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Archived Group Reads - 2017 > February Book of the Month - The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck

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message 1: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 5115 comments Mod
The Wedding Dress

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.


message 2: by Diamond (new)

Diamond Jones-Cox (mzaware28) | 65 comments We reading this one for February, right?


message 3: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 5115 comments Mod
Yes Diamond. Thanks for catching that and I'll fix it!


message 4: by Diamond (new)

Diamond Jones-Cox (mzaware28) | 65 comments Welcome! I'm looking forward to reading this one :)


message 5: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 5115 comments Mod
I read it a couple of years ago and loved it.


message 6: by Melody (new)

Melody | 36 comments I'll start reading this one tonight if I can. Looking forward to discussing it! :)


message 7: by Christine (new)

Christine | 772 comments I'm 43% in and really enjoying it!


message 8: by Melody (new)

Melody | 36 comments I'm 10% in. I'm liking it so far.
I love the author's voice. It's my first book by Rachel Hauck.


message 9: by Chantel (new)

Chantel (channylee07) | 481 comments I read this book a year or so ago and I loved looking forward to the discussion.


message 10: by Bonny (new)

Bonny (bonnybonnybeth) | 1147 comments This will be my first time participating in the group read! Thanks to Kalena, I have a copy of this book on CD, so I'm listening to it on my CD player each evening! Looking forward to it.


message 11: by Chantel (new)

Chantel (channylee07) | 481 comments Bonny wrote: "This will be my first time participating in the group read! Thanks to Kalena, I have a copy of this book on CD, so I'm listening to it on my CD player each evening! Looking forward to it."

That's so cool! I hope you enjoy it!!


message 12: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 2634 comments Mod
Just started The Wedding Dress this evening. I've also read The Royal Wedding Series and The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck.


message 13: by Joy (new)

Joy (audioaddict1234) | 233 comments I started this but set it aside. Maybe I will get back to it this weekend.


message 14: by Paula (new)

Paula Shreckhise | 359 comments Very cute story. I read this about a year ago. I love Rachel Hauck!


message 15: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 2634 comments Mod
Just finished! Lovely!!


message 16: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 5115 comments Mod
We can start discussing next week about Weds to give a few others time to finish.


message 17: by Judy (new)

Judy | 1 comments I am looking forward to reading this book...I plan to start as soon as I finish my current book!


message 18: by Lyn (new)

Lyn Morgan | 1 comments Okay. I'll start reading now and will hopefully be finished by the time you kick off the discussion on Wednesday.


message 19: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 2634 comments Mod
We are beyond the 15th so I'll share a couple of comments about the book...

I completely expected Charlotte to find someone else because Tim didn't seem like "the one", however, I found that I liked Tim and was glad they ended up together by the end of the novel.

Anyone read other Rachel Hauck books? I've also read the Royal Wedding Series and The Wedding Chapel. My favorites are Once Upon a Prince, A Christmas Wedding and this one.


message 20: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 5115 comments Mod
Thanks for starting this Staci! My life is in turmoil right now with grandson in surgery next week for ear tubes and adenoids. Then the following week my daughter in law for major hip repair.

I have read books 1 & 2 in her Royal Wedding Series and enjoyed them both. But The Wedding Dress is still my favorite so far.

What were your thoughts about the two time periods and how they were interwoven? I loved it and thought it was very well done.


message 21: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 2634 comments Mod
I prayer everything goes well with your grandson and daughter Loraine.

I thought the various time periods were blended well.


message 22: by Bonny (new)

Bonny (bonnybonnybeth) | 1147 comments I just finished this last night! I was listening to it on CD, which was a little difficult since I don't have a CD player in my van, which meant my options were: 1) Listen in the kitchen while eating or doing dishes (too distracting and not enough time), 2) Listen in bed (I kept falling asleep!), or 3) Listen on the couch while mending sweaters (very successful, I patched dozens of holes!).

This was my first Rachel Hauck book, and there were some things I liked about it, and some parts that were just okay. Two of my favorite things were the genealogical mystery (exactly the sort of thing I solve as my job!) and the way she tied together the past and the present! I do kinda wish the author left us in suspense a little longer with Emily's story (we find out her ending through Tim, which makes her wedding scene a little anti-climatic, I thought).

Speaking of Emily, was anyone else puzzled with how Emily seemed so undisturbed by Philip's relationship with Emeline? She basically seemed to have an attitude of, "As long as he doesn't continue after we're married." Umm, shouldn't she be more upset? I couldn't believe she felt so obligated to honor her commitment to him when he obviously could care less about honoring his commitment to her!

My favorite couple was Mary Grace and Thomas. What a wonderful relationship they had! It was beautiful to hear how close they still were after 70 years together.


message 23: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 2634 comments Mod
I agree Mary Grace and Thomas were a beautiful couple.

I think Emily was trying to put her head in the sand and not deal with the reality of Phillip's behavior and what it meant.


message 24: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 5115 comments Mod
Mary Grace and Thomas were my favorite couple.


message 25: by Hannah (new)

Hannah (bookwormhannah) | 2275 comments My favorites, too, Loraine!


message 26: by Kate (new)

Kate (liahonagirl) | 514 comments Bonny wrote: "I just finished this last night! I was listening to it on CD, which was a little difficult since I don't have a CD player in my van, which meant my options were: 1) Listen in the kitchen while eati..."

Not that I'm justifying either the behaviour, or the 'looking the other way', but I've seen it portrayed that boyfriends and husbands having 'something on the side' was something that was 'normal' for the more wealthy couples of the day. (Emily's story was 1912-ish, right?) Definitely goes against what we believe and stand for as people of God!


message 27: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 5115 comments Mod
Bonny wrote: "I just finished this last night! I was listening to it on CD, which was a little difficult since I don't have a CD player in my van, which meant my options were: 1) Listen in the kitchen while eati..."

I loved the genealogical mystery too Bonny since I am an avid genealogical addict!


message 28: by Melody (new)

Melody | 36 comments I just finished last night, and I loved it!
The dual timeline was one of my favorite parts. I thought it was really well done. I actually liked discovering Emily's story ending through Tim. The stories felt more connected that way.

What did you guys think about the dress/gospel analogy?

It's my first book by Rachel Hauck, but it won't be my last. I already ordered The Wedding Chapel.


message 29: by Bonny (new)

Bonny (bonnybonnybeth) | 1147 comments Melody wrote: "...What did you guys think about the dress/gospel analogy?..."

Oh wow, I totally didn't catch that, but it makes so much sense! Thanks for pointing that out, Melody!


message 30: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 5115 comments Mod
I didn't catch it either but agree it makes great sense. Hope everyone enjoyed this book as we move on to March's reads.


message 31: by Melody (new)

Melody | 36 comments Bonny wrote: "Oh wow, I totally didn't catch that, but it makes so much sense! Thanks for pointing that out, Melody!"

You're welcome :)

Rachel Hauck discuses it in her author's note at the very end of the book. And Thomas also mentions it during Charlotte and Tim's wedding ceremony.

I hadn't caught it either until Thomas pointed it out.


message 32: by Bonny (new)

Bonny (bonnybonnybeth) | 1147 comments Melody wrote: "You're welcome :)

Rachel Hauck discuses it in her author's note at the very end of the book. And Thomas also mentions it during Charlotte and Tim's wedding ceremony.

I hadn't caught it either until Thomas pointed it out. "


Oh!! I was listening to it as an audio book, so I must have missed those details. Nice!


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