The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck
Thomas Nelson, 2012
Summary (from the back cover):
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 discovers 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 timeless beauty of finding true love.
This story is a bit different from what I typically read. It almost defies being placed into a specific genre. Is it contemporary fiction or historical fiction? I would say a bit of both. This story follows Charlotte in present day and Emily from 1912. I enjoyed the twist of past and present narration of the characters’ lives in this story.
Ultimately, the story was about Charlotte discovering the history of the wedding dress she finds. Made in 1912. Still in perfect condition. And surrounded by mystery. Who does it belong to? Where did it come from? And what are the stories of the women who wore the dress?
Charlotte makes it her mission to find the answers to these questions, and goes on a journey she never would have expected. Each woman who wore the dress has their own story to tell, both of the pains and joys of their lives and how this dress impacted them. This dress not only connects the lives of these women, but it also bonds them together. Their lives have been intertwined as they each have a unique story to tell. And this one special dress is a part of that story.
Rating: 4 stars