Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
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.
I think I decided that this wedding series should be one that doesn’t end. I was thinking maybe a caterer should be in the next series. They could start a catering company that has ties to the past. That said, that is how much I enjoyed this book. The previous books tie in a bit with this one, so you will want to read them in order, but you will not be lost if you do not.
I loved Cora’s story. She was so real, and you could totally see her as real. I felt like I was in the wedding shop. Rachel, once again, gives you the realization of flawed characters with mistakes in their past and healing from that past. The hope portrayed in these pages will warm your heart as you read. This book is both light and in depth. It is one that will have you thinking.
You can buy it here for $9.31 for paperback.