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Wedding Shop, by Rachel Hauck
Finished with military service, former soldier Haley needs to regroup. When she gets the chance to reopen her hometown's wedding shop, she takes it. Hoping to leave the past behind, she begins catering to a young generation of brides. But will the memoirs of the shop's past owner, a 1930s dressmaker, unlock her own healing?
Publication Date: 2016
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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 Hearts 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 Coras 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.
Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and two pets and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at rachelhauck.com Facebook: rachelhauck Twitter: @RachelHauck
4 stars. 'In The Wedding Shop, the storyline alternates between past and present, engrossing the reader in both timelines. There are certain elements that are more obvious to the reader than to the characters, and it can get slightly frustrating waiting for the characters to get a clue. However, this is short lived, and the ways that God's provision is shown is heartwarming and can even increase the reader's faith. The weaving in of characters and plot points from The Wedding Dress and The Wedding Chapel adds depth and meaning to the gorgeously rendered tale.'
MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Wedding ShopFebruary 4, 2017MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5THE WEDDING SHOP tells the present day story of Haley Morgan, interspersed with Cora Scott's story, set mainly in the 1930's. Cora was the longtime proprietor of The Wedding Shop in Heart's Bend, Tennessee, having inherited it from her Aunt Jane. By the time Haley was a little girl, the shop had been closed for years and was unoccupied. Haley and her best friend, Tammy, would sneak into the shop and dream of owning it one day. Eighteen years later, Haley does just that, though it isn't an easy road. She has to do it on her own since Tammy died of cancer. I liked the way the stories eventually tied together. Haley had much healing to do after a disastrous relationship before she could be ready to be more than friends with her contractor, Cole Danner, an old friend who was Tammy's boyfriend. The connection with Charlotte, from THE WEDDING DRESS, was a nice touch. Cora's story was equally complicated. Forgiveness was a big theme in this book. Several characters had to learn to forgive themselves, and conquer their resulting fears, as well as forgive others. It was a delightful book.
EAHendryxSanta Clarita, CaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Tale of God's Perfect TimingFebruary 2, 2017EAHendryxSanta Clarita, CaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A tale of God's perfect timing that spans the ages.
She's done it again. I don't know what kind of magical mojo Rachel Hauck weaves into her stories but they get me right in the feels every time. Every. Time. Yes, I spent a good portion of this book crying...In a reflective, happy, sad, mixed-emotions and feelings kind of way. I'm pretty sure not everyone will be affected in this way, but somehow this book hit me right in a soft spot and pressed in. Deeper and deeper.
This book--and the characters journey--reminded me that God is powerful, influential, and working in this world (yes, even though it is a fictional book). It's one of the many things I admire about Rachel's writing - her ability to gently remind us of the fact that God is a BIG God and capable of doing amazing things. He's a God of miracles. I remember one line hit me especially where Haley says, "...but I'm not going to let a little thing like money stand in my way." What truth! And what a great theme--considering the fact that God's will is bigger than money or our ability to plan things out (but I digress).
This story, like The Wedding Dress and The Wedding Chapel, is "dual time" encompassing a story from history with the present. I'm not a huge fan of this in general, but the stories have really grown on me. If I were to choose which story I liked best between Cora Scott and Haley Morgan I'm not sure that I could pick. Both were well thought out, developed, and enticing in their own right.
Haley reminded me a lot of myself - not exactly in personality, but at the core of who she is and what she focused on in this book. Her devotion to opening The Wedding Shop and her appreciation for its history is also something that resonates deep in me. I love history and want to see it cherished and preserved. I loved Cora's character and storyline, though I was frustrated with her at times for being "blind". Then again, aren't we all blind to things we don't want to see sometimes?
And the ending. *sigh* I won't share much here other than the fact that I was at around 50% one night and finished the rest of the book (staying up until 2 am) just to see what happened. And I loved it!
If you like present day romance, historical romance, or (like this book) a combination, you are going to love this book! It gives you the best of both worlds and a woven story that will pull you through until the end and have you rooting for The Wedding Shop.
I received this book for free but was under no obligation to post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.
alannahpNew BrunswickAge: 18-24Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Not a favourite.January 30, 2017alannahpNew BrunswickAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3A BIT ABOUT THE BOOK:
The Wedding Shop is told from two points of view. The first is Cora, who operated a small bridal shop in Hearts Bend, Tennessee and kept it going through the depression to the early 1980s. She was a woman who experienced a lot of heartache, but believed in helping brides prepare for their happily ever after.
The present day story is of Haley Morgan, a former Air Force Captain. Shelike Corahas also experienced heartache. She comes back to her small town to heal from her pain, and realizes shes always felt a pull to the empty, run down wedding shop. Working to re-open shop, Haley will discover the story behind this small shop in the centre of town.
I havent read much fiction in quite a while, so this book was my first taste of fiction again. The Wedding Shop was a cute, well done story. I felt like the storyline was hard to get into, though, and much of the story dragged on. I really wanted to love this bookI love fiction thats well written, but unfortunately, The Wedding Shop was like most Christian fiction in that it was predictable (bummer), but it was still a good, wholesome story. I guess I just wouldnt give it another try or recommend it; hence the three stars.
Susan Barrett3 Stars Out Of 5The Wedding ShopJanuary 21, 2017Susan BarrettQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Wedding Shop by Rachel Hauck is the second of two books in the "Heart's Bend" series, the first being "The Wedding Chapel".
In the earliest time period that the book goes between, it's the early 1930s. Cora Scott is a single woman running her own wedding dress shop business and waiting for her sailor to come back to her. As she waits, she faces the pressures of both business and a man in town wanting to be with him.
In the present time period, Air Force Captain Haley Morgan returns to her hometown of Heart's Bend after serving in the military to find her best friend dead and the old wedding dress shop building that they'd dreamed of owning together in the midst of being torn down. As she fights for the building to stay put, she faces opposition from people she thought could be trusted with her dreams.
As with the first in the series, I found all the time-travel jumping confusing, but once you get used to it, the story is good, although having the story told from three or four main character's point of view is very confusing too. Personally, I like Rachel Hauck's "Royal Weddings" series better, as they are less confusing to read, but these are still good historical/contemporary/inspirational/slightly mysterious/Christian/romance books. I think they aren't my cup of tea because they try to be so many things at once, but I have read a lot of good reviews about them from others.
Thank you to Thomas Nelson and Zondervan's Fiction Guild program for providing me with a copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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Kym4 Stars Out Of 5Two lives intertwined within the walls of loveJanuary 8, 2017KymQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The enchantment continues, this time in a sweet wedding shop.
Early 1930s Cora Scott is breaking ground as a career woman, following in her great aunts footsteps by inheriting her wedding shop. A place where brides come from all over to browse their collection and have a dream wedding. Meanwhile, Cora is waiting for her own love to return to her. More than eighty years later, Haley Morgan has returned home to Hearts Bend. A devastating death and an unsettling discovery has Haley searching for her place in life. She is hoping that reopening The Wedding Shop will be her calling. As Coras and Haleys lives intertwine within the walls of The Wedding Shop they dare to dream and believe in the power of love.
Rachel Hauck has a way with words. Whether I was walking with Cora by the river or doing remodeling with Haley, I felt as though I was there, really there. I felt each girls hopes, their fears. This is a sweet story of dreams and never giving up.
*I received this book free from Zondervan and Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts.*