About the book:
Two women separated by decades. Both set out to help others find their dreams when their own have crumbled.
It’s the 1930s, and Cora is taking the reins at her family’s wedding shop in Heart’s Bend, Tennessee. Brides come from far away to be doted on by Cora and her family while they find the perfect wedding dress. Meanwhile, Cora has found her true love, Rufus, a riverboat captain. Cora counts the days until his return from the river, and she continues to wait for him as days turn into months and months turn into years. When he finally returns, she receives the shock of a lifetime: he is married to another. Nursing her heartbreak, she must find a way to continue pouring her heart into the hopes and dreams of the brides who visit her shop, all while wondering if she will ever find true love or if it has passed her by.
In present day, Haley has finished her time as a soldier, and suffering from PTSD, wants nothing to do with the heartbreak of this world. She sets off for Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, and in order to honor the memory of a fallen friend, she takes on the task of reopening an abandoned and long-forgotten wedding shop. Perhaps through helping others, she can forget the pain and disappointment in her own life.
Haley isn’t looking for love, but when her friend’s former fiancé becomes involved in the shop’s renovations, they both find that healing and restoration can perhaps happen in their lives too.
This is my absolute favorite book by Rachel Hauck. The characters are wonderful and the storyline held my attention throughout. Cora was my favorite character and I looked forward to when the dual time periods and story focused on her and her family. Her love for her wedding shop and the brides to be added such style and grace in my opinion.
Haley has loved the Wedding Shop since she and her friend played in the abandoned building as children. When she returns home to River Bend, she needs to decide what she wants to do with her life. I liked Haley so much, but I found I liked her even more when she begins spending time with Cole, a friend from her childhood. They had a special bond that added depth to their relationship.
Cora and Haley are from different time periods, but the two of them have a common bond which makes their stories so interesting and endearing. They both have an inner strength and courage to make the changes needed to make their lives full and happy. Their families play an important role in each of the women’s lives.
I loved the town of River Bend and its residents, especially Birch Good. Birch is a steady and loyal friend to Cora and he’s such an amazing character, that he felt real to me.
I gave The Wedding Shop 5 stars and recommend this book to both young and older readers.
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