The Wedding Shop

The Wedding Shop

by Rachel Hauck


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

“I adored The Wedding Shop! Rachel Hauck has created a tender, nostalgic story, weaving together two pairs of star-crossed lovers from the present and the past with the magical space that connects them. So full of heart and heartache and redemption, this book is one you’ll read long into the night, until the characters become your friends, and Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, your second hometown.” —Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author

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.

“The Wedding Shop is the kind of book I love, complete with flawed yet realistic characters, dual timelines that intersect unexpectedly, a touch of magic, and a large dose of faith. Two breathtaking romances are the perfect bookends for this novel about love, forgiveness, and following your dreams. And a stunning, antique wedding dress with a secret of its own. This is more than just a good read—it’s a book to savor.” —Karen White, New York Times bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310341543
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 08/16/2016
Series: Rachel Hauck's Wedding Series , #3
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 233,980
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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 pet and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at; Facebook: RachelHauck; Twitter: @RachelHauck; Instagram: @rachelhauck.

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The Wedding Shop 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a good series. Who woulda thought you could see bupkis ina sentence. Love these easy reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story line. Another hit !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved everything about this story! I couldn't put it down! This was one of those books where you stay up til 1:00 in the morning multiple nights to keep reading! I LOVE how Rachel Hauck ties this story in with the others in this series. I loved all the connections! So glad that Cora and Haley finally figured it out! Keep writing Rachel!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where did the time go? I was completely absorbed by this book. The characters were great and relatable. I could have easily gone another hunfdred pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love love love this book, I have another favorite author! For anyone who struggles forgiving themselves even though He has already forgiven you and forgotten your sin, this day s the book for you. Which one of us HASN’T loved the wrong man or done things wrong just to get their way? Just an awesome read that will speak to your heart about God Ndour Fathers love for us
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this is less than 24 hours - it was that good! Loved it!
gaele More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
This book was as good as The Wedding Dress! Great characters and excellent story line. I didn’t want to put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading The Wedding Shop! It is a wonderful and sweet story. I recommend reading this delightful and clean story. ***** esk 02/2019 *****
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This book fascinated me from the beginning. I love the way Rachel Hauck made the wedding dress shop the central character of this book. The story tells the story of Cora Scott in the 1930s. She inherited the shop from her great aunt. Brides would come from far and near to purchase their dress and receive the bridal treatment form this shop in Heart's Bend, Tennessee. Cora, however, was waiting for her love, a river captain, to return to her. She has another in the town, Birch Good who would like to be her special one. Eighty plus years later, Haley Morgan, an Air Force Captain, decides to fulfill the promise she and Tammy, now deceased, made years ago to own and run the Wedding Shop. The dreams and love each of these ladies found through this shop is engaging. Rachel Hauck is able to entwine these two stories effortlessly. The Christian message underlies everything without being overbearing. This is a story of forgiveness and living the life God has chosen for you. This story of journey is highly recommended by me.
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EA_Hendryx More than 1 year ago
A 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.
swimreadbreathe4JC More than 1 year ago
The 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. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
Freddikb More than 1 year ago
The enchantment continues, this time in a sweet wedding shop. Early 1930’s Cora Scott is breaking ground as a career woman, following in her great aunt’s 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 Heart’s 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 Cora’s and Haley’s 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 girl’s 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.*
MichelleKrim More than 1 year ago
