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The Wedding Dress

By Rachel Hauck


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.

“The story of four loveable women, miraculously bound by one gown, whose lives span a century . . . will take your breath away.” —Beth Webb Hart, bestselling author of Love, Charleston

Book Takeaway:

God is writing your story and designing your destiny -- even when you don't see it.


Year Title Description
2013 Romantic Times Inspirational Novel of the Year Awarded by RT Book Club Reviews
2013 Inspirational Readers Choice Award Best Long Romance Awarded by Faith, Hope and Love Chapter of RWA
2013 Selah Award for Best Romance Awarded by Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference
2013 RITA Nominee Awarded by Romance Writers of America
2012 Overweight Book Club Best of 2012 List Awarded by Overweight Book Club Blog
2012 Lifeway Books Best of 2012 List Awarded by Lifeway Books

Why the author wrote this book:

I had the idea of "What if..." centered around a 100 year old wedding dress. The idea bloomed to consider how one gown might impact four women not related. In the end, the gown becomes a symbol for the Gospel - always in style, always fits, never needs to be altered and never wears out.


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