Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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. But with her own wedding day approaching, why can't she find the perfect dress Then Charlotte discovers a vintage dress in a battered trunk at an e Four brides.
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.
But it takes on a life of its own as she comes to know the women who have worn the dress. Emily from Mary Grace from Hillary from 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.
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I love the religious factor I am a christian and a hopeless romantic. There are so few christian romance books out there for us girls who live God and a little romance every once in a while, how can this be? Hannah i would recommend Francine Rivers to you. She's a wonderful Christian author, and has some great books. My favourite is the Mark of the Lion …more i would recommend Francine Rivers to you. My favourite is the Mark of the Lion trilogy-it follows a young Jewess who is a household slave to a Roman family and has to trust in God for her strength.
Great series, both Christian and romance! Also A Lineage of Grace is great, too. I watched a movie in early starring Neil Patrick Harris, is this the same book? I remember the dress was found in a chest and several women ended up with it as their wedding gown. My most memorable was the one who had something spilled on it only minutes before getting married.
Thanks if you can provide an answer. Emily Redenbach No, it's a similar premise but not based on this book. See all 8 questions about The Wedding Dress…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Aug 12, Sophie rated it it was ok Shelves: kindle. 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 UGH.
Details like that add to dimension and can make them seem more real. But if all the characters have the same viewpoint, then it feels like the author's opinion, not the characters'. Very distracting from the story. And that is NOT the point of literature, in my view. I want to escape, not be preached at. I want the characters to appear lifelike, not puppets. As for the writing, there was a lot of unnecessary dialogue didn't show character, move the story forward, or create tension.
The relationships were all so-so, not very well drawn. There weren't any characters that I enjoyed spending time with. I just don't get why this book has such great reviews. I suppose it's meant for Christians who want to read something that they know will be "safe. Not my cup of tea. View all 45 comments. Jun 21, Jenn O'Brien rated it liked it. As a whole, this was a good story, I liked the characters especially in 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 As a whole, this was a good story, I liked the characters especially in 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 felt like too many cooks adding an ingredient to the pot and you turn out with something where the flavors do not mesh well.
When the story begins, the reader has two primary characters - present day bridal shop owner and a bride. Where did that come from?
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For me at least, that spoiled the ending of the book. View all 5 comments. Mar 19, Katie rated it it was amazing. 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 First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer. And while one might think that this would get confusing, Rachel Hauck did an outstanding job in making each person unique and stand out to the reader. I just loved the funny quirks some of them had! Especially the "Man in Purple" character. Put me in mind of all those sayings about 'angels in our midst'. But she won me over almost instantly!
The way she transports her readers between historical and contemporary times was really neat, unique, and well done. The writing style was sharp and vivid, grabbing my attention from the first page. There were several passionate kisses between characters, but Hauck keeps the details down, making The Wedding Dress a book to be recommended for both older and younger readers—anyone who is a true romantic at heart will be heaving sighs and wiping tears by the end. I highly recommend! Feb 22, Deanne Patterson rated it it was amazing Shelves: library-copy.
Wow,this book was mystical,magical,sweet,sassy,spunky,redeeming and it felt like fairy dust was sprinkled within the pages. I absolutely loved it! View all 4 comments. Aug 04, Erin rated it liked it Shelves: kindle. How would it get to them? What kind of women would they be? How would their love stories end? Is it possible for the dress to fit them all? Rachel Hauck provides a modern day Christian romance that made me believe in the magic of this story. A totally endearing story from beginning to end. View 2 comments. This is officially one of my all time favorite books!
View all 7 comments. May 17, Kimberly rated it it was ok. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. While I did like this underlying premise of the book There is the whole "magical negro trope" represented by Taffy, the black dress maker. She appears, makes this magical dress of which the entire novel is centered that transends time, and of course imparts her "wisdom" on Emily about the courage she is going to need to make the right decision as to which While I did like this underlying premise of the book She appears, makes this magical dress of which the entire novel is centered that transends time, and of course imparts her "wisdom" on Emily about the courage she is going to need to make the right decision as to which person to marry.
Then becasue apparently no novel set the south can be without this element there is the great white savior trope.
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OF COURSE the author had to mention serveral times how Emily fought for the rights of the convict workers and how "brave" she was for being the first white women to wear a wedding dress made by a person of color, with no mention of the danger or sacrifice of Taffy. Its always about how "revoluntionary" white people are when it comes to race issues.
