Monday, April 18, 2016

Review: The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck

Four brides. One Dress.

 A tale of faith, redemption, and timeless love. Charlotte owns a chic Birmingham bridal boutique. Dressing brides for their big day is her gift . . . and her passion. But with her own wedding day approaching, why can't she find the perfect dress...or feel certain she should marry Tim?

Then Charlotte discovers a vintage dress in a battered trunk at an estate sale. It looks brand-new-shimmering with pearls and satin, hand-stitched and timeless in its design. But where did it come from? Who wore it? Who welded the lock shut and tucked the dog tags in that little sachet? Who left it in the basement for a ten-year-old girl? And what about the mysterious man in the purple vest who insists the dress had been "redeemed."

Charlotte's search for the gown's history-and its new bride-begins as a distraction from her sputtering love life. But it takes on a life of its own as she comes to know the women who have worn the dress. Emily from 1912. Mary Grace from 1939. Hillary from 1968. Each with her own story of promise, pain, and destiny. And each with something unique to share. For woven within the threads of the beautiful hundred-year-old gown is the truth about Charlotte's heritage, the power of courage and faith, and the timeless beauty of finding true love.

Paperback, 352 pages 
Published April 2nd 2012 
by Thomas Nelson (first published January 1st 2012)
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This book spans many years (1912-current) and follows the dress.  Marriage is (or at least should be) such an important decision but in days long past it was parents, social classes and money that directed parents to decide for their children. Which is where this story begins.
With 4 different brides, each with different backgrounds it is the wedding dress that ultimately connects them in ways they never imagined.

The story weaves back and forth in time from the origins back in 1912 to Charlotte as she searches for clues to the dress but also does some serious soul searching in regards to her our upcoming nuptials.

I enjoyed this book, the author drew me in with the unique bond, trying to unravel the mystery myself is always fun.  But with twists and scenarios I didn't anticipate making this an interesting read.  This is Christian fiction and that was showcased nicely, not over the top but in a realistic manner of a Christian (taking things to the Lord in prayer).  Rachel Hauck is a new author to me and one that I will read more of.

Thank you to Thomas Nelson (via netgalley) for a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.

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