The Wedding Shop

The Wedding Shop

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by Rachel Hauck
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
06/13/2016
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. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310341543
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
08/16/2016
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
64,473
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

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

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The Wedding Shop 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
gaele 13 days ago
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.
sgreene01 3 months ago
This is the first book I have read by Rachel Hauck. I enjoyed reading this Christian romance so much. When I saw there were sections that would revert back to characters in earlier years, then back to the present day, I thought it would be hard to follow the storyline, but did not find this to be the case. Miss Cora ran the Wedding Shop left to her by her Aunt Jane in the 1930s. The Wedding Shop brings in customers from all around, including surrounding states, to the small Tennessee town. Miss Cora is the ultimate hostess leading the brides to their “dream” weddings, however, Miss Cora has never been married. Will she find the love of her life, or remain an “old maid”? Will she be able to fully relate to her brides? Fast-forward to modern times and Haley who grew up “playing” in the deserted Wedding Shop and always said she wanted to own it. After spending time in the service, and striving to recover from a broken heart, Haley returns home to try to see where life will lead her now. She learns the Wedding Shop is about to be destroyed to make room for a parking lot. Will she be able to talk the City Council into letting her open the Wedding Shop? Will she find healing and forgiveness in her heart for her actions in the past? If she opens the shop, once again, an unmarried woman will be the owner. Will love find Haley so she can relate to these special brides? This was a wonderful book of twists, turns, love and redemption. At one point, I surprised my husband as I screeched, “Oh, my, goodness! I didn’t see that coming”! I was shocked at the turn the story took at that point. I definitely recommend this book to anyone and would definitely purchase it for my friends. I was given a copy of this book by Zondervan for my unbiased opinion.
Anonymous 1 days ago
This is such a good series. Who woulda thought you could see bupkis ina sentence. Love these easy reading.
More_Than_A_Review 1 days ago
The Wedding Shop is the third book in the Wedding series. Although it could be read alone; it is much more enjoyable to read the books in order as the author does an astounding job of weaving all three of the books together. It may be one of Rachel Hauck’s absolute best books. There were definitely plot twist that I did not see coming and for a voracious reader, that's always a thrill. There are two stories taking place that are decades apart. We are following Cora from the Great Depression era and Haley from the present. I received this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
MeezCarrie 5 days ago
Oh! Oh! This book! I love! In this latest novel, Rachel Hauck continues her Wedding Collections series, as well as returning to Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, but The Wedding Shop can easily be read as a standalone. If you HAVE read The Wedding Dress and The Wedding Chapel, however, you are in for an extra special treat. One of my favorite things about The Wedding Shop is the gorgeous dual timeline narrative. Watching Hauck start with two women – one in the 1930s, one in the present day – who seem to be quite different from one another at first glance and then watching her seamlessly weave parallels between their stories is truly a delight. Tying them both together right from the beginning, and cementing those ties as the novel progresses, is a quaint wedding shop on the brink of destruction… and a theme of seeing the value in others, even ourselves. The tenderness of this theme (Jesus values you – no matter what!!), matched with the masterful handling of a dual timeline narrative and two deliciously toecurling romances, make this one of my very favorite books this year. In The Wedding Shop, Rachel Hauck gives us characters we can embrace with our whole heart as well as a peek into history and a mirror on the present. It is gentle and bold all at once, and grace rests on every page like a lacy veil. A definite must-read! (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
sh2rose 5 days ago
The Wedding Shop vividly remains imprinted in my mind as though it had been a movie. I can see the scenes, hear the sounds, and feel the heartache. I grew to love these characters. I wanted the book to continue. This second book in the Heart’s Bend series will captivate you. It has a connection to the first book which is heavenly but can be read on it’s own. Haley and Cora are from two different generations but with the same desire; to help brides have their dream day. The dual plots mix throughout the book but the wedding shop is the same. Both women have tough issues and are very loyal to their families. Sometimes they don’t know love when it is right in front of them. Often they test their faith in God. I highly suggest reading The Wedding Shop for a delightful and dreamy experience. I received a copy from NetGalley for my honest review which I have given.
