The Magic Room by Jeffrey Zaslow
Publisher: Penguin (December 27 2011)
Source: Publisher via Blogher
Formats Available: Hardcover, Kindle, Audio
Format Read: ARC
Synopsis from Goodreads: You may not have heard of Fowler, Michigan, much less Becker’s Bridal. But for the thousands of women who have stepped inside, Becker’s is the site of some of the most important moments of their lives-moments that speak to us all. Housed in a former bank, the boutique owners transformed the vault into a “magic room,” with soft church lighting, a circular pedestal, and mirrors that make lifelong dreams come true.
Illuminating the poignant aspects of a woman’s journey to the altar, The Magic Room tells the stories of memorable women on the brink of commitment. Run by the same family for years, Becker’s has witnessed transformations in how America views the institution of marriage; some of the shop’s clientele are becoming stepmothers, or starting married life for a second time. In The Girls from Ames, beloved author Jeffrey Zaslow used friendships to explore the emotional lives of women. In The Magic Room, he turns his perceptive eye to weddings and weaves together secrets, memories and family tales to explore the hopes and dreams we have for our daughters.
My thoughts: I signed on to review The Magic Room because I was feeling nostalgic about my own wedding that took place nearly five years ago. I recalled the giddiness that I felt when I called my parents to tell them I’d gotten engaged. I thought about what it was like to head into the bridal shop with my mom and sister. That feeling I got when I knew that the dress I’d tried on was “the one”.
These were the stories that I was anticipating when I picked up The Magic Room. I was looking for the romance and magic that surrounds planning the wedding, sharing the love you have with your significant other to the world. The conversations that transpire between a father and daughter as they prepare for the big day. I was looking for more emotion.
This is not to say that the book was completely without emotion. Zaslow told some great stories about the strength and perseverance of the various brides, of what they went through to get to the altar, but even then, I guess I was looking for a bit more.
The Magic Room is as much about the Becker’s and their bridal shop as it is about the brides that it highlights. I can appreciate the trials and tribulations of a small business in a small town, especially one that is so specialized. That just wasn’t what I was looking for when I picked up The Magic Room.
Zaslow was a new to me author. I remember reading rave reviews of The Girls From Ames and adding it to my TBR list (it’s still there). In time I may still give it a try even though The Magic Room fell short for me.
As a participant in the BlogHer Book Club, I am compensated for this review, but all opinions expressed are my own.
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