The Wedding Shop

Hauck, Rachel. The Wedding Shop. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Having finished her time with the military, Haley Morgan returns home to Heart’s Bend, Tennessee. While pondering what direction God may want her to take, Haley visits the remains of The Wedding Shop, a former store building which she and her now deceased best friend, Tammy, pinky-swore they would reopen one day. Through perseverance, faith, confusion, promises, discovery and one very special person, Cole Danner, Haley discovers the connection and parallel lives with the former owner, Cora Scott. At the surprising intersection, Haley must make decisions regarding her future, her faith, her family and her heart…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Having read the previous two novels by author Rachel Hauck, The Wedding Dress and The Wedding Chapel, as well as The Royal Wedding Series, of course, I was going to read this one. With a well written novel, including a creative storyline, a faith-filled story, clean romance, and timeless characters, I enjoyed it as much as expected. Easily read yet with a deeper message, Rachel Hauck reminds us to follow our dreams and trust in God for His will.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Wedding Shop from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*

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Five Brides

Everson, Eva Marie.  Five Brides.  Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.  2015.

SUMMARY:
5bridesSet in Chicago, in the early 1950’s, five strongly independent women live separate but connected lives.  On a whim one afternoon, the five roommates try on and buy a conjoined wedding dress to be worn by each on her special day.   Though each in different spots, no boyfriends for any in sight, and each with a very unique story, the wedding dress may be the item that links them together forever…

PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Such a unique yet partially true story!  Based on the experience of one of the involved brides, liberties were taken (with permission) to fictionally fill-in the story.  Though I had a bit of trouble starting the book, the pace did quicken as the pages turned.  Five women, each with a special story, were well characterized and incorporated into this novel.  Though I did have my favorite character, I was curious how the stories would intertwine, with a common ending.  Written in a circle-style manner, perhaps the author, Eva Marie Everson, would consider continuing the story with the next generation?

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Five Brides from Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review*

A December Bride

Hunter, Denise. A December Bride. Zondervan. 2013.

SUMMARY:
decemberbrideLayla O’Reilly is trying to break into the interior design world but is stuck at Cappy’s Pizzeria for the moment. Needing to attend her ex-fiance’s wedding in a few hours, she accepts Seth Murphy’s invitation to accompany him even though she still blames him in part for her break-up. To make things even a bit crazier, Seth announces they are now engaged which causes Layla to decide if furthering her design career is worth the facade.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
A cute yet predictable novella, December Bride was an enjoyable read during a busy time of year. Part of the series, A Year of Weddings Novellas, I look forward to the next novella, starting with A January Bride. I plan on reading all of the stories in the series as there are several of my favorite authors included.

RATING:
3.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of A December Bride from Netgalley and Zondervan for my honest review*