BethErin 7 days ago
Cora and Haley’s stories are set apart by eighty years yet fused together by The Wedding Shop. Cora Scott wants to believe in true love. Cora’s faith matures as she experiences abandonment, betrayal, and paralyzing fear and self-doubt. Birch Good has loved Cora for years and he is one of my favorite fictional heroes! She turns him away repeatedly but he just keeps loving her. Haley Morgan was drawn to the empty shell of The Wedding Shop even as a young girl. After a long and often painful eight years away from her hometown, God calls her back. Haley is genuine and authentic. The Wedding Shop is rich and full to the brim of history, family, forgiveness, and healing. I requested the opportunity to read and review this title through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed are my own.
PianoLady831 8 days ago
With the Wedding Collection series, Rachel Hauck has created three enchanting stories that are uniquely different and can stand alone, yet all are linked by characters, setting, and a strong spiritual thread. Each story was wonderful and I connected with them all emotionally, but I believe The Wedding Shop was my favorite. The fictional rural town of Heart’s Bend, Tennessee is the perfect setting for a story filled with a sense of family and community. Southern fiction is a favorite of mine, and there’s lots of southern charm to go around. A dual timeline propels the story, and Rachel has done this well throughout the series – connecting the characters with fascinating storylines that could stand alone. The characters extremely well drawn and multi-faceted, easy to connect with. Cora, who owned a wedding shop in the 1930s, was unwisely in love with a charismatic and charming river boat captain. Cora was blind to what other people, the reader included, suspected about him – and isn’t that often true in real life? But I was drawn to her courage, devotion, and ingenuity when it came to helping brides who couldn’t afford a wedding shop gown. And there’s so much to admire in Birch, a strong and tender man who backed up his feelings with caring actions. Haley, a retired Air Force captain, followed God’s prompting and returned home to Heart’s Bend. “After years in the military, Haley needed to find herself again, her values and integrity, the tenderness of her heart. She’d become callous, hard.” Haley carries a heavy load of past guilt, and I think her spiritual journey is something many readers can identify with. Wounded by his father’s criminal actions in the past, Cole also has some soul searching to do, and I loved the sweet chemistry between these two. Rachel has a unique way of weaving spiritual themes throughout the story, especially through the use of symbolism - sacrifice, obedience, patience, and divine interruptions being just a few. Through her love for the abandoned and soon-to-be-torn-down wedding shop, Haley reflects the theme of seeing value in something that others reject, a beautiful picture of Jesus. My favorite scene would have to be when Haley tries on a wedding gown at Charlotte’s shop and finally sees herself in God’s eyes – pure, washed whiter than snow in the blood of Jesus. Charlotte’s words to Haley that speak about the symbolism of the wedding dress are a message for all time in their description of the gospel of Jesus Christ . . . “It fits everyone who tries it on. It’s timeless, never wears out, and never needs to be altered, always in style and always beautiful.” Highly recommended. Thank you to Celebrate Lit and Zondervan for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
lolly-pops 10 days ago
Rachel Hauck's newest book, THE WEDDING SHOP is a standalone, though fans will definitely want to read The Wedding Dress and The Wedding Chapel. Ms. Hauck is a hit or miss author for me, and this book, THE WEDDING SHOP was a hit. I have to say I love, love, loved Birch Good, and I connected with Cora big time. Haley I didn't connect as well with, but I did love Cole. I had to keep reading to find out what would happen with Cora and her life story. I also loved the way Ms. Hauck tied Cora's story and Haley's story together, and while their histories were totally unique and their own, yet they were similar enough to bond the women. THE WEDDING SHOP is a beautiful story, beautifully written. Forbidden moments of passion, a man who's love is true, a man willing to give up his most valuable possession to help a "friend", and a woman who isn't afraid to honor a pinky-promise but discovers it was meant to be. THE WEDDING SHOP is a book to be cherished, put on the keeper shelf or shared with a friend. Valuable life lessons are mixed in with the truth, the faith, and with love. If you love contemporary romances, don't miss this newest one by Rachel Hauck. Great book. 4.5 stars.
