20 July, 2021

The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck - [Book Review]

Book Details:

Title: The Wedding Dress

Author: Rachel Hauck

Genre: Women Fiction

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Print length: 351 pages

Source: Copy from the local library

Blurb :

Four brides throughout time. One dress that ties them all together. The New York Times bestseller from award-winning author Rachel Hauck!

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?

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 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.

Rachel Hauck sweeps the reader away in this New York Times bestselling tale of faith, redemption, and timeless love.

My Review :

I got this book from our local library intrigued by the blurb. Fortunately,  I got the large print which is very comfortable for my eyes. 

The story of the book is unique. A wedding dress connecting the stories of 4 women of different time periods. It's wonderful to read the contemporary story of a modern woman Charlotte. Charlotte is an independent and successful woman and owner of a bridal showroom that is popular in Birmingham.

The novel takes us through the story of Emily in parallel who is not afraid to voice her opinions on discrimination of colored people in 1912. I loved the character of Emily more than anyone else. She is not perfect, but never afraid of expressing her feelings. She is not clear about her love for Daniel but takes the right decision in the nick of time.

Charlotte is as confused as Emily when Tim decides to postpone their marriage. But, her interest in the dress is so high, that she cannot stop herself from investigating further to know the origin of the bridal gown that she buys in an auction sale. In this process of learning more about the bridal gown, she understands the love of Tim. Even Tim realizes his love for Charlotte.

Mary Grace's story is interesting too, whereas Hillary's story fades before others. 

Characterization and concept are a big plus for this novel. The title of the book is perfect and the blurb is very well written. 

What might have been better?

An equal strength of other characters like Hillary and Mary Grace might have been done better justice to the blurb. Their stories fade a bit before Emily and Char's. The story seemed to be focused on 2 characters.  

Tim's character is ok but seems like he matured immediately after his accident. Before that incident, their love doesn't look very genuine. 

There are some typos in the book that might have been avoided.

My Rating:


I recommend this book to readers who love women fiction and Historical fiction.

About the Author:

Rachel Hauck is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author.

She is a Christy Award Winner and a double RITA finalist. Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times Book Club. She is the recipient of RT's Career Achievement Award.

Her book, Once Upon A Prince, was filmed for an original Hallmark movie. The Wedding Dress, The Wedding Shop, and A March Bride have all been optioned for film.

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