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The Wedding Shop by Rachel Hauck

When childhood best friends, Tammy and Haley were ten years old they vowed to reopen the wedding shop in their hometown of Heart's Bend, Tennessee. Those plans are put on hold when Haley joins the Airforce and Tammy passes away from cancer. 
    The second proprietor of the shop was Cora Scott in the 1930's who took over for her Aunt Jane who originally opened the store. The wedding shop tells the story of both women whose lives are intertwined together in ways Haley could never have guessed. 
     I've become quite the fan of Rachel Hauck's books over the past several years. Her stories are charming and sweet. They are filled with present and past struggles that run on parallel courses. I've found once I get into the stories I don't want to put them down. If you're looking for something to read I recommend this or one of Hauck's other books like The Wedding Dress.
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Hi, Sweetums! I should warn you that I'm about to gush!

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