I was very pleased to be offered the chance to read The Wedding Shop by Rachel Hauck. I enjoyed another book by the author so I knew I would be in for a good story. I thank the publisher for sending me a copy at no charge for my honest review.
About the Book:
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
About the Author:
Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and two pets and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at rachelhauck.com Facebook: rachelhauck Twitter: @RachelHauck
This is a very sweet tale about love and loss, life and death and the happiest day in a woman’s life. The story moves back and forth in time (I will admit I’m getting a bit tired of this in novels.) as we learn of the lives of the two women important in the history of the wedding shop in Heart’s Bend, Tennessee. Cora Scott inherits the shop from her aunt and turns it into a going concern and even keeps it profitable during the Depression. She dresses brides as they find love but she herself is blind to what is in front of her.
Haley Morgan and her best friend played as young girls in the abandoned wedding shop and when she comes home after a bad break up she decides that opening the wedding shop is what she needs to do. She’s finished with her career in in the Air Force and she needs something to do – why not resurrect her old dream? But she will need a lot of help. Perhaps Cole, her old childhood friend who is now a contractor can help her rebuild the shop and her heart.
The Wedding Shop is part of a trilogy yet it easily stands alone. It’s a quick, easy read that doesn’t tax the reader. The story is like a bowl of ice cream – light, sweet with perhaps a few nuts tossed in – you know just what you are getting and are happy to have it. It was a nice breather book from all of the deeper, heavier reads I have on my schedule.