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The Wedding Shop

July 18, 2016
The Wedding Shop
Rachel Hauck
Inspired Romance
Zondervan
August 16, 2016
352
Net Galley

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Description of The Wedding Shop

From New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes The Wedding Shop.
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.

My Review of The Wedding Shop

Wow! What a wonderful, heartwarming story!
One wedding dress shop, but two stories about two owners of the shop that span six decades.

Cora owns the shop in Hearts Bend, Tennessee, during the 1930’s through 1980. The shop is the place every bride for miles around wants to go to find her special dress. Cora has a knack for helping the young brides and their families.

Unfortunately, Cora herself has never been a bride. She made the mistake of falling in love with a riverboat captain who never makes good on his promise to marry her. While she pines away for her riverboat captain a young farmer waits patiently for her to notice him as something more than a friend.

In the present day, Haley Morgan, returns home to Heart’s Bend. She has recently left the Air Force and ended a bad relationship. She arrives in Heart’s Bend with a desire to reopen the wedding shop. She has fond memories of playing in the shop with her best friend, Tammy. Tammy has recently died. Haley is not sure if God is really talking to her, telling her to reopen the shop or if she is just chasing a wonderful memory from her childhood.

It’s not until Haley is willing to receive God’s loving forgiveness and forgive herself of her past sins that she can see God’s hand in the circumstances around her. He has wonderful plans for her, better than she can even imagine or hope for.

I love all of Rachel Hauck’s books, but I think this one is my favorite. I love how she tied in the story of the Wedding Shop with two of her other books, The Wedding Dress, and The Wedding Chapel. She ingeniously told the story from not only multiple points of view, but two different time periods. It is a story about love, guilt, kindness and God’s redeeming love.

As always, thank you NetGalley for providing me a copy of this wonderful book in exchange for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It will be available August 16, 2016. You can pre-order it now on Amazon just to make sure you don’t miss it when it comes out. (It’s that good!)

Let me know what you think of it.

Enjoy!

About the author

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A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Rachel Hauck is a former corporate grinder who realized she preferred facing the blank pages of her next novel rather than getting a regular paycheck.

A graduate of Ohio State, she’s an avid football fan and considers herself a second-rate arm chair quarterback. She loves sandwiches and chips, and believes Matthew’s final proposal to Mary in Downton Abbey Series 2 is the most romantic scene on television.

Her book, The Wedding Dress, hit #2 on the New York Times and was named Romantic Times Inspirational Novel of the Year.

Her latest release, The Wedding Chapel was named to Booklist Top Ten Inspirationals of 2015.

Rachel penned the critically acclaimed Songbird Novels with multi-platinum country artist Sara Evans. Even though she can sing, Rachel has never performed a duet with Miss Evans.

She is the past President of American Christian Fiction Writers and now serves on the Executive Board. She was once named ACFW Mentor of the Year.

Visit her web site at www.rachelhauck.com to sign up for her newsletter, read her blog, and to follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Terry Houchin

Hi, my name is Terry Houchin. I live on the on the Gulf Coast of Texas with my husband of thirty-eight years and our two dogs, Miley and Shadow. I have two grown sons and a grandson.

I am a retired teacher who loves gardening and reading. I am currently working on writing a novel.

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