Hauck is a master storyteller and expertly weaves her characters' lives into a moving story. Full of heart, The Wedding Shop exceeded my expectations and was difficult to put down. I really enjoyed the dual timeline, telling both the present day story of Haley and the historical tale of Cora, a previous owner of the Wedding Shop. I found myself very emotionally invested in their lives. Plot: In the present day, Haley Morgan finishes her military career and returns to her hometown to honor her friend Tammy's memory by fulfilling their childhood promise to re-open The Wedding Shop. Tammy's former fiancé , Cole Danner can either help or hinder her goal. As a contractor, Cole has the ability to help Haley restore the Wedding Shop, unless the town council accepts his bid to tear it down. Eighty years earlier, shop owner Cora Scott is helping brides find their dresses while waiting for her true love, a riverboat captain, to return as he promised. Local farmer, Birch Good is trying to show Cora that he's the man for her, but with Cora's heart already spoken for, he'll have a difficult time making her notice him. Characters: Haley and Cole are such broken characters. Haley's recovering from a bad relationship and Cole's afraid to admit the truth about his relationship with Tammy. Cora's trying to keep her hopes up as she continues to wait for her love to return, while the whole town starts viewing her as a spinster. Recommendation: I'd highly recommend this book to those who enjoy both historical and contemporary Inspirational Romance. It's a little more on the spiritual side, so I wouldn't recommend it to those who don't enjoy Christian Fiction. The Wedding Shop can stand alone Rating: 4/5 stars I received a copy of this book from the Thomas Nelson Fiction Guild. This review is my honest opinion.
Jennybug52 More than 1 year ago
5 stars- I loved this book. Rachel Hauck once again does such a great job of weaving a touching story that spans generations. Haley Morgan feels inexplicably drawn to the abandoned old wedding shop in town where she and her best friend Tammy used to play as kids. As the owner of The Wedding Shop, over the years Cora Scott helped countless women look beautiful on their wedding day. Generations apart, how do the stories of these two women have anything to do with each other? I enjoy reading Rachel’s books because I always know she is going to tell a compelling and well written story full of heart, emotion and meaningful life lessons. She also never fails to include just the right amount of sigh worthy romance. Plus, I enjoyed revisiting characters from some of Rachel’s other books, “The Wedding Dress” and “The Wedding Chapel”. They tied in beautifully with the story. I would highly recommend this book for a wonderful read. I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
annelr More than 1 year ago
The Wedding Shop by Rachel Hauck although third in a series with The Wedding Dress and The Wedding Chapel preceding this one, is easily a stand alone book. Cora and Haley are two of the main characters and readers follow their parallel lives through the connection of the wedding shop. Haley is the contemporary character and she is trying to fulfill a childhood dream, one she pinky promise shared with her best friend, to reopen the shop. Can she even buy the shop or will it be razed for a parking lot? Can she raise the money she needs? And just what is in the locked room? The author does a great job of keeping interest as she goes back and forth through time to tell the stories of Cora and Haley's and the men in their lives. The characters are strong and realistic, the story flows well with a few twists and turns and revelations of secrets long held. Faith in God to work thing out, forgiveness and restoration are key themes throughout the story. I look forward to reading the other books in this series. I borrowed a copy of the book from the public library.
AngelaBycroftNZ More than 1 year ago
There’s nothing like a book which takes two seemingly different stories and weaves them seamlessly together to create something truely special. Cora Scott inherits a bridal shop from her aunt and transforms into a renowned place all brides dream of patronising to ensure their special day is perfect. Cora meanwhile is convinced that her one true love will return from captaining a river boat any day now. But weeks turn to months and then even years and still little to no sign of him. Was his word really true? And might there be another opportunity at love far closer than she ever dreamed. Fast forward 80 odd years and we find former military woman Hayley Morgan and a dream to reopen the fabled bridal shop. But time has not been kind to the old shop which is now derelict and long forgotten. Can Haley’s dream really become a reality or are their secrets buried too deep to ever be discovered. This was such a magical tale - and both time periods worked a charm to carry the tale along. A real curl up and enjoy kind of book. Thanks again to the Fiction Guild for providing a complimentary copy for review - all opinions are my own.
jacksonmomLV More than 1 year ago
