Friday, April 13, 2012

The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck

Back Cover Blurp:

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.

My Thoughts:

This is Rachel Hauck's best novel to date! She seamlessly weaves past and present together, crafting a tapestry of story that makes you think as well as entertains. I felt for Charlotte as she wrestled with some of life's largest questions, and sympathized with her groom-to-be Tim (or was he?) as he worked through it all with her.

Each character in the book is fully developed, creating a living chain of history surrounding the mysterious wedding dress. As Charlottoe unravels the story, her own is written, and it has a gorgeous ending.

Plus, the gentleman in the purple vest will keep you reading until the wee hours trying to figure out just who he is and how he fits in this tale. I loved the book, the characters, and the idea of heritage and legacy. "The Wedding Dress" is highly recommended.

I received a complimentary copy from LitFuse Media.

Happy Reading!



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