About 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 1930s, and Cora is taking the reins at her family’s wedding shop in Heart’s Bend, Tennessee. Brides come from far away to be doted on by Cora and her family while they find the perfect wedding dress. Meanwhile, Cora has found her true love, Rufus, a riverboat captain. Cora counts the days until his return from the river, and she continues to wait for him as days turn into months and months turn into years. When he finally returns, she receives the shock of a lifetime: he is married to another. Nursing her heartbreak, she must find a way to continue pouring her heart into the hopes and dreams of the brides who visit her shop, all while wondering if she will ever find true love or if it has passed her by.
In present day, Haley has finished her time as a soldier, and suffering from PTSD, wants nothing to do with the heartbreak of this world. She sets off for Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, and in order to honor the memory of a fallen friend, she takes on the task of reopening an abandoned and long-forgotten wedding shop. Perhaps through helping others, she can forget the pain and disappointment in her own life.
Haley isn’t looking for love, but when her friend’s former fiancé becomes involved in the shop’s renovations, they both find that healing and restoration can perhaps happen in their lives too.
The premise of this book is quite lovely. The story is told from the viewpoint of multiple characters, which sometimes I can find a bit lazy on the part of an author, but it is fairly well done here. I found myself speed reading through most characters to Cora’s sections – the description of Cora’s lifestyle in the 30s is quite exquisite, and her story for me was by far the most compelling. This is a Christian novel, but other than some over-utilization of a white wedding gown as a metaphor, it wasn’t too in your face. This is a fun, quick romantic read, perfect for a cold lazy Sunday in the winter or a beach day in the summer. It’s romantic, fun, and wholesome, so you definitely don’t need to worry about picking up The Wedding Shop as a present for mom on Mother’s Day!
You can purchase The Wedding Shop on Amazon.