Jaquelyn 10 days ago
The Wedding Shop is one of several books in Rachael Haucks' Wedding collection. The books all stand alone on their own, but some of the charters do cross over. One thing that is different about these books is they focus on two different couples, one contemporary and one historical. Hauck was so good at keeping me on my toes, I was dying to find out what was going to happen to both couples. There were torturous cliff hangers that made it impossible to put down. This story follows Cora and Haley, both ladies that are invested in the Wedding Shop. There is just something about that building that draws you in. I don't want to give anything away, but they both must go through some hardships in order to realize what's right in front of them. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary and historical fiction. I received a copy of this book from Zondervan in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
ARS8 10 days ago
The Wedding Shop by Rachel Hauck was a beautiful, moving story that had my heart wrung out. This story follows two different timelines, one in the present and the other during the Great Depression, about the same wedding shop in the same town. Told from the perspective of four people we are treated to a well-rounded story getting the big picture through all the characters. This is a story of family, love, and forgiveness. I really enjoyed how the author brought both timelines to a beautiful meeting place that I did not see coming. I enjoyed both timelines and liked that both were told interspersed throughout and we were not left hanging for too long in either. I cringed and grew impatient with Cora, (older timeline), and her naivety which led her to trust the wrong man. But, I also enjoyed her faith that was so pure and simple in the belief of true love that she could not, would not be moved until she had to finally acknowledge the truth. There were a few moments in the book that I felt that my heart was being squeezed and along with Cora I was brokenhearted. These were intense scenes and one really had me about done in. In regards to Haley, I really liked how the author presented the gospel in relation with the white wedding dresses. That was a beautiful description and the royalty of the wedding service was as well. The men, Birch and Cole were heroes that had great, strong hearts that were also wounded. There is happiness in this book, but also sadness that has touched the lives of generations. Overall, this is a story I will reread again, recommend, and ponder over the truths within. I received a copy of this book for an honest review through Celebrate Lit and the opinions are my own.
Virginiaw 11 days ago
ade me laugh and cry. I really enjoyed how it went back and forth between the present and past. I have been reading this during a trying time in my life but this helped me. Should you follow your dream even when everyone thinks you are crazy. Haley and Cora seem so alike but so different. Cole and Birch seem much alike also. Can a wedding shop help bring people in a town together or will it bring them apart. I look forward to many more books by Rachel Hauck. I received this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion.
Virginiaw 11 days ago
ade me laugh and cry. I really enjoyed how it went back and forth between the present and past. I have been reading this during a trying time in my life but this helped me. Should you follow your dream even when everyone thinks you are crazy. Haley and Cora seem so alike but so different. Cole and Birch seem much alike also. Can a wedding shop help bring people in a town together or will it bring them apart. I look forward to many more books by Rachel Hauck. I received this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion.
Virginiaw 11 days ago
ade me laugh and cry. I really enjoyed how it went back and forth between the present and past. I have been reading this during a trying time in my life but this helped me. Should you follow your dream even when everyone thinks you are crazy. Haley and Cora seem so alike but so different. Cole and Birch seem much alike also. Can a wedding shop help bring people in a town together or will it bring them apart. I look forward to many more books by Rachel Hauck. I received this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion.
DKStevens119 12 days ago
This was such a wonderful story. Love, heartbreak, beautiful brides and the story of a bridal shop that made every bride beautiful for her special day. Cora Scott the owner of the bridal shop was such a beautiful soul, I just wanted to hug her and be her best friend. When a young lady comes back to her hometown and wants to re-open the abandoned building that was once the bridal shop the story gets even deeper into the past and relationships. It makes us wish for that personal attention and the charm of this Wedding Shop for our own special day. I really liked this story and the ending was perfect! I was gifted a copy to read and review..
