The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck (review by Kristi)

The Wedding Dress

About the book:  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 2, 2012, by Thomas Nelson


My review:  This story started out a bit on the slow side for me but once it got going I found it to be a quick read. There were parts of the story I really liked and other parts I found not as interesting. All in all, this was a good story and one I enjoyed reading.

Charlotte and Tim were not my favorite couple. In fact, I found the scenes with them to be a bit on the awkward side. But Emily I fell in love with right away. I loved her personality and her spirit. She had a mind of her own and wasn’t afraid to speak it and to stand up for what she believed in and what she thought was right. I also enjoyed Dix. She was a breath of fresh air and I enjoyed her sass.

I liked the dual timeline story in this book. Emily’s story was my favorite and I really enjoyed all of the details the author included. It made the story seem realistic and as if I were there. The author did a great job of bringing all of the different time periods together and making the story flow smoothly from one dress recipient to another.

If you’ve read the other “Wedding” books by this author you will like this one. It can be read as a standalone. Just set aside some reading time because once you get into the story you won’t want to quit reading until you know how the story ends.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.


About the author:  New York Times, USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Rachel Hauck writes from sunny central Florida.

A RITA finalist and winner of Romantic Times Inspirational Novel of the Year, she writes vivid characters dealing with real life issues.

She loves to hear from readers. She also loves to encourage new writers and sits on the Executive Board of American Christian Fiction Writers..

A graduate of Ohio State University with a BA in Journalism, Rachel is an avid OSU football fan. She hopes to one day stand on the sidelines in the Shoe with Urban Meyer.

An avid Diet Coke fan, she is caffeine free. Sometimes you just have to compromise.

She’s never skied or jumped out of an airplane. She leaves such hijinks to Jason Bourne.

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