Alright, check the dates, I admit it - I pigged out and devoured this book in ONE day! Just couldn't put it down; it made a perfect companion on a cross-country flight. I was eager for this last installment in Hauck's series, and couldn't imagine it living up to the Wedding Dress and Wedding Chapel, but it did. Loved the intertwining love stories decades apart, but centered on the same address... the wedding shop of little Heart's Bend, Tennessee. Cora and Birch won my heart! The details so skillfully researched and off-handedly written made me feel I was right there in the 1930's. So relieved that both Cora and Haley ditched the frauds who pursued them, and found their true loves. One of my favorite quotes (and there were plenty) was from one of Cora's many clients who came out of the woodwork to support Haley when she wanted to refurbish the old wedding shop. Returning a now-vintage dress loaned to her mother decades earlier, Mrs. Peabody can see between Cole and Haley the sparks that neither of them wanted to acknowledge. When they protested that they were "friends, just friends," she replied, "Friends make the best lovers." My experience exactly! I received a copy of this book through the Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review - but I had already bought one myself, so consider that proof of my enthusiastic endorsement. This "story within a story" is a real treasure you won't want to miss.
Maari More than 1 year ago
Such a charming story!! This is #2 of the Heart's Bend series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone. This story shows us how the past and present are inter-connected. We are introduced to two seemingly vastly different ladies, from two different time periods, yet we find that they are more alike than we thought or could have imagined. It is such a beautiful story, but, let it be known that this is not simply a contemporary fiction novel, but is an inspirational novel, that is perhaps better suited within the Christian Fiction genre. This did not bother me at all, but may those who are not looking for that sort of read. Ms. Hauck has become one of my favorite Authors and her writing reminds me of Beverly Lewis and Karen Kingsbury. I will definitely be reading more from her and recommend that others do, as well!!
ACReads More than 1 year ago
The book overall was very charming and a fun read. I did feel like it took a while at the beginning setting up the story so I got distracted. But it picked up nicely.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
WOW! Another home run in this series. I love the dual time line, and Rachel Hauck does an excellent job. The characters are relevant and I love the historical aspect. I love when Haley told Cole about a woman preacher that said, "The problem," she said "is most people talk as if we will demand an account from a God one day. But the harsh reality is God will demand an account from us. He will owe us nothing but justice." What beautiful truths are in this book that make you think. I love the scene when Haley tries on a wedding gown in Charlotte's shop and what unfolds made me weep. Beautifully written and it reaches out and draws you in, so much so that you stay up way to late as you can't put it down. It leaves you thinking afterward of Cora, Birch, Haley, and Cole for days. This is a book that you will want to revisit. I was given a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild. The review and opinions are my own and was not required.
Yamma1212 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book! Rachel hit it out of the park, and the cover quote about reading late into the night was 100% accurate, even though I spent quite a bit of the book irritated at Cora. In the 1930s, Cora inherited her great aunt's wedding shop, and was known by the experience she offered her brides. She pampered brides and their families while she waited, year after year, for her true love to return to her. Birch Good was always there for her though, even when other men in her life weren't. Over Eighty years later, Air Force Captain Haley Morgan returns home to Heart's Bend, searching for the place she belongs. Fueled by a pinky promise, Haley decides to save the abandoned wedding shop from becoming a parking lot, and along the way, finds a new beginning. :Haley finds that she has much more in common with Cora than originally thought. The Wedding Shop makes references to Hauck's other titles, The Wedding Dress and The Wedding Chapel. I've read the Wedding Chapel, but not the Wedding Dress. Now, I want to go back and read it! Understanding the references to the Wedding Chapel enhanced the story in The Wedding Shop, but reading it before enjoying The Wedding Shop was absolutely not necessary. Hauck ties in the stories where they complete each other, but each is totally sufficient as a stand alone. Now, go get yourself a copy and read it! I hope you love it as much as I did! Thanks so much to Thomas Nelson for a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review, which I have provided. My opinion was in no way influenced by the publisher.
BookReviewerTG More than 1 year ago
Who doesn't love weddings? And when Rachel Hauck pens a story about a wedding one knows it will be a great read. Plus the book covers are so beautiful! Makes one just want to delve into the story! The Wedding Shop is "back and forth" story about Haley and Cora. Their stories are intertwined thought out 80 years and they both revolve around a wedding dress. Haley is a somewhat tired.worn out young woman just out of the Air Force. So, when she heads home to Heart's Bend, TN she decides to reopen the wedding shop. Now the shop is worn out and in need of repairs somewhat like Haley. The stories of Cora's romantic relationships and Haley's romantic relationships are somewhat "paralleled" in this story...that is the back and forth of the story. I, aslo, like this story because my name is in it...Tammy is the best friend of Haley and together they had a dream. A sweet story with lots of romance and dreams! *This book was provided for review by BookLook*