The Wedding ShopRachel Hauck
Finished with military service, former soldier Haley needs to regroup---so when she gets the chance to reopen her hometown's wedding shop, she takes it. Hoping to leave the past behind, she begins catering to a young generation of brides. But will the memoirs of the shop's p... Read More
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Aug 16, 2016
- UPC: 9780310341543
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 352
- Publish Date: Aug 16, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042040"
- ISBN: 031034154X
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- Nothing New Under the Sun? by Becky on 10/17/2016
Two women's stories of love and loss are separated by decades, yet an abandoned building in Heart's Bend unites them both. Cora Scott is a business owner, an unusual position to have in a small southern town in the 1930's. Haley Morgan, living in today's time period, has been an over-achiever all her life. That has given her the drive to finish college, join the military, and become an officer before retiring to her hometown.
Smart in business and passionately in love with a sea captain, Cora doesn't understand why his promises of marriage never materialize. As the years pass, a local farmer, Birch Good, continues to try to win her heart despite her discouragement. When the Great Depression hits, Cora loses more than money. She is betrayed by both love and family as well.
Haley has reached all the life-goals she has gone after, except one--romance. She has had love, but it came at a cost she never thought she would have to pay. What she did for that love changed her into someone she couldn't stand. The death of her best friend, Tammy, was the catalyst that brought her home. Now she hopes to redeem herself by keeping the childhood promise she made to Tammy.
Haley plans to re-open the wedding shop that once made Heart's Bend famous throughout the South. That is when her trouble really begins. From locking horns with a corporation that wants the property for a parking lot, to an unethical city employee who holds her permits "hostage," to dealing with her mother's animosity towards the project, Haley has her work cut out for her. Additionally, the building is falling apart around her.
Will Haley be able to be successful despite all of the people fighting against her? Will Cora ever give Birch a chance, or will he tire of waiting, and find someone else? Will either woman be able to put past hurts aside, and move on to a better life?
Both women's stories in this book will pull you in, and tug at your heart. I especially liked Cora's tale because it was set in a by-gone period, and the author really brought that era to life. It had lots of twists and turns and didn't end the way I thought--and I liked that! Both Cora and Haley face some of the same disappointments in life, and it was interesting to see how they handled that in their separate time periods. I always appreciate when a story, like this one, is written from a Christian perspective. The Wedding Shop is the second installment in The Heart's Bend Series, but this story stands on its own. This 5 plus star book is highly recommended to anyone who enjoys romances, historical stories or well-written fiction.
Zondervan Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The Wedding Shop, for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
- Loved this book and the message in it by Seasons of Opportunities on 9/15/2016
Oh my Soul!! This book was such a hit with me!
Haley, successful, done-it-all-and-more type woman, finally returns to her hometown of Hearts Bend. Life has dealt her some serious blows and she is not sure where to go from here. Her mother, an over achiever demands "new years goals" from all family members annually, a childhood tradition. But this new year, Haley has no idea where her life is headed.
As a kid, Haley and best friend Tammy, played in the old abandoned wedding shop in town. Together they vowed to one day restore the shop and run it. As memories come to life, so does Haley. Her goal - restore the wedding shop! But it's not going to be easy. Many obstacles stand in the way. With the cards stacked against her will she be able to fulfill her childhood dream and also find restoration for her soul?
This story gripped me from the beginning. Maybe because I'm a seamstress and have dreamt of owning a shop? Maybe because I have struggled with heartache and the heartache in this book is raw and real? Maybe the message was one I needed to hear? This is a beautiful emotional story of love, forgiveness, endurance, faithfulness and grace, that will hold you captive til the very end and likely even surprise you.
Rachel draws you in as she alternates the tale between modern day Haley and past wedding shop owner Cora. I tried to stick to the back and forth theme, but occasionally, I just had to read ahead a few chapters, then backtrack and read the other woman's story. The romance, faith, and love in this book is astounding and the message is clear and incredible. If there were more than five stars to give, this book would get them from me!
I read the first book in this series, The Wedding Dress, several years ago. Although the stories tie together some, one can be read without the other, but it is pretty awesome if you have read the first one already. There is one more book in connection with the series, The Wedding Chapel, which I have not read, but aim to read soon.
This book was provided for me courtesy of the booklook blogging group in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to review this book positively.
