Publisher's Note:  

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

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.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Zondervan

The Wedding Shop

by Rachel Hauck

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Overall Review:  

Rachel Hauck has penned a sequel to The Wedding Dress and The Wedding Chapel.  It is a standalone book entitled The Wedding Shop. The characters from the previous stories are mentioned, but there is no need to have read the earlier books to follow this story.

The message behind this book is a good one.  Namely that of people being forgiven of past mistakes and moving forward in life.  Hauck even manages to add a few zingers into the plot.  In fact, the alternative plot that seems to be playing out in the story could have been just as powerful as the one with which the novel concluded.  This is an interesting point to ponder.

The one part of this story which caused a great deal of irritation is the way in which the author jumps between the stories of the two women.  It feels disjointed and choppy.  Had the author told most of the story of each woman separately and allowed the reader to draw the parallels, it would have been more powerful.  As it was, every time the was drawn into a character's story, it was cut short by an abrupt jump to the other story.

Romantics will enjoy the double story and history buffs will like the depression era depictions. 

Review of a Digital Advance Reader's Copy

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  None 

Violence/Gore:  Two references to a child punching another child; characters threaten to bodily harm other characters. 

Sex/Nudity:  References to making love, sewing wild oats, promiscuity, almost losing one's virginity and literally charming the pants off of someone; sex is mentioned once; one character suggests another is a harlot; report of married man courting a female; report of a character having slept with a married man; non-married characters kiss passionately, hold hands and embrace.

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Death of a friend, adultery, divorce.

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Report that a character was drunk; report of a college student drinking; woman is drinking a glass of wine.

Reviewed By Susan
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