The Wedding Dress By Rachel Hauck


 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.

My Review

The Wedding Dress requires a large element of suspension of belief, but once that is accomplished, what a delightful story!

Rachel Hauck has written a heart-warming and enchanting (in more ways than one, but I don’t want to give away the story) tale of four women linked through decades by a beautiful wedding dress.

Each of the four women, beginning with Emily in 1912, are on the cusp of marriage. However, each has a major struggle to overcome, and the wedding dress figures prominently in each situation.

Interwoven throughout the story is a Biblical theme, interspersed with magical whimsy and mysticism, reminiscent of fairy tales.  For instance, a ubiquitous, seemingly ageless, purple-attired man appears to two generations of brides.  More incredibly, the wedding dress fits perfectly around the figure of each bride, no matter that their physiques and statures differ.  The dress is magical and the story intriguing.

I was disappointed with one section, near the end, that gave away an integral part of the story. However, except for the spoiler, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the women, their lives and most especially, their wedding dress.

The Wedding Dress is book one in a series. Nonetheless, it can be a standalone book. I read the second in the series, The Wedding Chapel, a little over a year ago, and didn’t realize it was a sequel.

I received this book free through the Fiction Guild program in exchange for an honest review.