The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck
Reviewed by: Sydney Anderson
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Women’s Fiction, Inspirational, Romance, Christian
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: April 2, 2012
Four women. One wedding dress. And a little bit of timeless love.
After unintentionally purchasing an ancient and forged shut trunk at an estate sale, bridal boutique owner Charlotte decides to pry it open with the help of her friend Tim. Much to her amazement she discovers a divinely beautiful and vintage dress that looks almost new inside. It is breathtakingly stunning, with charming hand-stitched designs and pearls. Now all Charlotte has to do is find the perfect bride for the dress. After all that is what she does for a living, find beautiful dresses for beautiful brides.
Little does Charlotte know the history of this magnificent and stunning dress. Through some research of her own and with Tim’s help, Charlotte goes on a journey to discover the women who wore the exquisite bridal gown. What a journey it becomes as Charlotte not only discovers the women and their stories, but discovers her own involvement with the gown and why it was so important for her to end up with it. Somewhere along the way, maybe, just maybe, Charlotte will get a romance of her own.
I was enraptured and charmed by Rachel Hauck’s The Wedding Dress from page one. Having previously read only one of her novels, I was pleased that this one lived up to my expectations based on my previous read. The story of The Wedding Dress sucked me in with its fascinating story and plethora of characters and their varying relationships. I love that there were so many different characters and stories, separate, but interwoven all at the same time. Faith, redemption, and love speak loudly throughout the novel. I would recommend this novel to readers who enjoy women’s fiction and romance.
Rating PG: There is racial discrimination in the book as well as discussion of the unfaithfulness of a woman’s significant other, but nothing graphic.
Reviewer’s copy was provided by their local library.