Kathae 13 days ago
I just wanted to shout and cheer as I finished reading this book! Author Rachel Hauck has turned out another beautiful, masterfully-crafted story that encourages your heart, reaffirms the power of love, and celebrates God's work of redemption. The characters were genuine and lovable and their struggles were real. I felt the angst and the joy along with them. The two stories were woven together in such a way that I never had trouble going forward or backward in time. Haley was given deadlines for renovating and reopening the shop, and as the deadlines loomed, the action and emotion intensified. As references to other Hauck books appeared, I was elated, but this book is entirely readable without having read others by this author. For readers who want to glory in the power of love, I recommend this book wholeheartedly. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit, in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
CaraPutman 13 days ago
Rachel has a knack for creating dual timelines that weave beautifully together -- each supports the other while standing alone as a full story. The Wedding Shop explores themes of one-sided love, and the patient love that waits almost unnoticed. The story revolves around a storefront which was once a thriving part of the Heart's Bend community, but has languished and is about to be demolished. One woman feels a pull to save the place, but experiences set-backs and challenges on all sides while at the same time feeling connected to the former owner, a woman she never met. Like The Wedding Dress, where a gown connects generations, and The Wedding Chapel, where a place connects people, this time it's really an idea and a way of serving that connects the generations. Haley is surprised and overwhelmed as people want to help her continue the tradition. The romances are subtle and sweet. The characters rich and multi-layered. The history alive, the breath of the spirit present. The Wedding Shop is perfect for readers who love a romance with meat, a novel that will speak to their souls, and dual timelines that each propel the story forward.
Crystal_Yawn 14 days ago
A beautiful interwoven story of two women, two time periods and one wedding shop. If you are a fan of Katy Perry's two for one romances you will enjoy this book. The story is woven between Cora in 1930, her man troubles and running of the shop and Haley present day her man troubles and renovating the shop. Both women come to life in this tale and we learn a great deal about them and how thier lives are connected through the wedding shop. The romance side is a bit lacking here. You don't get a great sense of the budding relationship, just that they are there. The story is very clean and Christian so could be read by any age group. I enjoyed this so much I'll be adding the others to my wish list. Thank you to the publisher who provided a copy in exchange of an honest review, you have introduced me to a new author! If you found this review helpful, please click so
4aussiegirl 16 days ago
http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Wedding-Shop/Rachel-Hauck/9780310341543?id=5826426027671 The Wedding Shop By: Rachel Hauck I love the cover of the wedding dress in the window. We’ve all had a Rufus and Birch or a Dax and Cole in our lives, guess if we knew in advance what they were like we’d know exactly whom to pick the first time and not waste all those years waiting on the wrong person. As Rachel is weaving a beautiful tapestry of years gone by of the 1930’s with Cora and with the years of 1900’s with Haley we’ll see the tapestry take on a life of sadness and heart ache, dishonesty and then as God comes to their rescue you’ll see a beautiful tapestry of all that blended together with the heart ache in with richness of God’s presence of hope, change and blessings. So as you travel the journey with Cora in 1930’s waiting for the love of her life, Capitan Rufus on the river boat to come back and make her his wife, and then with Haley in the years in 1900’s dealing with her time in the air force, the lost of a dear friend. Haley comes home to start a new life and keep a promise she and her friend Tammy made when they played in an old wedding shop when they were 10 years old, so as they left the wedding shop in the year 1996 they made a pinky promise and a dream they wanted to come true, of opening the wedding shop up once again. Two good friends and a dream they shared when they were so very young. So as Haley reached home with a heavy heart, no trust the one thing she kept alive was the dream and promise Tammy and Haley had as young friends. So Haley knew she wanted to keep her promise, this was also the only way Haley felt she could keep her friends name alive. So as your journey ends between the years gone by and 1900’s you’ll see the tapestry being finished and woven into beauty of love, forgiveness and happiness. Happy Adventure!!!! I recommend this book highly it truly is a master piece. I received this book free for an honest review from book look. I was not required to write a positive review just an honest one. The opinions I have expressed are entirely my own and no one else’s. 5 Stars ISBN 978-0-310-34154-3
mackenzie_carol 23 days ago
