True Confession: When I agreed to read this book I thought, from the description, that it was going to be fiction! Imagine my surprise when I found that this “story about the love we wish for our daughters” all taking place inside Becker’s Bridal in Fowler Michigan was entirely real!
At first, I was disappointed. A guy writing about wedding dresses, I scoffed, until I read the introduction. I am one of few who had not heard of the columnist, Jeffrey Zaslow, but his name will stay in my head as he quickly earned my respect.
“What are you smiling about?” my husband asked. I grinned at my husband with glistening eyes. Because within that introduction I was thrust back in time to our wedding day and all the feelings leading up to it, as well as the first few years of marriage. It was quite the time travel experience.
Then the book started. There are so many layers to The Magic Room. We see first hand how business and marriages began generations before us as well as those who are just starting their married lives now. Zaslow ultimately chooses a handful of brides to follow and we see the intimate path they travel with their loved ones up until their wedding day. Some of the stories had me flipping ahead several chapters to see what happened. I actually used two bookmarks while reading. I’m impatient that way.
Overall, I found the book engaging and eye opening in many ways. It’s interesting to see how differently women look at a wedding dress and ultimately a marriage. I particularly loved the story of four sisters who decided, without their parents’ influence, that it would be most romantic to wait for their first kiss until they were engaged. Some of the statistics peppered throughout are scary, but some are extremely encouraging. As I frequently pray for my children and their future spouses – whomever they may be- I enjoyed reading The Magic Room.
And I couldn’t help but pull out my own wedding dress and smile.
This was a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.