I recently read The Wedding Shop by Rachel Hauck and wanted to share my thoughts on the book with you.
This book tells the story of two different women. One woman, Cora, lives in the 1930s and runs an esteemed wedding shop in Tennessee. Brides from miles around flock to this shop because it is simply the best. Cora hopes that one day she will be the bride, and she is certain that the captain she has been seeing will be her groom. But he is the captain of a river boat, and she only gets to see him when he happens to be in town. Often they go months without seeing one another. Meanwhile, her good friend is there by her side, when her beau is not.
Present day, Haley, who is a former Air Force Captain, has returned to her home town in Tennessee. Her best friend recently passed away, and Haley also went through a bad break up. These two events have caused Haley to feel a bit lost. To everyone’s dismay, Haley decides to reopen the old wedding shop.
This book was such a treasure to read. I really enjoyed the way the author intertwined to the two stories and the two eras. And the book had a lot of twists which kept me on the edge of my seat, waiting to see the outcome for the main characters.
I enjoy books that can take us away from the troubles of daily life for a bit. But on the other hand, I also appreciate it when those books make us ponder real life. Hopefully this can then help us learn a few valuable lessons along the way. This book had both aspects that I was looking for – a light, easy read which also made me think. Through this book we consider the fact that anyone is susceptible to sin. Sometimes it is knowingly, and sometimes we are naive to all the circumstances. When we realize this, it helps us to not be so quick to judge others. This book also touches on forgiveness of others and ourselves, the grace of God, and extending mercy to those around us. In the world we live in where everyone seems to be angry about something, I think we all could use a bit more forgiveness, grace, and mercy.
I definitely enjoyed and recommend this book. It was both entertaining and enlightening. Happy Reading!