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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  5,415 ratings  ·  707 reviews
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 e
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Paperback, 343 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Katie
First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

I was blown away by this beautiful, awe-inspiring tale of one dress that spans—and impacts—the lives of four special women. The Wedding Dress revolves around Charlotte Malone and her discovery of the dress within an old, beaten trunk…and the path down memory lane that it took her on.

While Charlotte was the main character this story revolved around, there were a lot of other central characters as well. And while one might think that this would get confu
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Sophie
UGH.

I did not know that this was "religious fiction," going into it. By the time I figured it out (which wasn't too long - all the characters have the same language about God and Him and churchiness) I wanted to know what happened in the end so I skimmed it. For that I give it 2 stars.

I was so disappointed that it is as religious as it is. I mean, why ruin a decent story? It's one thing if religion is specific to a character. If that's who they are, fine. Details like that add to dimension and
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Abbi
I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED, this book!!!!! This is officially one of my all time favorite books!
Full review here: http://writingchristiannovels.blogspo...
Casey
“The Wedding Dress” belongs in a league completely its own, with a tapestry of love stories that will, as the cover endorsement so perfectly stated “leave you breathless.”

I was easily impressed with this novel. Four women. Four generations. Four love stories. One dress. The story has a tinge of the ethereal, but what’s the point of fiction if you can’t enjoy the chance to make a story capture the light of the impossible?

With four stories to weave into one, I thought parts of the plot would fee
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Jenn O'Brien
As a whole, this was a good story, I liked the characters (especially in 1912) and I liked the concept of figuring out the history of the wedding dress; but somewhere along the line, I think this book suffers from a little bit from identity crisis. It cannot figure out if it wants to be a mystery, a contemporary romance, a historical romance, a Christian fiction, a supernatural fantasy, or commentary on social inequality. It felt like too many cooks adding an ingredient to the pot and you turn o ...more
Sarah
An amazing love story

I know this book has not been release yet, but I had won a copy of it on facebook and the minute I got it I could not put it down. The book is not just about a wedding dress but about a love story and how four amazing lives were touched by a dress. The story also talks about the struggle of a each young women trying to make a choice that will impact there lives as well as the lives of others around them. God uses a time in each young women's life to show his love for them, t
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Gwen
This charming romance blends both Contemporary and Historical through unique characters spanning a hundred years. Meet Charlotte, a wedding boutique owner who takes pride and pleasure in helping brides find that special dress that will make them feel like a princess on their wedding day, but flounders when it comes to her own upcoming wedding. Meet Emily, a suffrage supporter trying to please her family and society, and losing her identity, freedom, and shot at happiness in the process.

The Weddi
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Glenajo
Brought Me to Tears

Charlotte owns a wedding dress boutique, and has a true gift for finding the perfect dress for every bride that comes her way, that is except herself. Somehow, she just cannot move forward with her wedding plans, so she visits a local historical estate for peace and quiet, but instead discovers they are having an antique sale to raise money for the foundation. She finds herself bidding on a trunk, then discovers that it holds a beautiful wedding gown, thus she begins a journey
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Caitlyn Santi

This was my first read by this author, and I can tell you now it will not be my last! I really can't find the words to describe just how good this book is! It's amazing, the story completely mesmerized me from the first page and I hated to put the book down! I absolutely loved the characters, and that the dress was a parallel for the Gospel!!!

I loved the air of mystery to the story! And the ending was fabulous! I also loved how this book is a great combo of contemporary and historical! I really
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Barbara
I enjoy a good story. This one captured my interest because it spanned 100 years and connected a series of women whose lives were linked together by a wedding dress. I enjoy a good historical romance and this story did a nice blend of both. The author’s characters displayed some flaws in their character and choices. That made it very believable. The historical elements made it more interesting. There were instances when one character said “Can you believe it?” Yes, I could believe it- there were ...more
Kimberly
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Kaylea
A year ago, I crossed something off my bucket list.

I attended a writing workshop in Tulsa, Okla., led by Rachel Hauck.

It was a cool day, because I met a couple of neat writers, got some ideas (I'm really a non-fiction writer who dreams of writing a novel) and met Hauck.

Basically, I got to sit at her feet (OK, it was at a table in a church's meeting room), and listen to her talk writing and how she got lots of her ideas.

She also talked about writing a book a book about a wedding dress that fits f
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Jackie
Another book read in the attempt to discover if Inspirational romance can ever be feminist. Not in the case of this book, alas, which tells the story of a contemporary bridal shop owner who becomes involved in a search for the previous owners of a vintage bridal gown, even as her own engagement is thrown into question. Hauck tries to portray the first owner in a heroic light for her anti-racist views, but her romantic decisions are so stupid that it's hard to have sympathy for her. And I really ...more
TamElaine
What an amazing book to start off 2013! This book is much more than a story about a wedding dress – an exploration of love and life in different decades, even approaching a heart-wrenching time of blatant slavery and ill-treatment of people of a non-white race.

With the title “The Wedding Dress” I was somewhat expecting a book devoid of depth, falling shallow onto the surface of chick-lit but what I found was something endearing, with characters I connected deeply and fell in love with – Real Lov
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Beth Vogt
I fell in love with Rachel Hauck's novel The Wedding Dress from the opening line and finished reading the last page with tears in my eyes. I'd anticipated reading this book for many months, and Hauck didn't disappoint me. She seamlessly wove together the stories of 4 women who are brought together by one wedding dress. Throughout the novel, Hauck highlights the importance of love, faith, choices, freedom and family. Hauck skillfully handles multiple POVs--and just when I'd decide which character ...more
Kristen
Such a cute book!!! Loved most every minute of it. There were some preachy spots, but not too bad. Loved Charlotte & Tim. Loved her friend Dixie and how she calls her hubbie Dr. Hotstuff. Loved how the story was interwoven with the story of the dress. (Although at times I wanted to skip ahead b/c a chapter would leave you hanging). Just Great!

