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The Wedding Machine

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"One of the most charming books I've read in a long, long time...made me laugh, cry, and cheer--as all good weddings do."

-Cassandra King, bestselling author of The Same Sweet Girls

Welcome to Jasper, South Carolina. A place where Southern hospitality thrives. Where social occasions are done right. And where, for generations, the four most upstanding ladies of this community ensure that the daughters of Jasper are married in the proper manner.

Friends from school days, "the gals" have long pooled their silver, china, and know-how to pull off beautiful events. They're a force of nature, a well-oiled machine. But the wedding machine's gears start to stick during the summer their own daughters line up to tie the knot. In the lowcountry heat and humidity, tempers flare, old secrets leak out . . . and both love and gardenias bloom in unlikely places.

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

  1. The Wedding Machine is written in third person, but each chapter is devoted to different, alternating points of view. What affect do the shifting viewpoints have on the story? Is there one character that forms the emotional core of the book? Discuss.
  2. Consider the "watermelon stealing" flashback. Why is the memory of this event significant to each of the four women who form The Wedding Machine? In what ways were their roles and personas established on that summer night so many decades ago?
  3. In the prologue, the four gals are described as "young, hopeful virgins promised to their small town sweethearts." In what way is the prospect of marriage promising to each of them? Whose marriage has survived and thrived. Whose hasn't? Why?
  4. How is the town of Jasper changing? Who is threatened by this change and why?
  5. Ray says that the gals can hardly relate to their offspring. Why do you think this is? What constitutes the chasm between these two generations?
  6. Consider the friendships of the foursome. How do they grow and deepen over the course of the story? Does Hilda's "hiding out" contribute to this growth?
  7. Why does Sis need to get rid of the wedding dress? How does this contribute to her character's development?
  8. Consider Kitty B.'s thanksgiving confrontation with LeMar. Do you agree with the ultimatum she gave him?
  9. What revelation does Ray have at the Healing Prayer Day? How does her conversation with Cousin Willy about her family history bolster this revelation?
  10. Do you think Hilda will ever come out of hiding? Imagine how and when this might happen. Describe.

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The Wedding Machine, Beth Webb Hart

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"One of the most charming books I've read in a long, long time...made me laugh, cry, and cheer--as all good weddings do."

-Cassandra King, bestselling author of The Same Sweet Girls

Welcome to Jasper, South Carolina. A place where Southern hospitality thrives. Where social occasions are done right. And where, for generations, the four most upstanding ladies of this community ensure that the daughters of Jasper are married in the proper manner.

Friends from school days, "the gals" have long pooled their silver, china, and know-how to pull off beautiful events. They're a force of nature, a well-oiled machine. But the wedding machine's gears start to stick during the summer their own daughters line up to tie the knot. In the lowcountry heat and humidity, tempers flare, old secrets leak out . . . and both love and gardenias bloom in unlikely places.

More Information

Length 304 Pages
Publication Date February 5, 2008
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595541993
ISBN-13 9781595541994
Height 8.2"
Width 5.4"