The Wedding Shop by Rachel Hauck is a mysterious historical story within a story.
I love historical fiction. Sometimes, I do want a sappy love story to just lose myself in. This novel has two – a modern one and a flashback to an earlier time, during the Great Depression. And wouldn’t you know it – they’re all connected.
I started out a little disappointed in the writing. The plot was fine, moving along, though predictable. There were some editing issues and I had trouble with some modifiers, rereading several sentences to make sense of them.
More than halfway through, there are some fun surprises – twists and turns that are delightful and unexpected.
I was a little put off by the kissing scenes. They made me roll my eyes a bit.
The dialogue was stilted in many places, full of exaggerated Southern euphemisms and clichés.
I felt the ending was rushed, missing out important resolutions that left me wondering and could have easily been wrapped up with a few more pages of dialogue.
Overall, the book was interesting and offered hope, redemption, forgiveness. I look forward to the others in the series.
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.
About the Author:
Rachel Hauck is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author.
A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Rachel and her husband live in central Florida. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.
Visit her at www.rachelhauck.com or www.facebook.com/rachelhauck