Moral Note: Some talk of mistresses, social drinking & smoking, other than that can't think of anything.
Cynthia Hickey
Rachel Hauk did a masterful job of weaving in the dress's beginning and the tales of the four women who became "owners" of the dress. From our modern day woman to the bride of 1912, the secret of the dress and a strange man wearing a purple vest will keep the reader turning the page. Well done!
Juju (Tales of Whimsy.com)
The Wedding Dress is contemporary Christian Fiction at it's best. It's special, magical, and godly. It's full of strong amazing women and some pretty great guys too. It has a little bit of history, mystery, and a lot of heart.
Melissa
Amazing book. Rachel Hauck does it again.
Stacy
I enjoyed reading The Wedding Dress and would probably give it 3.5 stars. I found it to be clean romantic fiction. But the cynical side of me got tired of Ms. Hauck's corny style of describing affection---here's the first example I found:

' "I like your hair down. You must wear it like that for me." Phillip trailed his finger over her chin and down her neck, stoking the small flame he ignited...."'

Blah blah blah. At times I was wondering if this was a cheap Harlequin Romance--minus the smut. I k
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Renee
I'm probably the world's most romantic human being, I see the beauty in everything and old things are what I love the most. Give me an old Victorian with crumbling gingerbread trim and tread wear to it's hardwood floors over that beautiful new mansion across the street any day. The same goes with an old book or an old piece of jewelry, I love to imagine who turned the pages before me, maybe a young lady sitting on her porch swing on a summer day or the beau who surprised his sweetheart with a br ...more
Carissa
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Title: The Wedding Dress
Author: Rachel Hauck
Series: no
Chapters: 27
Pages: 343
Genre: Christian fiction, Christian chick lit
Rating: 5 stars
Charlotte owns a bridal boutique she loves helping brides but can’t bring herself to plan her own wedding. Charlotte and Tim had a whirl wind relationship that ended in an engagement after only a few months. Charlotte ends up buying an old trunk at an estate sell that has a
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Carrie
It’s been a long time since I read a book that grabbed my attention and didn’t let it go. Rachel Hauck’s The Wedding Dress is pure magic. From the way Charlotte discovers the dress to how the search to locate the previous owners every element of the story weaves together in a magnificent tapestry of romance.

The theme of love and marriage links each of the four women in this story together. Each had to face their own personal issues and obstacles to marry the man they loved but somehow managed to
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Dawn
Wedding consultant Charlotte Malone went off by herself to think about her life and her fiance. She never expected to end up at an estate auction let alone purchasing an old trunk that has been welded shut. When she is able to open the trunk she finds it contains a beautiful wedding dress that appears to have never been worn and a pair of dog tags. As she struggles with her personal life, she's intrigued by the mystery of the trunk and begins to uncover the story of the dress and the women who ...more
Laura
Charlotte makes a living helping brides find the perfect wedding dress, but she can't seem to find her own even though her wedding is just a couple months away. On a whim, she buys an old chest at an auction and finds a wedding dress inside...a dress from 1912. Determined to find out the story behind the dress and why it was welded shut inside a chest, Charlotte begins to uncover the stories of the three women who wore it before. Although all different, the four women's common thread is the cour ...more
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
Charlotte Malone is a young woman who has always put up walls instead of forming a lot of friendships/relationships. She has not been in love often and finds her independence to be a crutch instead of allowing others to get close in fear that they may leave in one way or another. Through mysterious ways, she ends up with a trunk that is welded shut and with no clue as to its contents. Once she gets it open and finds the most beautiful wedding dress, she embarks on a journey to find out about its ...more
Rambling Readers
Enduring, finely detailed, beautiful, and inspiring. Rachel Hauck's newest novel The Wedding Dress evokes the same qualities of the plot's common thread: a timeless wedding dress. On the surface, the white wedding dress is just a dress; but as the story progresses, Hauck reveals a deeper symbolism. The perfect and ageless dress becomes an analogy for God's love. It is also the link between four generations of women searching for the right husband.

Each of the four women in The Wedding Dress bring
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Ruth Hill
This book was a pleasant surprise for me. I have read many historical fiction books in my time, and I have thoroughly enjoyed them. I am also an incredible fan of Christian romances, but this was so refreshingly different from anything I have ever read. And I read it very quickly.

The entire premise behind this book is a wedding dress that came into contact with four women and impacted them all in special ways. This means that the dress is over 100 years old. And it just so happens that Charlotte
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Leah
One dress with a story spanning a century. Four brides with four unique lives in four different generations.

Those two lines probably have you thinking you know exactly what this book is about. Aw, it’s been done before, you say. Maybe so, but never like this.

Charlotte is a modern woman running a successful wedding dress boutique in the American south and suffering from twinges of panic without understanding why at the thought of marrying her wonderful, family-man, architect, studmuffin of a fi
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Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
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I adore everything antique and vintage from rustic homes and furniture, to books and clothing. Vintage items draw me in with their unknown yet intriguing history, their worn and well loved appearance, and the musty smell of years gone by. To say that The Wedding Dress was a perfect fit for me (pun intended) would be an understatement.

Four stories spanning a hundred years yet intimately and intricately sewn together through the common link
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RITA finalist and award winning author Rachel Hauck writes from sunny central Florida.

With strong southern stories, she infuses faith and real life into the lives of her fictional characters.

Rachel loves to encourage new writers and is the book therapist for My Book Therapy and writing community founded by
Susan May Warren.

Rachel graduated from Ohio State University with a BA in Journalism. She'
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