I enjoy well written stories where there is a past story line and a present story line that draws together toward the finale and moves into the future. Rachel Hauck’s The Wedding Shoppe captures the struggles of Cora, who inherited her aunt Jane’s wedding shop in the early 1900’s, but struggled to find love and marriage herself. Then there is present day Haley, who as a child dreams of reopening the dilapidated old wedding shop with her best friend, Tammy. After college and military training, Haley returns to grieve the loss of her friend, longing to start over after an atrocious relationship left her heart weary and broken. What they both find is that faith and relationships are what gives quality to life and the old wedding shop is full of stories about family, faith, and the love that can endure a lifetime…and beyond! This is a lovely story with memorable characters; some which have appeared in past books. However, don’t be alarmed. This story does not require reading the previous books, but it will make you want to read The Wedding Dress and The Wedding Chapel after you finish, and if you are a bride, you’ll relive the special moments of your own special day. I can see Ms. Hauck being an author that I will want to binge read when I have a few days to myself!