet and a little open-ended, but I was fairly satisfied with it. Overall it was a good read, but not one that is going to stay with me for too long.


Rating Report
Overall: 3.3

36 Responses to “The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt”

  1. Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

    This sounds like a really light and cute read, but it’s a shame it didn’t really impact you enough emotionally to blow you away. I’m definitely going to consider giving this a try because it sounds really good despite the minor flaws it may have – specifically the lackluster romance.

    Thanks for sharing, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3
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    • Alise

      Yeah, sadly, that’s exactly what happened :/ Yeah, definitely. It’s entertaining and cute at times, let me know what you think if you read it. Thanks :D

  2. Wattle

    This sounds like a good read on a rainy day. Light and a bit ridiculous, I am such a sucker for cheesy novels sometimes lol although now I’m sure if I do read it, I’ll just be thinking of Toy Story. Could be worse I suppose ;)
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    • Alise

      I think you may really enjoy it then! Everyone gets in that mood, sometimes you need a book like this :) Aha, whoops ;)

  3. Tanja

    LOL Woody, sorry Dex seems interesting, but I’d picture him like Woody too xD I like the idea of this story and it does sound cute and interesting, but I’m afraid it lacks depth which I need to enjoy any book. Great review :)
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    • Alise

      Glad I’m not the only one then :P Yeah, same. Light and fun novels are good but they will never get a full five star rating from me without depth. Thanks!

  4. Faye D'Social Potato (@kawaiileena)

    The cover is cute at least! ^^ I’ve been seeing this around, but I haven’t really bothered to try it out yet. For some reason, I just don’t feel compelled – add to that I’m extremely picky when it comes to contemporaries, so I want them to be really worth it before I buy a book. I see that you liked it, but if it’s not something that sticks to you, it’s probably something that won’t stick to me, either!
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    • Alise

      It is! I really like it.
      I get that. I never used to read contemporary novels at all, and now I’m kind of impartial to them. They really have to wow me. Same! Yeah… :/

    • Alise

      Thanks :D
      Yeah, I say give it a shot. It has good qualities for sure. I love a good setting and she definitely impressed me in that aspect!

    • Alise

      Yeah that’s exactly how I felt. Those were the two main positives in the book for me. Sure! If you read it, let me know :)

  5. Kirsty-Marie

    For some reason I thought this was Adult, oops. Should’ve known I’d be laughing after the first gif, haha. But hey, Woody’s hot stuff. ;) Ignore I said that. Moving on. it wasn’t a romance I could fully get behind. Plus apparently he used to watch her in the parking lot. that and the gif, I can’t.
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    • Alise

      Too late. I’ll never forget this *evil laughter*
      That gif practically threw itself into this post after I read that line xD

    • Alise

      That was his only creepy line but it was definitely awkward. We need some better love interests.

    • Alise

      He’s not nearly as bad as some of the other YA love interests. It was definitely a weird moment when he openly admits it to her though.

  6. Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

    I lost it at the “he used to watch her” part. I have been holding in my laughter for the past 2 minutes and that GIF is not helping. OMG! WHO DOES THAT? LOL. Anyways, this sounds like a cute fluffy read, and while it wasn’t that fleshed out, at least you enjoyed it, right? Great review, Alise.
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    • Alise

      Hehehehe >:D Glad you liked it!
      It sounded even creeper in context, actually. Yeah, it was okay :)

  7. Romi Foster

    Ooh, those Woodey gifs. Both hysterical and mildly worrying- I think I would be very concerned at having that image as the image of a character, particularly a main I was supposed to take mildly seriously, because I imagine I would only fail and end up laughing.
    I’m sorry this wasn’t as good a read as it could have been, but I assure you I got a lot of enjoyment from your review (which was both really good and… well, back to the Woodey gifs which are just highly amusing).
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    • Alise

      Ahaha, yes. I think I may have just doomed you all to see him as Woody if you ever read the book now ;) Yay, thanks! Glad to hear it.

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