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By the time I read that Emily was arrested for breaking Jim Crow laws but Taffy got away without punishment in , i had already made up my mind this book should stay firmly on the purely fiction shelf. Dec 26, Obsidian rated it it was ok Shelves: did-not-finish. My own fault for buying this book without double-checking the genre. I have to be in the mood to read Christian romance. Most of it doesn't float my boat at all. This one was distracting with the asides to prayers and seeking out God.
It didn't feel organic to the story at all. Coupled with two boring characters with the same voice I was not in the mood to continue the book. The characters I read were Charlotte present day character and Emily living in taking place in Birmingham. I think My own fault for buying this book without double-checking the genre. I think that if the story had managed to flow between the present and past much better I could have stayed engaged. Instead everytime the story shifted I felt like I was hitting a mental brick wall and it would take me forever to get back into the story.
I finally just gave up at page 72 and moved onto another book. Jul 12, Casey rated it it was amazing. Four women. Four generations. Four love stories. One dress. With four stories to weave into one, I thought parts of the plot would feel lacking, but quite the contrary. I wanted to spend more time with these characters, but not because I felt I needed to know them better, but because they become a close part of my life in such a short time.
I loved the little quirks of dialogue, character depth and portrayal and the seamless weaving of all these stories as though one large and gorgeous tapestry. Being a hopeless romantic, the thought of one dress, always fitting the bride with no altering left me just a bit light in the chest. But it was the stories of these woman that moved my heart.
But the story trumps all. And one that will find a most fitting place on my keeper shelf. No altering required. This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers through Litfuse for my copy to review. Dec 31, Roxanne rated it did not like it Shelves: I blame myself for this one. I jumped into this because I saw it was on sale for the Nook, checked Goodreads and the rating was fairly high, and thought the plot looked interesting.
If I had researched a bit more, I would have probably discovered that this was VERY religious in nature and wasn't at all the historical fiction that I thought it was going to be. This read like a Duggar wrote it and I don't mean that in a good way at all. I'm not against Christian novels when they are presented that I blame myself for this one. I'm not against Christian novels when they are presented that way and when the plot stands on its own example - I love the Mitford series , but this book was all about weak women trying to find the right guy.
Well, got my worst book of the year taken care of early, I guess! Dec 18, Gwendolyn Gage rated it it was amazing Shelves: almost-favorites.
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 This charming romance blends both Contemporary and Historical through unique characters spanning a hundred years.
The Wedding Dress is beautifully written in a style that sang to my internal editor. Every scene had purpose and moved the story forward, and though the pace was slower than what I prefer, it was ideal for Contemporary Romance. Kudos to the author for such a fantastic ending, one I didn't see coming until well into the book--a perfect example of how to do a HEA happily ever after mixed with that "unknown" element readers crave. Only one other author was able to surprise me at the end, and both surprises came about because the author broke out of the mold other CBA authors rarely stray from.
The one thing that grated was Emily's determination to please others, even at the cost of closing her eyes to obvious truth. I wanted to scream at her and shake some sense into her--maybe because I have people-pleasing tendencies myself--and if it weren't for a connection with Charlotte, I might have stopped reading the book altogether.
But by the end, I wanted to hug Emily and commend her for her courage, lol. It's a talented author that can breathe life and real personalities into imaginary characters, and Hauck wowed me with her ability to redeem Emily and turn her into a true heroine. I loved the man who dressed in purple, and the supernatural element that surrounded his character. More and more CBA books seem to be incorporating a thread of the supernatural, and I love it!
Feb 10, Staci rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in Beautiful story. Main character Charlotte is living in today's world with all its modern conveniences and technology. Secondary character Emily lived during the early s. Despite the large time span, both women went through a journey to find their true love. The wedding dress that bound Charlotte and Emily together was a representation of God's love. This was a lovely novel about love. A perfect Valentine Month read. My gratitude to the author for an autographed copy of The Wedding Dress.
I was Beautiful story. I was not required to write a review and the opinions expressed are my own. May 11, Lan rated it it was ok. Some caveats before I get into the meat of this review: 1 I am a Christian and I knew this was Christian Fiction going in. It just depends what you're into. I'll start with the negative: this book was about what I expected.
To me, Christian fiction seems to be one of Some caveats before I get into the meat of this review: 1 I am a Christian and I knew this was Christian Fiction going in. To me, Christian fiction seems to be one of two things: overwrought, symbolic fantasy 'for the teenagers', and overly sugary sweet romance 'for the women' this also splits into the lesser 'don't worry about boys yet' genre 'for the teen girls'.
