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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Review: The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck

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 purchases 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 beauty of finding true love.

I loved it!! I loved the characters and the story.  I loved the mystery of the dress  Charlotte was trying to solve, and the places and people that mystery led her to.  I could not stand the suspense of seeing how it was all going to end up and finished the book in one rainy, lazy, Sunday afternoon.  I loved the ending!! I thought the author did an awesome job tying it all together.  The ending gave me chills and made me cry.  My favorite thing though, was the symbolism of the dress.  "It's just like the good news of the gospel of Jesus.  Always fits.  It don't need no changing.  The good news is always good.  It never wears out and by gum, it's always in style."

I received a complimentary copy of The Wedding Dress from Thomas Nelson for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation.

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