Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Review, Split Time

The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck

The Wedding DressCharlotte 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.

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My Thoughts

I finished this book with a satisfied sigh of contentment! I love both historical and contemporary fiction and this dual timeline story has a heathly dose of both! I felt an immediate kinship with Charlotte. She doubts herself and wrestles that hopeless feeling of being an outsider. Oh, the blessings we miss when we listen to the wrong voice!

Charlotte feels adrift when the discovery of a vintage wedding dress sends her on a journey of discovery.  My, my, if that dress could talk! Well, the dress obviously can’t talk but that doesn’t keep Charlotte from talking to the dress. I love that! She hashes out her troubles and updates the dress on her latest discovery.

Although each bride has a very different experience while wearing it, there is always evidence of God’s grace. What a beautiful reminder to step back and look at the big picture, stop listening to the lies, and embrace who it is He created you to be!

About the Author

Rachel HauckRachel Hauck is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and award-winning author.

A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Rachel worked in the corporate software world before planting her backside in an uncomfortable chair to write full-time in 2004.

She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship at their annual conference. She is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker.

Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets, and writes from her two-story tower in an exceedingly more comfy chair. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.

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