Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Wedding Shop by Rachel Hauck

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.

I enjoyed reading this book.  I thought it started out a little slow.  But as it progressed it got better.  There were four main characters that we read about.  Cora and Birch.  Their story took place in the early 1900's.  Haley and Cole's story takes place present day.  I couldn't decide if Cora was truly blinded by love or just plain naive.

Haley was not only wanting to reopen the Wedding Shop.  She was trying to discover her faith again. 
Cole had been engaged to Haley's best friend Tammy.  She feels it would be disloyal to Tammy to have feelings for Cole.  Even though Tammy has died.

There is one very big surprise in the book I didn't see coming at all.  It really tied the story together though. 

I would recommend this book to everyone.  The next book in the series is The Wedding Dress.  The dress was introduced in this book.  I am anxious to see where the dress has been and is going.

I was given this book for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.

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