Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Review: The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck

Genre: Dual-timeline Romance
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Released: April 2, 2012
351 pages
About the Book:

Four brides throughout time. One dress that ties them all together. The New York Times bestseller from award-winning author Rachel Hauck!
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?
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 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.  

My Rating & Thoughts:    

This was my second time reading this book and I enjoyed it once again. When I first read it back in 2014 it was my first introduction to a dual-timeline story. At the time I didn’t normally read historical settings so I hadn’t expected it to capture my heart like it did. I enjoyed the way story was presented from different points of view and that was it flipped between characters and time periods was so well done that I was easily able to keep track of where I was and who’s view I was reading. I loved the mystery of finding out where the dress came from and who had worn it and how it turned into so much more for Charlotte. I really connected with Emily and Charlotte and was frustrated with the actions of a couple characters. However one particular character did redeem himself in my eyes by the end. The only issue I had was the story was the man in purple, my logical brain tells me there should be an explanation for his appearance but I couldn't come up with one. I really enjoyed the symbolism of God being a perfect fit for everyone just like the dress fit various women with no alterations needed. Great message! 

(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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