Thursday, December 29, 2011

Book review: The Magic Room

Even though my own wedding is in the distant past, I admit that I have a bit of a thing for those TV shows where brides and their friends and family go through the drama of choosing the perfect wedding dress. So I was really excited when I got the chance to review a new book, called The Magic Room. Here's a bit about this book, from the author's website:

Up a short flight of stairs, inside a former bank in a small rural town 100 miles northwest of Detroit – there is a room.  It is a special place, rich in history, and 100,000 brides-to-be from across the Midwest have made pilgrimages to find it. Just 10 foot by 8 foot, it has floor-to-ceiling mirrors on every wall, carrying the brides’ images to infinity. It is called the “Magic Room,” and for good reason.

The Magic Room is set in a bridal shop called Becker's Bridal.  When I first read the description of the book, I expected this book to be a fluffy, reality show-style book about about wedding planning and brides, but it is so very much more. It's more a like a documentary, with very intimate, in-depth stories of brides and their families.  The author, Jeffrey Zaslow, details their hopes and dreams, their failures and their sadnesses, their successes and loves. There are stories of young brides with stars in their eyes, of their mothers and grandmothers, of marriages successful and marriages lost. The Magic Room also tells the story of the family who owns and runs Becker's, a family dealing with their own challenges in life, all while smiling and helping make the brides' dreams come true.

I very much enjoyed reading this beautifully-written book. To see what other book reviewers thought and to join in the discussion about The Magic Room, visit its BlogHer Book Club page

Disclosure: This is a compensated review, posted as part of the BlogHer Book Club. I was under no obligation to leave a positive review and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.