- This is a beautifully written book, it drew me into the story. by Aussiegirl on 9/13/2016
The Wedding Shop
I love the cover of the wedding dress in the window.
We’ve all had a Rufus and Birch or a Dax and Cole in our lives, guess if we knew in advance what they were like we’d know exactly whom to pick the first time and not waste all those years waiting on the wrong person.
As Rachel is weaving a beautiful tapestry of years gone by of the 1930’s with Cora and with the years of 1900’s with Haley we’ll see the tapestry take on a life of sadness and heart ache, dishonesty and then as God comes to their rescue you’ll see a beautiful tapestry of all that blended together with the heart ache in with richness of God’s presence of hope, change and blessings.
So as you travel the journey with Cora in 1930’s waiting for the love of her life, Capitan Rufus on the river boat to come back and make her his wife, and then with Haley in the years in 1900’s dealing with her time in the air force, the lost of a dear friend. Haley comes home to start a new life and keep a promise she and her friend Tammy made when they played in an old wedding shop when they were 10 years old, so as they left the wedding shop in the year 1996 they made a pinky promise and a dream they wanted to come true, of opening the wedding shop up once again. Two good friends and a dream they shared when they were so very young. So as Haley reached home with a heavy heart, no trust the one thing she kept alive was the dream and promise Tammy and Haley had as young friends. So Haley knew she wanted to keep her promise, this was also the only way Haley felt she could keep her friends name alive.
So as your journey ends between the years gone by and 1900’s you’ll see the tapestry being finished and woven into beauty of love, forgiveness and happiness.
I recommend this book highly it truly is a master piece.
I received this book free for an honest review from book look. I was not required to write a positive review just an honest one. The opinions I have expressed are entirely my own and no one else’s.
- a hope, and a vision by Kathleen E. on 9/6/2016
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.***
- The Wedding Shop by kp on 8/28/2016
The latest book by Rachel Hauck is entitled The Wedding Shop. This book tells the tales of two women from the town of Heart's Bend, Tennessee. The first woman, Cora Scott, lived here in the 1930's; whereas, the second woman, Haley Morgan, has recently returned to her hometown of Heart's Bend. Both of these women have a connection to the renowned Wedding Shop that graces the streets of this town. Hold on to learn what else connects these two women from two very different times in our history!
You watch Cora as she chases after a ship's captain, Rufus St. Claire, a man who is not willing to commit to her in marriage. All the while you see Birch Good, waiting by the side to see if Cora will ever look his way! Next, you observe Haley as she attempts to rebuild her life, after a bad relationship has crushed her spirit. Soon Haley decides to rebuild the town's famous wedding shop, in her attempt to leave a positive mark in this world. Haley takes on this task with the help of Cole Danner, a friend from the past. You soon begin to wonder what direction this friendship will eventually take. As you travel with these two women, they each encounter a difficult road that God has set before them!
This read was a bit difficult as you constantly jump from the past to the present; however, you will be excited to discover the truth of what actually connects these two women on the final pages of this book!
I received this book from Zondervan in exchange for my unbiased review.
- Return to Heart's Bend, Tennessee: Where Yesterday and Today Connect by Suzie on 8/23/2016
Have you ever wanted to get away? Leave the past behind—your heartbreaks, your hurts, your mistakes—and start fresh? Find the person God meant you to become?
As a resident of the Volunteer state, I love reading books where authors have used Tennessee as their setting (even when the towns are fictional). Rachel Hauck’s readers are welcomed back to the town of Heart’s Bend, Tennessee in The Wedding Shop (a town introduced in The Wedding Chapel—which gets a few mentions in Hauck’s newest release).
Cora Scott’s story, which begins 85-years earlier, parallels Haley Morgan’s own journey so well in this book. And while it took me a little longer to connect with Cora, Haley captured my interest immediately. These two strong and independent women believe they’ve found love only to discover true love goes so much deeper, touches and changes the heart so much more when they let go of their fear of being burned again and open themselves up to the right man.
As Haley restores Cora’s wedding shop to its former glory, truths come to light and God restores relationships and souls in the lives of those around her.
The tie-in to Hauck’s New York Times best-selling The Wedding Dress is effortless (it’s been a few years since I’ve read that book, but I remember Charlotte and the trunk she bid on at an auction).
***Zondervan Fiction provided me with a complimentary digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.
- Lovely, Christian novel! by Kristina Anderson, The Avid Reader on 8/22/2016
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.