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The Wedding Dress | [Rachel Hauck]

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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    Jorjeana 01-02-14
    Jorjeana 01-02-14
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    "YAWN!!!!!!!!!"
    What disappointed you about The Wedding Dress?

    The storyline was Harlequin Romance Novel predictable. I couldn't stay interested in the main character long enough to pay attention to the story.


    What could Rachel Hauck have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I would have preferred that she stick with the historical fiction. The current-day characters seemed too stiff, predictable, boring and totally fabricated.


    Have you listened to any of Eleni Pappageorge’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no. She was enjoyable.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    sleepiness


    Any additional comments?

    glad it was a cheap book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    VoxVolat Dallas, TX, United States 07-31-15
    VoxVolat Dallas, TX, United States 07-31-15 Member Since 2013

    mainly read romances and books for a book club that take me all over the map.

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    "Extremely creative plot!"

    Loved how it intertwined multiple women's stories together into a cohesive whole. This is an inspirational romance and some excellent writing to boot. Will not disappoint!

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    Yoli G 07-22-15
    Yoli G 07-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    It was a great story I love how they tied the past with the present

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    Sharon 07-03-15
    Sharon 07-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    Great story! A little sappy, but a good listen. Also, I would classify it as religious/Christian fiction! Loved it!

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    Jewlz 07-02-15
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    "A Blessing to Read!"

    Beautiful story of a special dress and the brides should wore it. Destiny written by God's Hand.

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    Amazon Customer Grover Beach, CA United States 06-26-15
    Amazon Customer Grover Beach, CA United States 06-26-15 Member Since 2015

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    A delightful story that spans 100 years and many people. It's like an adventure that delights the soul.

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    Sandy Norman, OK, United States 06-18-15
    Sandy Norman, OK, United States 06-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good but a little cheesy"

    It was a good story line but long and a little cheesy. I see it as a good chick flick with a little God thrown in.

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    Cindrea Clary 03-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "love this book!!"

    Amen! Amazing story of God's divinity, destiny, and the power of love.
    Also excellent narration her voice fit the storyline perfectly

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

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    "This needs to be a movie! Love....Love....."

    This was my first by Rachel Hauck and it won't be my last. I really enjoyed narrator Eleni Pappageorge as well. The story was magical and I especially liked that it was set in different periods in time. I found myself getting lost in the story and envisioning the characters in the landscape of the stories. Each time my commute was over I was sad and looking forward to the next time to listen. It was so pleasing to hear no vulgar language and to have an author who let God be in the picture. I don't want to give any spoilers so it's difficult to divulge too much. If you like a nice peaceful read that will draw you into the story this is for you. It would make a great movie. Love....Love...Love!

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