Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Rachel Hauck: The Wedding Shop

By Kelly Bridgewater

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.

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My Review:

I enjoy reading Rachel Hauck's contemporary romances because they always hit at the heart for me. I don't know why, but her stories have a romance thread, but they also feature a lesson that I need at the moment I read her novels. I enjoyed The Wedding Dress and The Wedding Chapel, so I couldn't wait to see what she did with The Wedding Shop.

I really liked The Wedding Dress for its different timelines. I am really glad to see it come back in The Wedding Shop. I never got confused because Hauck titled the chapter or segments with the POV I was supposed to be in, so after a couple of chapters, I knew the time periods pretty well with their names.

Cora from the 1930- 1980's and Haley in present time had stories that paralleled each other. Their stories were gut wrenching, but both of them needed forgiveness and healing from the past in order to seek and enjoy the love that the Lord had prepared for them. I don't enjoy romances that happen too fast, but in all three of these novels, Hauck allows each of the women to be pursued by men who will love them. Just like a women should be pursued by a man. The romance was just right.

The novel's pace moved at a good clip. The conflict from remodeling The Wedding Shop for Haley and watching Cora struggle with life and dealing with The Great Depression tied nicely together. I had a hard time putting the novel down. I wanted to see what happened with both women's lives. Hauck does bring back the modern day characters from The Wedding Dress and The Wedding Chapel, which was nice to see them again.

The Wedding Shop is a original story that I really enjoyed reading. All three of these novels will go together on my bookshelf. Maybe I'll sit down and read them in order next time.

With lace and tulle, Rachel Hauck's latest installment The Wedding Shop was an original story that parallel two women's lives while they had to learn about forgiveness and healing. I highly recommend this book to fans of romance. 

I received a complimentary copy of The Wedding Shop from Zondervan Publishing and the opinions stated are all my own. 

My Rating:  4.5 out of 5 Stars

Why or why do you no enjoy romances with different time periods in the same novel? Is it confusing? Hard to follow? Like seeing a story with two different POV's?

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