The Wedding Shop by Rachel HauckThe Wedding Shop by Rachel Hauck

The Wedding Shop

byRachel Hauck

Paperback | August 16, 2016

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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. 

Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and two pets and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at rachelhauck.co...
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Title:The Wedding ShopFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.4 × 5.5 × 1.02 inPublished:August 16, 2016Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:031034154X

ISBN - 13:9780310341543

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Tale of God's Perfect Timing A tale of God's perfect timing that spans the ages. *** She's done it again. I don't know what kind of magical mojo Rachel Hauck weaves into her stories but they get me right in the feels every time. Every. Time. Yes, I spent a good portion of this book crying...In a reflective, happy, sad, mixed-emotions and feelings kind of way. I'm pretty sure not everyone will be affected in this way, but somehow this book hit me right in a soft spot and pressed in. Deeper and deeper. This book--and the characters journey--reminded me that God is powerful, influential, and working in this world (yes, even though it is a fictional book). It's one of the many things I admire about Rachel's writing - her ability to gently remind us of the fact that God is a BIG God and capable of doing amazing things. He's a God of miracles. I remember one line hit me especially where Haley says, "...but I'm not going to let a little thing like money stand in my way." What truth! And what a great theme--considering the fact that God's will is bigger than money or our ability to plan things out (but I digress). This story, like The Wedding Dress and The Wedding Chapel, is "dual time" encompassing a story from history with the present. I'm not a huge fan of this in general, but the stories have really grown on me. If I were to choose which story I liked best between Cora Scott and Haley Morgan I'm not sure that I could pick. Both were well thought out, developed, and enticing in their own right. Haley reminded me a lot of myself - not exactly in personality, but at the core of who she is and what she focused on in this book. Her devotion to opening The Wedding Shop and her appreciation for its history is also something that resonates deep in me. I love history and want to see it cherished and preserved. I loved Cora's character and storyline, though I was frustrated with her at times for being "blind". Then again, aren't we all blind to things we don't want to see sometimes? And the ending. *sigh* I won't share much here other than the fact that I was at around 50% one night and finished the rest of the book (staying up until 2 am) just to see what happened. And I loved it! If you like present day romance, historical romance, or (like this book) a combination, you are going to love this book! It gives you the best of both worlds and a woven story that will pull you through until the end and have you rooting for The Wedding Shop. ______________ I received this book for free but was under no obligation to post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Wedding Shop I love the pattern of redemption Rachel Hauck establishes through her books. This book carried out as beautifully as any other. I love the story, I love the characters, I love their growth.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a hope, and a vision Tuesday, September 6, 2016 The Wedding Shop by Rachel Hauck, © 2016 The Acknowledgments! I absolutely loved the Acknowledgments. This author's heart extends past her story in reference to those who helped her along the way. Research in unexpected places. The joining of two generations; three actually. The far past bringing a dream in a little girl's heart; the present, standing on what she believed, knowing assuredly what sparked within, not being detoured by what her own mother's heart held at the time. For we do stand with our own path before us. Jeremiah 29:11-14 ~ ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. ‘Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. ‘You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. ‘I will be found by you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.’ vintage bride ...: A dream come true. A little girl envisioning her knight in shining armor coming to whisk her off into the sunset to a land full of promise and lack of gray skies, at least weathered together as she becomes a young woman and continues on her path. Joining together into a oneness drawn separate from recognizing a beau in sight as she leans to the Lord in understanding and hope. Discouragement comes when she tries to start down the path alone ~ all heeding set apart, "I can do it myself." The parallel of the Depression era and the nowaday shop owner brings this story alive. Each generation is the same in having to decide each day in the accumulation of their life. Written between two women's lives, this story engages both so well. I especially liked the 1930s part of the story highlighting the current age like a continuance. The two women would have been good friends! I liked how others came around to help. There was no disparity in motive, each being open to what their heart held. I loved this story! So heartfelt by each of them in believing in what they were doing while fulfilling dreams for others as well as themselves, unknowingly. The author's backstory and Pinterest photos weave into this story. A place to gather; mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, and cousins. A generational burst of love and care for each other. This story is true for today. Friends being a special part of continuing life together. Encouragement and coming alongside; not isolated from each other, but retaining memories and futures alive with hope and acceptance. Shoring up, building together in strength. Upholding dreams that live on, healing that can come to open hearts. Tenderness bursting forth into newness available to change those near and forthcoming ~ a lifetime of continuance! Live your story. ***Rachel Hauck, thank you for authoring this beautiful story; and to BookLook Bloggers for inviting me along, sending me a review copy of The Wedding Shop. