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The Wedding Dress Audiobook

The Wedding Dress

Charlotte owns a Birmingham bridal boutique. 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 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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©2012 Rachel Hauck (P)2012 Oasis

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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 11-23-13
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 11-23-13 Member Since 2011

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "God Directs Who Wears the Gown Next"

    This novel's narrator was excellent. She had many accents to speak as well as male and female voices to interrupt and she jumped from one to the other with ease.

    The novel is all about a wedding dress. The wedding dress was designed and sewn by a "colored woman," in 1912. The people in the wealthy South in the year 1912 had no contact with the colored. To wear such a dress was unthinkable. Society would be appalled if a bride should walk down the aisle wearing a dress sewn by a black woman. Emily was the bride and she did not conform with the righteous discrimination meted out to the black population. Therefore, Emily went into the colored part of the city and had Taffy design and sew her gorgeous gown.

    There was a mystery which revolved around the question of just where did the gown originate. There were friendships made throughout the book. The book was a smooth and easy read. I had been reading some intense novels and memoirs and I needed a break. This book hit the spot. Sit back, relax and enjoy.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Beth TN, United States 06-22-12
    Beth TN, United States 06-22-12
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    "I didn't want it to end!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, and HAVE, recommended this book to a friend! She's listened to it, too!
    The Wedding Dress is beautifully written, with twists and turns - some expected, others perhaps not. I wish the author would write another story with the older couple - the preacher and his wife - as the main characters. Theirs would be a story I would love to hear.
    The fact that several of the characters this book talk a bit about their relationship with God, (without being 'preachy'), was icing on the cake for me. It's a sweet story, one that I was sorry to see end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wedding Dress?

    The ending. I won't give it away, but she pulls it all together wonderfully!


    What about Eleni Pappageorge’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed her performance. She did all the characters quite well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Again, the ending when everything came together. I was listening at work and had to fight to keep the tears from falling! ;)


    Any additional comments?

    It's like four sweet romances in one beautiful book. Read it!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Candace Amarillo, TX, United States 01-05-14
    Candace Amarillo, TX, United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2015

    I love books! All kinds... classics, mysteries, Christian fiction, suspense and action! I'm also a sucker for anything romantic. ;) And just recently started getting into some non-fiction, philosophical books.

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    "Pleasantly Surprised"

    I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. I downloaded this book for a road trip I was taking and wanted something easy-listen. I've had a lot of thinking/action books lately and wanted something more simple. I enjoyed the back and forth between the past and the present. I could see where they were going with it a bit early on, but one part near the end did surprise me. It was a fun listen, worth your credit if you like Christian Romance. I'm very picky about my Christian literature because I like good writing, likable characters, and a plot that makes sense and makes me feel for the people involved. This book did those things and it was an enjoyable listen. The narration was also easy to listen to and pleasant. Best book ever!?!? No. Would I highly recommend it? Eh... I'd recommend it, but not highly. It was nice. Not an amazing work of literature, but I'm willing to check out more by this author based on this book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Easley, SC, United States 11-15-13
    Michael Easley, SC, United States 11-15-13 Member Since 2015

    Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.

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    A delightful surprise!!! I picked this book during one of the $4.95 deals and did not know what to expect. I loved it! This is an inspirational romance and mystery. It is actually two stories about two different women (one from 1912 and one from today). The story goes back and forth between the two stories, eventurally connecting these two women. I will definitely look for more books from this author. Jennifer

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    Andrew 04-10-14
    Andrew 04-10-14
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    "This book gets 5 BIG stars!"

    This is my first Rachel Hauck book but definitely won't be my last. She tells a story that develops through the years and does an excellent job of going back and forth between the past and the present, without being confusing. There's plenty of twists and turns as well as romance and humor. This is the first time I have heard this narrator, and she was perfect for this book. I highly recommend this book, author and narrator!

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    Amazon Customer 12-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "this story had it all!"
    Would you listen to The Wedding Dress again? Why?

    It was a wonderful story wandering back and forth between the past and present then bringing it all together in a great ending.


    What does Eleni Pappageorge bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice brings warmth and depth to the characters as individuals.


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    Cassandra Bluffdale, UT, United States 10-18-12
    Cassandra Bluffdale, UT, United States 10-18-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Christian literature"

    I wish I had have known before I bought it. I stopped listening after the 10th mention of prayer and God. I have no problem with anyone listening to whatever type of literature they want I just wish I'd known before I wasted my credit.

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    Amazon Customer 02-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautiful!!! "

    Loved it!
    Nicely read and just the right amount of intrigue with a past.. recommended!

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    Tina nagle POTLATCH, IDAHO, US 01-07-16
    Tina nagle POTLATCH, IDAHO, US 01-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    I lost patience a few times, but I could not stop reading! :-)
    I absolutely love this book!!!! I am looking up books from the same author. :-) :-)

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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 01-04-16
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 01-04-16 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "100 Years, Four Women, One Dress and Love"

    A magical and memorable story, Charlotte buys an old battered trunk at an estate sale in Birmingham for $1,000 . . . and her fiance, Tim is not happy about it . . . Charlotte is busy running her bridal shop, where she carefully helps brides choose the just the right gown for their special day . . . it's her special gift . . . God given . . . to share and help the women as they prepare for their wedding day . . . yet she feels that she and Tim are drifting farther and farther apart as their own wedding day draws nearer . . . An old gentleman in a purple waistcoat . . . the same man that had been at the estate sale . . . comes to tell Charlotte that the wedding dress in the trunk is "hers", that it has been "redeemed" . . . throughout the story his mysterious appearing is like a leading of the Holy Spirit . . . at the exact times that the women needed it most . . . Unusual, faith filled, with twists and turns, for all four women, and a completely clean and loving story, The Wedding Dress will warm your heart . . . I'm so glad that I found it . . .

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  • Joanne
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    5/28/12
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    "Wow Wow Wow"

    Was not expecting such a fantastic spine tingling story
    Compulsive listening heartwarming tale
    I loved it

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah
    Stafford, United Kingdom
    9/10/12
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    "Nice"

    This is a really nice book, it doesnt have a gripping storyline but is so lovely you want to keep listening. I really felt i knew the central character and was drawn into her world. I would recommend this to anyone who just wants to relax and listen to a nice book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    5/18/14
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    "The wedding dress"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No I was drawn to this book as I enjoy books that are set in more than one time period,. Sadly for me this book was a let down far too predictable plot. Once I had reached the halfway point in the book, I thought I might as well carry onto the end. I was glad when I finished it.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Rachel Hauck? Why or why not?

    No, especially if her other books had the same high volume of religious content.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Eleni Pappageorge?

    no. I have heard the southern accent performed better by other narrators in other books.


    Do you think The Wedding Dress needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, because the history of the dress has already been covered in this book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. A. Cadogan
    London, UK
    1/17/13
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    "I love it!!!"

    I am a bit of a hard nut but this book has restored my feminine desire for romance and mysticism.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • richard
    gainsborough, United Kingdom
    2/26/14
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    "The Wedding Dress"

    I loved this story... And i did not want it to end... I really enjoyed the book.. From Sue

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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