Reviewed by Rel Mollet
The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck
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"...a story to be pondered and savoured long after the last page is closed."
With an uncanny talent for matching brides with their perfect wedding dress, Charlotte Malone's bridal boutique is garnering quite the reputation in Birmingham, yet when it comes to finding her own bridal gown Charlotte is at a loss. Confused by her reluctance to finalise her wedding plans and her fiance's similar stalling, Charlotte's life is further complicated by the discovery of a vintage wedding dress in a old trunk she felt bound to purchase from an estate sale.
Pursuing the small clues contained in the trunk alongside the beautiful dress, Charlotte undertakes a journey of discovery unearthing the history of the dress and the three women who wore it on their wedding day ~ Emily in 1912, a young woman torn between two men; Mary Grace in 1939, on the eve of World War II; and Hillary in 1968, whose life will be forever changed.
As Charlotte slowly uncovers the secrets of the wedding dress and the courage and hopes of the women who wore it, she discovers her own dreams and desires are worth reaching for, and that heartache and sorrow often lead to healing and joy.
The Wedding Dress is a beautiful story about a dress that transcends time and the women who give it a measure of grace and beauty all of their own. Rachel Hauck has penned a mesmerising tale of love lost and found, courage in the face of opposition, and the reward of love forged through faith and fire. While Charlotte and Emily's stories cover the most pages, Mary Grace and Hillary's tales are just as poignant and pivotal to unearthing the spiritual themes woven just as seamlessly as the golden threads of the dress itself. With the consummate skill of an experienced and talented writer, Rachel Hauck entices the reader into each woman's journey, the history of their era and the emotion and suspense of each love story and the miraculous nature of the dress. The Wedding Dress is a story to be pondered and savoured long after the last page is closed.Rel Mollet is a lawyer, wife and mother of three young daughters and lives in Melbourne, Australia. Reading has been her passion since childhood. She is a Book Club Co-ordinator and has her own website ~ relzreviewz ~ dedicated to reviews and author interviews with the sole aim to support authors writing from a Christian worldview. She believes Sir Francis Bacon's (1561 - 1626) creed, "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body".