THE WEDDING SHOP

Rachel Hauck

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.

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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.

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  • Zondervan
  • Paperback
  • August 2016
  • 384 Pages
  • 9780310341543

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About Rachel Hauck

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.

Praise

In her third wedding romance, directly following The Wedding Chapel (2015), best-selling Hauck returns to Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, where the Wedding Shop occupies a palatial structure built in the late 1800s…. Hauck tells this spellbinding tale of love and independence in chapters that alternate between Cora and Haley, each a strong and fascinating character.Booklist, starred review

I adored The Wedding Shop! Rachel Hauck has created a tender, nostalgic story, weaving together two pairs of star-crossed lovers from the present and the past with the magical space that connects them. So full of heart and heartache and redemption, this book is one you’ll read long into the night, until the characters become your friends, and Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, your second hometown.”

—Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author

In The Wedding Shop, the storyline alternates between past and present, engrossing the reader in both timelines…. 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.” RT Book Reviews, 4-starred review

Hauck succeeds at blending similar themes across the time periods, grounding the plot twists in the main characters’ search for redemption and a reinvigoration of their wavering faith. In the third of her winsome wedding-themed standalone novels, Hauck focuses on the power of community to heal a broken heart.” —Publishers Weekly

Discussion Questions

The story opens with Haley as a girl, riding her bike on a summer day with her BFF. Do you have a fun girlhood memory to share? What did you love most about summer as a kid?

Haley’s mom required the family to set goals every New Year. Do you set goals? What’s the value of setting goals? How did setting goals ultimately impact Haley’s life?

We know the saying, “Love is blind.” That seems to be the case with Cora. Why do you think she loved Rufus so much? Why cling to him for so long? Have you been “love blind” before?

The Wedding Shop became a sort of anchor in Heart’s Bend, a desired destination for the young women. Is there such a place in your life or past? Maybe in your hometown?