The Wedding Shop is Rachel Hauck’s most recent novel set in Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, and since I’ve read both of the others—The Wedding Dress and The Wedding Chapel—and absolutely loved each of them, I’ve been super excited for this book. Besides, I just knew that this sounded like an absolutely FANTASTIC story, so I preordered this just as soon as I had the chance. Just like I knew she would, Rachel wove together a wonderfully sweet story full of characters I absolutely fell in love with from the moment I met them. Rachel wrote a novel that was not only an adorable love story, but was also full of the sweet love of Jesus and the miracles He works in our lives each and every day, and that was what made this book all that much better. I connected with Haley Morgan almost immediately. As soon as I got to know her story better and I realized just how hard it was for her to forgive herself for her past, I couldn’t help but love her all the more, on top of feeling such an intense level of sympathy and compassion for her. I was taken with the idea of her opening the wedding shop from day one, and as I became aware of the parallels between her and Cora, I was even more positive that was exactly what Haley was supposed to do. The other thing I was positive about in regards to what was “meant-to-be” when it comes to Haley is Cole. Cole is absolutely one hundred percent fantastic, and I think he is absolutely perfect for Haley. Or he’s just perfect. Either way is fine with me. Cora Scott is also a fantastic character. Although I couldn’t understand her one bit with the whole Rufus business (I never would have hung on the way she did), I absolutely love all the work she does with her shop and for the brides who couldn’t afford all of the things they would like to have. And then there’s Birch. Oh my goodness, I loved him from the very start. I couldn’t imagine how she managed to put him off for so long, and for quite a while I wasn’t even sure everything was going to work out (keep in mind I’m not saying that it did either). Anyway, I absolutely loved Birch, because if Cole isn’t perfect, Birch most definitely was. All in all, I really, really, really loved this book and I already cannot wait to read it again. I’m planning on lending it to my best friend as soon as possible, and I know The Wedding Shop is a name that will be on my all-time favorites list from now on. I can’t imagine giving this book anything other than all five bookshelves, and I cannot wait to read more from Rachel because she is a wonderfully talented author. (This review is from my blog, spreadinghisgrace.blogspot.com)
Lane_Hill_House 23 days ago
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 The Wedding Shop by Rachel Hauck, © 2016 The Acknowledgments! I absolutely loved the Acknowledgments. This author's heart extends past her story in reference to those who helped her along the way. Research in unexpected places. The joining of two generations; three actually. The far past bringing a dream in a little girl's heart; the present, standing on what she believed, knowing assuredly what sparked within, not being detoured by what her own mother's heart held at the time. For we do stand with our own path before us. Jeremiah 29:11-14 ~ ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. ‘Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. ‘You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. ‘I will be found by you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.’ vintage bride ...: A dream come true. A little girl envisioning her knight in shining armor coming to whisk her off into the sunset to a land full of promise and lack of gray skies, at least weathered together as she becomes a young woman and continues on her path. Joining together into a oneness drawn separate from recognizing a beau in sight as she leans to the Lord in understanding and hope. Discouragement comes when she tries to start down the path alone ~ all heeding set apart, "I can do it myself." The parallel of the Depression era and the nowaday shop owner brings this story alive. Each generation is the same in having to decide each day in the accumulation of their life. Written between two women's lives, this story engages both so well. I especially liked the 1930s part of the story highlighting the current age like a continuance. The two women would have been good friends! I liked how others came around to help. There was no disparity in motive, each being open to what their heart held. I loved this story! So heartfelt by each of them in believing in what they were doing while fulfilling dreams for others as well as themselves, unknowingly. The author's backstory and Pinterest photos weave into this story. A place to gather; mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, and cousins. A generational burst of love and care for each other. This story is true for today. Friends being a special part of continuing life together. Encouragement and coming alongside; not isolated from each other, but retaining memories and futures alive with hope and acceptance. Shoring up, building together in strength. Upholding dreams that live on, healing that can come to open hearts. Tenderness bursting forth into newness available to change those near and forthcoming ~ a lifetime of continuance! Live your story. ***Rachel Hauck, thank you for authoring this beautiful story; and to BookLook Bloggers for inviting me along, sending me a review copy of The Wedding Shop. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
GailHollingsworth 24 days ago
I've read The Wedding Dress, The Wedding Chapel and now The Wedding Shop. Each told a wonderful story of love, hope, faith and new beginnings. God speaks to us today and He spoke to the characters in this book. Rachel Hauck writes in such a way that you feel like you are there and the characters could be friends of yours. I enjoyed the going back and forth from Cora the owner of the wedding shop from the 1920s on till the 1950s, to Haley, present day that felt a pull to restore and open the shop back up in spite of obstacles in her way. Her childhood friend Tammy, and she had made a pinky swear that they would purchase and open the wedding shop when they were grown. Years later when Tammy passes on unexpectedly, Haley is more determined than ever to follow through with their dream. Finances, town council, especially the mayor, and a company wanting to purchase the land for a lot more than it's worth to make a parking lot where the shop stands all cause problems and frustration for Haley. Follow her and her friend Cole as they work together and see the miracles God has for them along the way. I received this ebook from the publisher through Net Galley for my honest opinion, which I have given.
