This is my favorite book by Rachel Hauck yet. I’m really becoming a fan of stories with dual timelines, where the reader hops between the past and the present. Charlotte and Emily are both captivating leading ladies who felt like my friends by the end of the book. The journey of the mysterious wedding dress was so unique and intriguing. I didn’t want to put the book down.
Readers will not be disappointed with this tale. It’s romantic and nostalgic. It’s mysterious and surprising. Historical and contemporary fans alike will enjoy it. The love stories are certainly included and they play a pivotal role, but the real focus is on the individual journeys of the women. Watching them each discover who they are and where their faith lies creates a remarkable story.
I LOVED finding out how all their lives were connected and the ending was perfect. The story (and message) of the dress itself was beautiful. This entire series is one to keep and read over and over. I highly recommend it.
I received a free copy from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan’s Fiction Guild. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.
Rachel Hauck is a USA Today Best Selling, and award-winning author of critically acclaimed novels such as The Wedding Dress, Love Starts with Elle, and Once Upon A Prince.
She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel, Softly and Tenderly, one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals.
A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Rachel worked in the corporate software world before planting her backside in an uncomfortable chair to write full-time in 2004.
She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship at their annual conference. She is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker.
Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets, and writes from her two-story tower in an exceedingly more comfy chair. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan. Visit her at www.rachelhauck.com