Books For Mom – Review of The Wedding Shop by Rachel Hauck

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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.

My Review

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.  


  1. Annemarie LeBlanc says

    This looks like a really interesting book. Two different characters, two different time periods all focused on one place – the wedding shop. This is going to be one fantastic read. I’m getting a copy to add to my reading list this quarter.

  2. says

    This would be a good book to read for the summer. Reading is one of our regular activity when the kids are off from school so I need some books for me too.

  3. My Teen Guide says

    Wow. I like the way the plot of the story sounds. I am going to look for this and read it as soon as I have it in my hands. It does look like a very interesting book.

  4. Pam says

    This sounds like a really interesting book. I always find it kind of neat when books use split perspectives.

  5. Ayushi Arora says

    Oh! So, I am going to go for this book and read it myself. I love those books where you are not just into one genre like action, thriller or just romance, as advised a wholesome movie, would love to go for this book.

  6. says

    Having multiple perspective through different characters is a bit of a challenge. It would be nice to see how this perspectives intertwined in the story.

  7. says

    This sounds like a book I would enjoy especially that it’s a Christian book. Settings in the 30’s are always fun. Sounds like a good book for summer reading.

  8. robin rue says

    That sounds like a book I would really like! I am going to add it to my summer beach reading list for sure!

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