Two women separated by decades. Both set out to help others find their dreams when their own have crumbled. It’s the 1930s, and Cora is taking the reins at her family’s wedding shop in Heart’s Bend, Tennessee. Brides come from far away to be doted on by Cora and her family while they find the perfect wedding dress. Meanwhile, Cora has found her true love, Rufus, a riverboat captain. Cora counts the days until his return from the river, and she continues to wait for him as days turn into months and months turn into years. When he finally returns, she receives the shock of a lifetime: he is married to another. Nursing her heartbreak, she must find a way to continue pouring her heart into the hopes and dreams of the brides who visit her shop, all while wondering if she will ever find true love or if it has passed her by. In present day, Haley has finished her time as a soldier, and suffering from PTSD, wants nothing to do with the heartbreak of this world. She sets off for Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, and in order to honor the memory of a fallen friend, she takes on the task of reopening an abandoned and long-forgotten wedding shop. Perhaps through helping others, she can forget the pain and disappointment in her own life. Haley isn’t looking for love, but when her friend’s former fiancé becomes involved in the shop’s renovations, they both find that healing and restoration can perhaps happen in their lives too.
Bubby: Now I want to open a wedding shop. With a beautiful curving staircase that sweeps down from the upper level and is decorated with elegant Art Deco accents and platinum-framed mirrors…ahhh. I can picture it in my mind so clearly! I worked at a wedding shop for a few months back in the day and really enjoyed it, but I don’t actually think I’d enjoy owning one. How about you, Sissy?
Sissy: I don’t want to own a wedding shop, but I admit to a secret fondness for watching “Say Yes To The Dress” and I get giddy pleasure out of it, even though I have no prospective brides at my house.
Bubby: I have three prospective brides, and I do watch the wedding dress shows. I love them. They delight the fluffy, lacy little girl who hides out in the depths of my soul.
Sissy: I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Wedding Shop, which was actually two stories that go back and forth in time. One is the story of Cora, who revitalizes the family wedding shop back in the 1930’s, and the other is of Haley, her great-niece, who seeks to reopen the wedding shop in the present. Both have intriguing stories of love and loss, and both deeply feel the magic of the wedding shop. I especially loved the twists the stories present to us, and felt completely, happily satisfied with the ending.
Bubby: I was initially annoyed with both Cora and Haley for their inability to see the good men who were right in front of their faces, but I got over it. I do still want to smack Rufus, though, all over his womanizing face. I adore Rachel Hauck’s writing, especially her ability to create beautiful word pictures and characters with whom I fall in love. The Wedding Shop is a fantastic stand alone read, but is even better when read after one has read The Wedding Dress and The Wedding Chapel.
Sissy: Oh, you just reminded me of a very interesting, non human character in The Wedding Shop–the decades old wedding dress! This somewhat mystical item of clothing has it’s very own splendid story woven in with Cora and Haley’s, which you will love! Rachel Hauck manages to write beautiful, moving stories interspersed with just the most tasteful amount of inspirational wisdom. She is absolutely one of my favorites, and I hope she lives and writes lovely novels for me to read for another 50 years!
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