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The Wedding Dress

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  6,356 ratings  ·  819 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
Paperback, 343 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published January 1st 2012)
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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
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
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
I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED, this book!!!!! This is officially one of my all time favorite books!
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“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
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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Gwendolyn Gage
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Wedding Dress was a very good read with a unique story. There were a couple things I found weird (i.e. how the wedding dress stayed in perfect condition and didn't need to ever get altered -- even though four brides wore it, Mr. Oddfellow and how he appeared and disappeared so quickly, etc.) but in spite of the things that I didn't love, the story was really good.

I liked how the book told both Charlotte and Tim's story (present day) and Emily and Daniel's (1912). I found both stories interes
SUMMARY: 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
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!
Sarah (Sariously)
I picked up this book once and couldn't put it down until I had finished. I read it all day, even though I should've been working on my assignments. A book has once again captured my full attention.

This book tells the tale of a wedding dress, a dress that spans across the decades from the moment it was made to the moment it is worn in the present.

I loved hearing from Charlotte's point of view, and I loved Tim. I know he was kind of a jerk but then he's not a jerk and it's lovely. And Emily, from
Juju (Tales of
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.
Charlotte has a gift. She can help a bride choose just the perfect wedding gown for their weddings and she has made a very successful business doing it. With her own wedding day fast approaching, not only has she not even searched for her own wedding dress, but the wedding invitations still sit in a box on her floor collecting dust. Charlotte finds herself in possession of an old trunk that contains the most gorgeous wedding dress she’s ever seen just as her own wedding plans go up in smoke.

Paula Howard
The Wedding Dress is not at all my genre. I seriously avoid anything that smells of romance. With that being said, I loved this book. While there was romance, it was not that icky mushy junk. LOL

What grabbed me was the search for the owners of the dress and how the dress ended up with each of the brides. The other mystery that prevailed throughout the book was Charlotte's search for who she is... her identity. She was orphaned at a young age and the search for the owner of the dress became a sea
Amazing book. Rachel Hauck does it again.
This one is really hard to rate, review, and classify. I really enjoyed aspects of the story, especially Charlotte. The odd parts are...well, odd. The older gentleman, the "Purple Man" or "Mr. Oddfellow", falls just short of perfection as a mythical or supernatural being...he is one shade too nebulous. And I'm not too sure about the dress itself...what makes it fit? Is it some sort of miracle or simply "by magic"? Without a real specification, it would be easy to believe it magical, and I don't ...more
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
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

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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
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
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
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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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