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The Magic Room by Jeffrey Zaslow
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Jan 01, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: recommended

Jeffrey Zaslow, author of The Girls From Ames, another book about a bunch of women. The Girls From AMes focused on a friendship among 19 women and it was hard to follow all of their stories and their interconnectedness. This book focuses largely on the owner of a family bridal shop in the midwest, Shelly, and her struggles with her own marriage, running a business that has been in her family for 4 generations, and her conflicted feelings about whether she wants to hold her own daughter close to work in the shop or hope she follows a different dream. It also tells the stories taof about five brides, each tackled in two separate chapters. The brides' stories are diverse and range from a bride who lost her mother, a bride seriously injured after the engagement, a Baptist girl and her sisters determined not to even kiss their spouses until the wedding, a second marriage after the death of a spouse and the impact on her children who are still missing their father, and the story of an older first-time bride. This book was a little schmaltzy as compared to his prior book, but much easier to follow given the fewer number of characters. I enjoyed it very much.

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