heater_28 25 days ago
*Review copy provided by NetGalley and publisher** This was my first Rachel Hauck book, but it will not be my last. I thoroughly enjoyed the way this story unfolded and the way that the past and present were intertwined. It was a very inspirational book, but it was also not in your face. There were a lot of great lessons that anyone could take out of this story. The book follows the stories of Cora Beth Scott back in the 1930's and Haley Morgan in 2014 and how The Wedding Shop has a huge impact on both of their lives. Cora inherited the shop from her great aunt and she devoted her life to the brides that came in and making sure their dreams came true all while she was pining for a man who just kept her waiting. Haley is at a point in her life where she has accomplished most of the things on the list she had set out for her life, but when her childhood best friend succumbs to cancer, she decides to pursue the pinky-promise they had made when they were young - to re-open and run The Wedding Shop. She goes back to her hometown and encounters all kinds of issues as she begins to bring this longstanding dream to fruition. Both women are very driven in their work, but they want nothing more than to be loved, but they aren't sure romance is worth it, which is ironic due to their vocation. The similarities in the stories of the women so many decades apart is captivating and there are other details that will suck the reader in further. This was a very well written book that kept me engaged from the outset. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good story, weddings and trusting that things in your life will happen when they should.
kp68 3 months ago
The latest book by Rachel Hauck is entitled The Wedding Shop. This book tells the tales of two women from the town of Heart's Bend, Tennessee. The first woman, Cora Scott, lived here in the 1930's; whereas, the second woman, Haley Morgan, has recently returned to her hometown of Heart's Bend. Both of these women have a connection to the renowned Wedding Shop that graces the streets of this town. Hold on to learn what else connects these two women from two very different times in our history! You watch Cora as she chases after a ship's captain, Rufus St. Claire, a man who is not willing to commit to her in marriage. All the while you see Birch Good, waiting by the side to see if Cora will ever look his way! Next, you observe Haley as she attempts to rebuild her life, after a bad relationship has crushed her spirit. Soon Haley decides to rebuild the town's famous wedding shop, in her attempt to leave a positive mark in this world. Haley takes on this task with the help of Cole Danner, a friend from the past. You soon begin to wonder what direction this friendship will eventually take. As you travel with these two women, they each encounter a difficult road that God has set before them! This read was a bit difficult as you constantly jump from the past to the present; however, you will be excited to discover the truth of what actually connects these two women on the final pages of this book! I received this book from Zondervan in exchange for my unbiased review. http://penlessreview.blogspot.com/
Butterflyblogger 3 months ago
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. I enjoyed reading this book. I thought it started out a little slow. But as it progressed it got better. There were four main characters that we read about. Cora and Birch. Their story took place in the early 1900's. Haley and Cole's story takes place present day. I couldn't decide if Cora was truly blinded by love or just plain naive. Haley was not only wanting to reopen the Wedding Shop. She was trying to discover her faith again. Cole had been engaged to Haley's best friend Tammy. She feels it would be disloyal to Tammy to have feelings for Cole. Even though Tammy has died. There is one very big surprise in the book I didn't see coming at all. It really tied the story together though. I would recommend this book to everyone. The next book in the series is The Wedding Dress. The dress was introduced in this book. I am anxious to see where the dress has been and is going. I was given this book for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.