My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Christian Women's Lit
Book Description: Two women separated by decades. Both set out to help others find their dreams when their own have crumbled.
It’s the early 1930s, but Cora Scott is walking in stride as a career woman after having inherited her great aunt’s wedding shop in Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, where brides come from as far away as Birmingham to experience her famed bridal treatment. Meanwhile, Cora is counting down the days until her own true love returns from the river to make her his bride. But days turn into months and months to years. All the while, Birch Good continues to woo Cora and try to show her that while he is solid and dependable, he can sweep her off her feet.
More than eighty years later, former Air Force Captain Haley Morgan has returned home to Heart’s Bend after finishing her commitment to military service. After the devastating death of her best friend, Tammy, and discovering the truth about the man she loved, Haley is searching for her place in life.
When Haley decides to reopen the romantic but abandoned wedding shop where she and Tammy played and dreamed as children, she begins a journey of courage, mystery, and love.
As Cora’s and Haley’s stories intertwine through time in the shadow of the beloved wedding shop, they both discover the power of their own dreams and the magic of everyday love.
My thoughts: The Wedding Shop is a beautiful story. The book is told from two points of view. The first is Cora, she operated a Wedding Shop and kept it going through the depression and the early 1980's. She was a woman who experienced a lot of heartache, but believed in giving brides a romantic start with quality clothing and a wonderful experience. She was known for her ethic and efforts to help others in need.
The present day story is of Haley. She also has experienced heartache and comes home to her small town to heal. She has always felt a pull to the empty and run down Wedding Shop. Events unfold that prove to her that it is part of her destiny to re-open the shop.
The lives of these two women have many parallels. I loved how Rachel Hauck intertwined their experiences. The book goes back and forth between their stories showing their progression and how healing comes about. The book is Christian centered and is describes forgiveness and feeling God's love.
The book has romantic elements. It is not the main focus of the story, but part of the journey the women take. It is really beautiful the comparisons and the realization of what it means to truly love.
About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads) New York Times, USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Rachel Hauck writes from sunny central Florida.
A RITA finalist and winner of Romantic Times Inspirational Novel of the Year, she writes vivid characters dealing with real life issues.
She loves to hear from readers. She also loves to encourage new writers and sits on the Executive Board of American Christian Fiction Writers..
A graduate of Ohio State University with a BA in Journalism, Rachel is an avid OSU football fan. She hopes to one day stand on the sidelines in the Shoe with Urban Meyer.
An avid Diet Coke fan, she is caffeine free. Sometimes you just have to compromise.
She's never skied or jumped out of an airplane. She leaves such hijinks to Jason Bourne.