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Date published: 2016-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely novel! The Wedding Shop by Rachel Hauck tells the story of Haley Morgan and Cora Beth Scott. Haley Morgan has returned to Heart’s Bend, Tennessee where she grew up. Haley has resigned from the Air Force and needs to decide what to do next. When Haley finds out that The Wedding Shop is going to be torn down for a parking lot, Haley decides it is time to make an old dream come true. When Haley was younger, she dreamed of reopening this shop with her friend, Tammy. Tammy, unfortunately, passed away recently. Haley decides this is a way to save the building and honor her friend. Cole Danner was Tammy’s fiancé (she died before their wedding). Cole runs Danner Construction and is just the right person to help Haley. Haley has to convince the city to let her have the building (instead of selling it to the developers). But that is just the beginning! Cora Beth Scott ran The Wedding Shop after the death of her Aunt Jane. Cora was in her element at the shop. But Cora had a weak spot named Rufus St. Claire, a riverboat captain. Cora was convinced he loved her and was waiting for Rufus to earn enough money so they could settle down. Birch Good was in love with Cora, and he was waiting for her to realize the Rufus was a no good scoundrel. What will it take to open Cora’s eyes? Join Haley as she remodels The Wedding Shop, discovers the shops history as well as Cora’s, and starts a new chapter in her life. The Wedding Shop was a very good book. It is well-written and captured my attention right away. I liked how the author tied everything together. It is such a charming story that is easy to read. The Wedding Shop had a nice small town setting (Heart’s Bend, Tennessee), good characters that a reader can relate too, and an interesting tale. I enjoyed the descriptions of the shop and the beautiful clothes (especially the vintage wedding dresses). Rachel Hauck put some great lessons or messages into The Wedding Shop. The importance of listening to God, the power of prayer, and knowing that God has a plan for your life (it may not be what you have in mind). I give The Wedding Shop 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). I did find Cora to be a little too naïve (very gullible). Cora seemed to view Rufus through rose colored glasses, but it did fit into the storyline. I like Rachel Hauck’s writing, and I will definitely read her novels in the future. I received a complimentary copy of The Wedding Shop in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.
Date published: 2016-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Overcoming brings joy When life derails your plans, how you create a new path to a fulfilling life is the underlying message in this story of three women; Jane Scott of 1880s, Cora Scott of 1930s, Haley Morgan of 2014, and their link to The Wedding Shop of Heart's Bend Tennessee. Jane's solution to leaving the fashion industries in Paris and Milan when she returns home when her mother needs her is to create a wedding shop where women from the surrounding countryside can purchase high fashion wedding gowns, their trousseau and entire women's bridal party attire. When Cora inherits the shop from her Aunt Jane, Cora's commitment to give every bride the experience of a beautiful wedding gown regardless of funds brings joy to the community in spite of Cora's unwed state and amidst family turmoil. In 1996, two 10 yr. old girls, Tammy Eason & Haley Morgan, use the empty shop as their playhouse, making a pinky promise to restore the Wedding Shop when they grow up. In 2014; Tammy dies before her wedding to Cole Danner, the heart throb crush of both young girls, Haley has returned to Heart's Bend after serving in Bagram as Air Force Captain Morgan and a failed wild affair with a married man. Haley is determined to restore the Wedding Shop and keep her promise to Tammy. Getting Cole Danner to be her restoration contractor is a challenge when a big developer offers Cole an amazing job to side with them and tear down the old shop to make way for parking for their latest mall project. Haley's journey to rebuilt The Wedding Shop is a leap of faith as Cora's brides begin to arrive at the shop with their stories and donations. Haley's forgiving herself from her past mistakes so she can accept God's forgiveness is a struggle she must win to open her heart and become a bride. An uplifting romance where flawed heroines overcome their circumstances. I received a copy of this book through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2016-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Decades A story that spans decades but becomes so intertwined you won’t see it coming, and it circles around a Wedding Shop. While the modern want to be owner, Haley Morgan, has had a vision for this abandoned shop since she was ten years old, the former owner, Cora Scott, was the recipient of the shop from her Aunt Jane. There are parallel love affairs, and you never see the comparisons of these lives, and then they drop a real bombshell on you and it will blow you away. We work through the deep depression and the crash of 1929, and then in the modern time, greed and blackmail. We also meet back up with Charlotte and the rather magic dress, and again how much these women have in common. A really great hard to put down read, and I really didn’t want it to end, I wanted some more answers. I received this book through the Publisher Zondervan, and was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2016-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Decades A story that spans decades but becomes so intertwined you won’t see it coming, and it circles around a Wedding Shop. While the modern want to be owner, Haley Morgan, has had a vision for this abandoned shop since she was ten years old, the former owner, Cora Scott, was the recipient of the shop from her Aunt Jane. There are parallel love affairs, and you never see the comparisons of these lives, and then they drop a real bombshell on you and it will blow you away. We work through the deep depression and the crash of 1929, and then in the modern time, greed and blackmail. We also meet back up with Charlotte and the rather magic dress, and again how much these women have in common. A really great hard to put down read, and I really didn’t want it to end, I wanted some more answers. I received this book through the Publisher Zondervan, and was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2016-08-16

Editorial Reviews

4 stars. 'In The Wedding Shop, the storyline alternates between past and present, engrossing the reader in both timelines. There are certain elements that are more obvious to the reader than to the characters, and it can get slightly frustrating waiting for the characters to get a clue. However, this is short lived, and the ways that God's provision is shown is heartwarming and can even increase the reader's faith. The weaving in of characters and plot points from The Wedding Dress and The Wedding Chapel adds depth and meaning to the gorgeously rendered tale.'