Review of "The Wedding Dress"

“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.

‘The story of four loveable women, miraculously bound by one gown, whose lives span a century . . . will take your breath away.’ -Beth Webb Hart, bestselling author of Love, Charleston”

I’ve read every book Rachel Hauck has written (and even those she’s co-authored) and loved them, so I was very excited for the opportunity to read this one. It did not disappoint! The plot picked up quickly from the very beginning and kept a great pace throughout the story. Charlotte was a believable and truly likable character, and the situations and the circumstances she found herself in were realistic. (Well, apart from the man in the purple vest who shows up at the turn of the century and during the present day. He probably could have been left out entirely to make for a read that was just as enjoyable, if not more so, but I wasn’t that bothered by it.) There were some continuity problems with backstory (how many children did Katherine have — she mentions two at one point, three at another, what did Mary Grace’s father do — she said he was a preacher at one point, a factory worker at another, with no explanation given), but these were peripheral points in the story. The main plot kept me interested and guessing until the very end.

All in all, it was a very enjoyable read and probably my favorite Rachel Hauck novel. Can’t wait to read her next one!

Many thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book. All opinions expressed are mine entirely.

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