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.
It’s been a long time since I read a book that grabbed my attention and didn’t let it go. Rachel Hauck’s The Wedding Dress is pure magic. From the way Charlotte discovers the dress to the search to locate the previous owners, every element of the story weaves together in a magnificent tapestry of romance.
The theme of love and marriage links each of the four women in this story together. Each had to face their own personal issues and obstacles to marry the man they loved but somehow managed to find the strength do just that.
I loved how the wedding dress played such a key role in each relationship but in very different ways. For Emily the dress is her way of taking a stand and making a statement against the injustices of the world. Mary Grace’s time with the dress leads to a long, happy, and fulfilling life with the man she has loved since she was a young girl. Hillary’s time with the dress ultimately ends in tragedy but she sees how her marriage, albeit short, brought comfort and security to her husband during a dark time. And Charlotte finally saw what was right in front of her: despite the whirlwind romance and short engagement, Tim truly is the man meant for her.
I highly recommend this book to everyone. It’s a well written engaging story that will make you believe in the magic of a wedding dress that can fit anyone. Five stars!