About the Book:
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.
Rachael Hauck has another winner here. Using the wedding dress as a way to link women of different generations, Hauck capsulizes the history of Birmingham, Alabama, and in many ways, our country over the last hundred years. We learn about segregation, women's suffrage, the Depression, Viet Nam and today's commitment-shy couples.
While classified as Christian fiction, it is on the lighter end of the spectrum, though it contains an author's statement at the end that compares the wedding dress to Jesus. I think the average women's fiction/romance fan could enjoy the book regardless of religious beliefs. I'd like to thank Litfuse for providing a review copy. I was not obligated to write a positive review.
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- The Wedding Dress (by Rachel Hauck)
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