The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck (review by Cathy)

The Wedding Dress


About the book:
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 review (4-stars)
A perfect story for a relaxing week-end read.  Yes, I actually did read this over a week-end as I became caught up in the story of Charlotte and the vintage dress she finds in a trunk at an estate sale.
I loved how the story unfolds and the connection of the four young women. The author has a knack for blending modern-day characters with characters from the past and weaving a lovely tale as Charlotte discovers more about the wedding dress and those that owned it before her.
I found myself drawn to Emily’s character and looked forward to learning more about her. The other characters were well written and interesting so perhaps it was just the time period that made me eager to read her story.
The Wedding Dress is well written, entertaining and  a lovely story.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and have given my honest opinion.

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