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.
©2012 Rachel Hauck (P)2012 Oasis
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.
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 . . .
mainly read romances and books for a book club that take me all over the map.
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!
A delightful story that spans 100 years and many people. It's like an adventure that delights the soul.
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!
This was the first audio book I listened to and loved the story so much that I book the Kindle edition. The narration was very well done with the accents and the story was outstanding. I have listened to the story 3'times and am sure that it will continue to be listened to.
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