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Reviewed by Joanne Reynolds

The Magic Room is located at Becker’s Bridal in Fowler, Michigan. Shelley Becker, the third generation owner, created this room for brides to enter, wearing the gown they have chosen for their bridal day. There is a pedestal in the middle and the entire room is surrounded by mirrors for the bride to view herself from all angles.

Becker’s Bridal has been open for business since 1934. Fowler is a middle-class community with a population of 1,100. Becker’s Bridal houses anywhere from 2,500 gowns in it’s small shop, a former bank. The Magic Room was once the bank vault.

Shelley Becker spends six days a week, and up to 12 hours a day, working in her shop. She was “initiated” into the business at the age of 14. She has seen countless brides and mothers come through the doors and has heard many stories – some tragic, some loving, and some fearful. She has met young first time brides, older second timers and everyone in between.

Jeffrey Zaslow’s purpose in writing The Magic Room and sharing the story of Becker’s Bridal was to show the love that parents have for their daughters. This was well done with the lives that were brought forward. Each family had it’s own history, but the love for the daughters pursuing their own lives was a prevalent theme.

I absolutely loved the history of the Becker family being brought into the book also. The hard work and sacrifice to keep such a business running is a book in itself. Jeffrey Zaslow did a wonderful job of making me feel  the love and heartache of the eight stories incorporated into the book.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Joanne has always been an avid reader and loves the ability to lose herself in someone else’s life for the time that it takes to read about it. She has a huge admiration for authors and the worlds that they create for us. She enjoys reading to her granddaughters and hopes that they take up the love of reading.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by PR by the Book. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.