Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Book Review: The Wedding Dress

The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck is a little bit of every kind of book I love! It’s a contemporary novel. It’s a historical novel. It’s a fairytale with a mystical wedding dress and, perhaps, a fairy godfather. It’s an allegory. It’s full of romance and mystery and heartache and joy. I’m pretty sure it’s the very best book I’ve had the privilege to read yet this year!

When Charlotte and her ex-fiancé find a wedding dress in a trunk that she purchased at an auction kinda-sorta reluctantly, they wonder what it means. The dress was supposedly made in 1912, but looks brand new and never worn. Charlotte sets out to solve the mystery, following the clues found on a pair of dog tags and a pie shop business card. As she works her way back in time, author Rachel Hauck takes readers straight to the beginning . . .

In 1912, Emily Canton is engaged to Phillip Saltonstall. But Daniel Ludlow longs to win her hand. As far as Emily is concerned, she’s given her word to Phillip. It’s too late for changes to be made. But is Phillip as honorable to his word as Emily is to hers?

Between these stories, there are two more—of Hillary and MaryGrace. All are connected beautifully into one amazing story—about a wedding dress and the brides it seems to choose.

I thank Thomas Nelson Publishers for sending a complimentary copy of this book for my review. I truly enjoyed the story and am sure others will, too.
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