From New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes The Wedding Shop.
“I adored The Wedding Shop! Rachel Hauck has created a tender, nostalgic story, weaving together two pairs of star-crossed lovers from the present and the past with the magical space that connects them. So full of heart and heartache and redemption, this book is one you’ll read long into the night, until the characters become your friends, and Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, your second hometown.” —Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author
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.
“The Wedding Shop is the kind of book I love, complete with flawed yet realistic characters, dual timelines that intersect unexpectedly, a touch of magic, and a large dose of faith. Two breathtaking romances are the perfect bookends for this novel about love, forgiveness, and following your dreams. And a stunning, antique wedding dress with a secret of its own. This is more than just a good read—it’s a book to savor.” —Karen White, New York Times bestselling author
Cora Scott runs the popular Wedding Shop in 1930s Heart's Bend, Tenn., attracting brides-to-be from all over the South. She waits anxiously for her lover, riverboat captain Rufus St. Claire, to return and fulfill his promise to marry her, but as the months slip away with no sign of him, a local farmer patiently proves his dedication and worth. In the present day, former Air Force Capitan Haley Morgan returns home to Heart's Bend from her California base, after a childhood friend's sudden death from brain cancer sends her reeling. When they were young, the two made a pact to one day reopen the abandoned wedding shop that they would sneak into and imagine what it would be like to be married. To overcome her grief and move forward with her career, Haley decides she will fulfill the pact and reopen Cora's charming store. Hauck (The Wedding Dress) seamlessly switches back and forth in this redeeming tale of a shop with healing powers for the soul. As Cora and Haley search for solace and love, they find peace in the community of the charming shop. Hauck succeeds at blending similar themes across the time periods, grounding the plot twists in the main characters' search for redemption and a reinvigoration of their wavering faith. In the third of her winsome wedding-themed standalone novels, Hauck focuses on the power of community to heal a broken heart.
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THE. WEDDING. SHOP
THE. WEDDING. SHOP. by Rachel. Hauck
Dreams that Haley had when she was young with her friend Tammy. Life changed when she learned that Tammy was dying. Filed papers and got out of the service,,got on her Harley and took off. Being the youngest, and having 4 brothers, all achievers .The dreams she had with Tammy, when they were young, seemed liked the best idea. Decides to open the wedding shop, in Hearts Bend, TN again, been closed for over 90 years. Story covers the 30's, 49's to present. Giving us that there is power in dreams. This was another delightful, book for all to read.
Given book by.Thomas Nelson for my honest opinion of which I have given.
The Wedding Shop
I loved this book. I couldn't figure out why Haley's mom was so set against her opening the shop. Then when I read that Rufus was married, I just knew that somehow Haley was related to him. I am glad I was wrong, and that itself was a beautiful story. The Wedding Dress was a story that stood on its own merit, but worked beautifully. Very well done, and it kept me guessing. Sometimes people's greed make them do unreal things to others. Looking forward to the next book.
this story brings a wonderful sense of completion to both women’s lives.
Let me start by saying that Inspirational fiction is not a ‘go-to’ reading option for me – I don’t tend to see the need for a quote from scripture or a reliance on a higher power (any higher power) to find resolution. That’s my own personal thoughts, and in no way affected my reading or enjoyment of this title. In fact, in some ways, the overriding message of forgiveness did fit the story and the progression of the characters.
Already you know this is a story told in dual timeline, with elements that are wholly of their own time, and several that crossover in ways that prove humanity and emotions are eternal and common to us all. From the 1930’s era Cora who struggles to find her own moments of hope all while she gives hope and wings to the dreams of the brides who arrive at her shop hoping for magic to the moments of present-day Haley struggling with her own distrust of love and lasting and her promise to a friend lost in combat as she struggles to give the shop a new lease on life.
Gentle reveals of both character’s stories and pasts, heartbreaks and their gradual healing to move on a new path coincide: not for the similarities of situations but more for the feelings and questions each confronted and answered, sometimes repeatedly, as they moved forward in their own process. With grace, hope and a gradual maturing of both people and memories, this story brings a wonderful sense of completion to both women’s lives.
I received an eArc copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.