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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 Luttrell, TN, United States 01-02-14
    Jorjeana Luttrell, TN, United States 01-02-14 Member Since 2011
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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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    Amazon Customer Massachusetts, USA 07-03-14
    Amazon Customer Massachusetts, USA 07-03-14
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    "Inspirational, Romance, History & Mystery......."

    Exceptional..... Inspirational

    Mystery surrounds a wedding dress and the people it comes to........

    Spanning over one hundred years, this book seamlessly switches back and forth between the past and present.

    People unknown to each other, yet lives intwined forever by an article of clothing (wedding dress). Designed and sewn by a "colored woman," in 1912, an uncertain time in the South when white people shouldn't have contact with "the colored".

    Well written story about faith, romance, emotional turmoil.... and a bit of magic. Incredible characters whose lives unfold, depicting their personal history throughout generations.

    My first time reading author Rachel Hauck, will look forward to more from her. Quick, enjoyable read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol College Park, MD, United States 12-12-13
    Carol College Park, MD, United States 12-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting light read."

    Rachel Hauck is a new author to me. I found the story good and interesting. Not knowing the author I was surprised with how much if felt like I was at church while listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beverley Sidney, BC, Canada 11-24-13
    Beverley Sidney, BC, Canada 11-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Manipulative way of preaching Christianity"
    What did you like best about The Wedding Dress? What did you like least?

    I disrespect the author & editor for not mentioning that the book was full of Christian superstition. They don't mention religion until you've gotten quite far into the story & then once they know you're hooked it continues to get heavier into the religion until it's mentioned every minute or so. I find this very manipulative & instead of leading me toward conversion just turns me further away from institutionalized religion.


    What three words best describe Eleni Pappageorge’s performance?

    Mediocre


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    budsmom Baltimore, MD 11-17-13
    budsmom Baltimore, MD 11-17-13 Member Since 2013

    Mystery Maven

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    "Interesting Story"
    Would you listen to The Wedding Dress again? Why?

    No, but it was very good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Emily-strong willed and strong minded in a day when women had little say over their lives


    What about Eleni Pappageorge’s performance did you like?

    Switching voices was smooth and believable


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I just really enjoyed it. Never really knew what was going to happen next.


    Any additional comments?

    Well written and a great plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristen Highlands Ranch, CO, United States 09-17-12
    Kristen Highlands Ranch, CO, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story and wonderful reader"

    Great combination of mystery and love. The reader was amazing with the accents and voices. Kept my attention.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deb West Pennant Hills, Australia 05-04-12
    Deb West Pennant Hills, Australia 05-04-12

    Wife, mother, nanna, part time actor, avid reader, world traveller, golfer, bridge player, lover of life.

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    "The Southern Belles"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No not really, it was so Southern American not a lot to it really.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would ask the writer to give some sustance to the story.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Eleni Pappageorge?

    Maybe


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

    No. I didn't think the characters were all that interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is a bit old fashioned in many ways. More for Christian book readers I think.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    kimberlytere United States 12-23-12
    kimberlytere United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic Tale!"

    I love this book and did not want it to end. It was wonderfully written and so entertaining.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J. Fein Kensington, California United States 11-18-13
    J. Fein Kensington, California United States 11-18-13 Member Since 2002
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    "First time I feel compelled to write a review !!"
    What disappointed you about The Wedding Dress?

    It has a very strong religious (Christian) emphasis and a nominal though somewhat interesting, but plodding, plot line. I barely got through it. There were many times when I almost stopped listening but I wanted to know how it would pan out.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    James Patterson's " 12th of Never".


    What aspect of Eleni Pappageorge’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing really. It was the novel itself that was the problem. The narration was okay


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Wedding Dress?

    I would have de-emphasized most of the religiosity included. I totally respect everyone's beliefs but I don't really want to read/listen to praise god, etc. throughout a book unless i am specifically looking for a religious topic. That being said it seems as though the author couldn't quite decide if the story should emphasize romance, albeit a very clean version of romance, or Christianity. I have a greater appreciation of religion when it is in a book in a more subtle fashion.


    Any additional comments?

    I would only recommend this title to those who wish for a Christian based, 'clean' romance. If however, you are seeking a solid plot line with excellent character development this is NOT the book for you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marcia culver city, CA, United States 11-13-13
    Marcia culver city, CA, United States 11-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Almost a waste of time."
    What would have made The Wedding Dress better?

    Everything was too predictable. I am not a very creative person but could figure out most of the upcoming scenes before they even unfolded.


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

    The idea was fine, but the way it was written was like a 2PM soap opera.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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