Don't ask me to explain it. This definitely falls into the overbearingly sentimental romance genre. It fills all the stereotypes and all the cliches. None of the characters are particularly deep -- yet have supposedly deep faith -- and the relationships seem equally shallow. The premise is interesting, but hampered by holes in the plot.
There are some things that are never really explained, for example: the purple man is I think supposed to be God? Daniel Ludlow rides a horse into a church and suffers no consequences? Nor does the horse have any difficulties with this? Emily stays with Philip up to the very end, even though he's cheating on her, with no real explanation other than he's hot?
This last point is the most difficult for me to swallow. Emily is strongwilled and says repeatedly that she a doesn't want to be with someone who's not in love with her, and b is in love with Daniel, not Philip. But Philip is hot and naturally the happy ending can't happen until the end, so she has to stay with Philip because it is the only way the plot works -- even though this is incongruous with her entire character. The author could have used a million other reasons for why a relationship between Daniel and Emily could not be, but instead they chose a very weak -- and frankly, uninteresting -- reason.
This reason is such a weak plot device that it creates inconsistencies not only in Emily's character but also in the characters of her parents. The other problem with Philip is that the novel sets him up as this huge cad for stepping out on his intended, and the problem is simply resolved with a few terse lines from Emily. She dismisses his infidelity and essentially gives him permission to be with Emmeline, so I suppose we are meant to assume that those two work out 'happily ever after' even though his parents have forbidden the relationship and threatened to disinherit him.
But I suppose that just goes away once Emily has spoken. On a side note, the disinheritance threat seems to come out of absolutely nowhere, like a deus ex machina. For a novel that's definitely trying to make a point about the sanctity of love, a complete failure to address infidelity seems counterproductive. My other main concern with this novel is one that can be applied to in my experience this entire genre. Why do we, as Christians, produce so much fiction 'for women' that is exactly the same as regular romantic fiction, minus the sex and plus some lyrics from worship songs?
Can't we do any better? Is there nothing else Christian women care about? This is the 21st century, and Christian fiction still acts like women are only interested in getting married and having children, which is not even Biblical both Jesus and Paul say it's better to stay single if you can so don't tell me it's our 'job' as Christians to have babies. For that matter, why is getting married and having children treated as the ultimate goal for all Christians, regardless of gender? Tim has to give up his unreligious love of motocross to be truly devoted to Charlotte and raise a family.
I don't buy that. As a Christian, there is nothing we should love more than God, and we should definitely love each other more than things or hobbies, and I think the author wants us to think Tim gives up motocross for God, but that's not what the plot or the characters actually say: they make it seem like he gives it up to get Charlotte back; it doesn't feel like it has anything to do with God at all.
I think the criticisms I've seen from non-Christians on this book, that it's too preachy or that all the characters have the same viewpoint because they're all Christian are somewhat valid points. The problem for me when reading Christian fiction I haven't read a lot, mind you, because most of it sucks is that everyone's faith seems too easy. I think a lot of us Christians can live in a vacuum: sure, we interact with non-Christians at work and out in public, but for a lot of us, religion is a family affair, and a lot of our close friends are also religious.
To that end, the complaint that every character in this book is a Christian is pretty invalid: this is the reality for a lot of Christians. As human beings, we gravitate towards people who think like us because we share commonalities and understand each others goals.
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It's a lot easier for a Christian to understand wanting to follow God and the Bible than a non-Christian who doesn't have the same background knowledge. That said, however, no one in this genre really seems to struggle with their faith, which is a very real thing that happens to Christians all the time. Once in my life, I'd like to see a real, down to earth, boots on the ground approach to Christian fiction.
Sure, there are times in our faith journeys that can only be described in cheesy, Christian-ese terms, but there's also parts that are dark and angry, where we rail and yell and even swear at God sometimes. I just feel that this type of novel is only useful to a generally content Christian.
It's not going to push you to go outside your comfort zone, it's not going to make you feel like you've been in the same rock-bottom valley as the characters, it's just nice and everything works out nice because God's in control. But I think it's dishonest as Christians to assume that everything will always be our definition of good, just because God's in control: 'everything works together for good', but that's according to God, and I think a lot of the time we're not honest about the fact that that 'good for God and His plan for the world' is not the same as 'good for us'.
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