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 was a lovely story, and I enjoyed it one one level, even though I didn't really appreciate every aspect of it. I didn't realize when I purchased it, but it is very much rooted in faith - it plays a role in the lives and actions of each of the characters. As I was not raised a churchgoer, nor have I read most of the bible, and I have never considered myself a believer, much of the meaning and impact of their faith was lost on me.
But I do like hearing about stories connected through history, and people whose lives which would otherwise not have touched each other but that they shared in the life of the dress. Their stories gave glimpses into some very different eras in history - different times and societies, but in which people (and love) have pretty much remained the same over the decades. Emily's story in particular interested me, such a bold independent and intelligent woman not only bucking the prejudices of her time but fighting for love.
The path of the dress between her and Charlotte was also an incredible tale, though a little less heard. I am glad Charlotte found new family in the women she connected with and was able to discover more of her own past. Her love story in the present held less interest for me, aside from how it drove her investigation, as I felt I knew how it would turn out.
Again, probably better appreciated overall by someone who shares the characters' faith. It was a little hard for me to swallow the "god told me to leave the trunk there for you" and when they felt "His divine influence"... foreign concepts, which I do not understand or believe in. But I looked past that to appreciate the unveiling of history and the long-past love stories woven in the gold threads of the dress.
The narration was fine, but not remarkable. It was better than plain reading aloud, and she tried to differentiate characters (difficult because many had the same southern accent), but her character voices were not always consistent. Some of the women were hard to tell apart, and I actually found one place where Emily was referred to as Charlotte, which totally confused me and I had to re-listen to figure out which century I was in. Aside from that, I'm glad there were clear announcements of the names of whose perspective we were in, or it would have totally lost me.
Nice story, and I got it on sale, so not a wasted purchase, but not a likely re-read for me.
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.
I am not religious and there were several Christian references that I would have preferred not to have included.
Maybe I would recommend this book becuase is very easy. But the story is so simple... sometimes it seems to force the characters and events to keep in line, but even then, the story feels uncomplete. As if there is something missing.
Well... If there were and actual romance... but it is just about an insecure woman who is reluctant to get married...
The storyline was Harlequin Romance Novel predictable. I couldn't stay interested in the main character long enough to pay attention to the story.
I would have preferred that she stick with the historical fiction. The current-day characters seemed too stiff, predictable, boring and totally fabricated.
no. She was enjoyable.
glad it was a cheap book.
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.
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.
No, but it was very good.
Emily-strong willed and strong minded in a day when women had little say over their lives
Switching voices was smooth and believable
I just really enjoyed it. Never really knew what was going to happen next.
Well written and a great plot.
Great combination of mystery and love. The reader was amazing with the accents and voices. Kept my attention.
Wife, mother, nanna, part time actor, avid reader, world traveller, golfer, bridge player, lover of life.
No not really, it was so Southern American not a lot to it really.
I would ask the writer to give some sustance to the story.
No. I didn't think the characters were all that interesting.
This story is a bit old fashioned in many ways. More for Christian book readers I think.
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