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
This book was not romantic the way I was expecting and it dragged and I couldn't connect with the characters. After 3 chapters I was done. I believe a good book should hook you in the first 2 chapters and a REALLY good book will hook you in the first 2 paragraphs and this did neither. I've read good books that snagged my interest within the first to the last chapter and I've read books that even after the fifth chapter I was still not enjoying it. I could have sworn I returned this book and yet I found it still in my library. So since it was in my library I thought I would give my two cents. If you are looking for instant chemistry this is not it. If you are looking for a dragged on history lesson on how couples were in other eras then this is it. I didn't get too far in this book but I read other reviews saying that this book is also a bit Christian preachy. So if you aren't into that sort of thing then skip this book.
Love the book and the audio was awesome the narrator was wonderful she kept my interest from beginning to the very end. The stories within the stories were beautifully done. Couldn't put it down complete it in one day. I will cherish this book and audio for many years to come. Thank you to the writer and to narrator for such a heartwarming story. Love it.
Overall the story was great but I struggled with the dialogue for the 20's time period. Not sure if this was because of the narrator or the actual verbiage. It was a bit too stilted and predictable to match the story line. The modern-day dialogue was was much more believable.
Very reminiscent of a good Lifetime movie. Good story line, you will start to figure out where it's going toward the end. It's was hard for me at first to keep with all the names and boyfriends, but I finally got it. Good read. I liked Emily's story.
If you go into this unknowingly, as I did, you'll be surprised to learn that it's Christian fiction. Nothing wrong with it, and it's fairly tame, but it's there.
What's fascinating is that in the story which unfolds in 3 different eras, the one that is from the early 1900s is in some ways the most modern in terms of thinking and perspective and a strong female protagonist!
A breezy but charming read. Not a must-read, but not a waste of time either.
No. Too preachy.
If it's "Christian" lit, then yes. And ... it should be identified when offered for sale, just as YA fiction is, romance, thrillers, etc. I'm not anti-religion, I just think it's a private matter for each person and the constant references to praying about this or that ruined the rest of the story for me.
I'm very glad Audible allows for returns. I bought the Kindle edition as well (for whisper sync) and I'm hoping they'll allow returns as well.
The story line was very clever! Narrations entertaining and fresh,
I loved loved how Emily went back into the church and
confronted Philip, then hopped on the horse and ran away with Daniel( I am such a romantic lol) also the comparison between the gospel and the dress was really a great way to explain the Bible . Overall a big hit with me!
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