The Wedding Shop, a novel by Rachel Hauck, is the story of two women who lived in the same small town of Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, but at different times. When we meet Cora Scott in 1930 she is the owner of a well known and successful bridal shop she had inherited from her great aunt. She excels at what she does- making her customers feel special and beautiful as they prepare the most important day of their lives. But, she is still waiting for her special day. She has fallen madly in love with an elusive man. No matter as she is certain he is the one for her. Long time friend Birch Good is sure he is the right man for her, but convincing Cora proves to be difficult. Who will Cora choose? We meet Haley Morgan eighty years later. She has returned to Heart’s Bend after a failed relationship and after completing her military service. The wedding shop has been closed for many years, but Haley had fond memories of the times she and her childhood friend had played in the abandoned building. Now scheduled for demolition, Haley is determined to reopen the shop. She meets with countless obstacles. Will she succeed?
Their fascinating stories are told in alternate voices. Both are strong and determined women, but they are not without doubts and uncertainties. As their stories unfold, both in the past and the present, we begin to see how much effect the wedding shop had on their lives.
This is a beautifully crafted story about love and faith. It is populated with believable characters whose struggles we can relate to. Their fictional world seems real. Secrets and surprises emerge when least expected. This book has all the components of an excellent read. Highly recommended.
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