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.
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