I loved the concept of this entire series – the split timeline, the subtle romance, the intriguing plot twists. It’s unlike anything else I’ve read and I love discovering books like that! As I read along, I kept wishing I could step into the quaint wedding shop myself and talk with Cora or give a helping hand to Haley. These women inspired me with their grit, determination, and their vision.
There’s a strong connection of legacy in each of these books. I enjoyed how the author wove the historical piece into the present and found myself surprised up to the very end. It was a beautiful journey from start to finish.
Real life is painted into these characters and their struggles, allowing all kinds of readers to relate. Among my favorite characters in this story, Birch and Cole really stole the show for me. These men have a levelheadedness about them, and an inner strength too, that left me grateful for their presence in the story. Each in their separate time, they stood as a hero in the background, supporting our leading ladies with honesty and friendship. Watching their relationships with our heroines unfold was sweetly written. Such a good story!
I received a free copy from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan’s Fiction Guild. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.
Rachel Hauck is a USA Today Best Selling, and award-winning author of critically acclaimed novels such as The Wedding Dress, Love Starts with Elle, and Once Upon A Prince.
She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel, Softly and Tenderly, one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals.
A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Rachel worked in the corporate software world before planting her backside in an uncomfortable chair to write full-time in 2004.
She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship at their annual conference. She is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker.
Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets, and writes from her two-story tower in an exceedingly more comfy chair. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan. Visit her at www.rachelhauck.com