Book 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 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.
I had a hard time reading this book. I know it was a pdf version [or something] and not the final, cleaned-up Kindle version, but the punctuation, especially capitalization, was beyond horrible. I can see a few mistakes here and there, but I absolutely cannot believe it’s the way Rachel turned it in or just ‘pre final edit’. Sentences, names, all sorts of things were screwy.
I know it’s not Rachel’s fault and for that reason, I stumbled through it and I won’t hold her responsible in the least, but it was still beyond annoying.
Charlotte and Tim are getting married. Soon. But he hasn’t picked out his tux. She hasn’t picked out a dress [and she owns a bridal shop!] and neither one of them has finalized their guest lists, much less sent out invitations.
When Charlotte is sucked into a fundraiser auction at a local historical site, she somehow ends up buying a trunk. One that’s been welded shut. With money she really doesn’t have.
She finally gets it open [with help from now ex-fiance Tim], she finds the most beautiful dress she’s ever seen with a history that she’s nearly desperate to find out.
Told mostly in two time periods, the book tells the story of how the dress came to be and Charlotte’s search for answers. She may not realize it, but she’s searching for answers to far more questions than just those brought by the dress. Three other women have worn it. Their stories will dramatically impact her life as well as Tim’s. Not all of the women who wore the dress are deceased. Charlotte’s search will impact the lives of those surrounding all of the women who wore it.
The setting and characters came alive and I can’t think of one character I didn’t like [with the possible exception of a couple now-deceased characters who I probably wasn’t supposed to like ;)]. Hauck sucked me in [despite the aforementioned punctuation/capitalization issues] and didn’t let go.
By the time she has her answers, Charlotte knows more about herself and her place in this world than she had at the beginning.
This is my second book of Hauck’s but won’t be my last. The ending to the last one I read left me unsettled and dissatisfied. It made me a bit leery but I’d heard such good things I went ahead and requested this one and I’m so glad I did.
Hauck drew me into both time periods and had me rooting for both Charlotte and NAME to find true love – no matter who it was with.
The one thing I would have liked to see is a bit more resolution to the situation with Tim’s sister-in-law, but I can live with it the way it is.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to Hauck’s next one.
Overall rating: 8.5 out of 10 stars