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Summary

Four brides throughout time. One dress that ties them all together. The New York Times best seller from award-winning author Rachel Hauck! 

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 purchases 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?

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 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 beauty of finding true love.

Rachel Hauck sweeps the listener away in this New York Times best-selling tale of faith, redemption, and timeless love.

Praise for The Wedding Dress:

"Hauck weaves an intricately beautiful story centering around a wedding dress passed down through the years...considering the spiritual message both on the surface and between the lines, this novel is incredible. Readers will laugh, cry and treasure this book." (RT Book Reviews, Top Pick! for The Wedding Dress)

Sweet contemporary romance novel with a split-time period

Part of the Wedding Collection of stand-alone novels:

  • Book 1: The Wedding Dress
  • Book 2: The Wedding Chapel
  • Book 3: The Wedding Shop
©2012 Rachel Hauck (P)2018 Thomas Nelson

Critic reviews

The Wedding Dress is a seamless tale of enduring love that weaves the past and present in an intricate, wedding dress mystery. Hauck again manages to mesmerize for well over 300 pages with quirky characters, a compelling plot, and a satisfying happily-ever-after. Highly recommended!” (Denise Hunter, best-selling author of the Blue Ridge Romance Novels)

The Wedding Dress will capture you from page one with a story only Rachel Hauck could weave.” (Jenny B. Jones, award-winning author of There You’ll Find Me)

“Rachel Hauck enchants us again! Tenley and Birdie are bound together by the understanding that creativity is a guiding force and that their stories must be told. A tale both bittersweet and redemptive, The Writing Desk is your must-read.” (Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times best-selling author)

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Interesting genre

I read to the end as I’d never come across a book quite like it. It was an easy read and interesting idea and I enjoyed it. If you’re a Christian you may well enjoy thinking about whether God involves himself in such daily detail as the book supposes. I for one would welcome it, but am sceptical. Rather sadly I tend to think we’re like ants trying to understand an elephant. Perhaps the fault is in me and I’m just not good enough, or trying hard enough, I don’t know.

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  • Crystal
  • 10-04-18

Loved it!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Wedding Dress to be better than the print version?
Yes! I so enjoyed listening to the book. Of course, I prefer listening to reading because I can listen while I do other things like household chores or driving.

What about Windy Lanzl’s performance did you like?
I really enjoyed her performance. She did a great job with the characters. I was able to "forget" she was there and feel the different characters in the story come alive.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
No, nothing extreme. There were humorous moments, sad moments, and moments that made me cringe, but nothing that shocked me. It was an enjoyable ride.

Any additional comments?
This is one of my favorites of Rachel Hauk. It was well written and kept me interested throughout the 10 hours of listening!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-05-18

A thoroughly enjoyable read!

This is the first of Rachel Hauck's work that I have read. I really enjoyed the story. She developed the characters and storyline at a good pace and even though she frequently shifts character voices and points of view, I did not get confused about who was speaking. It is a great light-hearted listen. Great for the beach or vacation.

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  • Carina Myburgh
  • 28-11-18

What a beautiful story!

It spoke into my heart from the start and just kept on delivering on it's promise. So beautiful!!

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  • Teresa
  • 07-11-19

Thur Time Love is never ending...

Loved this audio with the wedding dress and how it came around to tie all the years together in the end . Have listened to this audio over and over it's a KEEPER...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-11-18

Loved this book

This was a book I didn’t want to reach the end. It was humorous, romantic, magical. It didn’t fee like reading a story, but more like being part of the story

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  • Amanda Aquae
  • 05-07-19

Wonderful story, decent reader

It is so refreshing and uplifting to find a very well-written story of love, mystery, and romance that has characters of faith and morals! The narrator is a little stiff, but nothing too distracting.
Definitely worth the read/listen!

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  • Mary A.
  • 29-10-18

An inspiring romance novel

This wasn’t at all what I expected, but it was perfect for a long drive on a fall day.

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  • Georgie Moseley
  • 01-09-20

Joy, Blessings and Surprises!

Could not stop listening! So many surprises! Quickly became one of my favorites! Did not want it to end!!

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  • DeRoseBreathe
  • 25-03-20

A beautiful interweaved story

4 women, 100 years, one family that they didn’t even know they were from one another, and a beautiful God prepared dress made by a simple “carpenter “ that nobody would think anything would come any good of so to speak.
Great story

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  • Michelle
  • 12-06-19

Life of faith love & a magic dress

It's a christian book for the young. Also about faith in God to carry you through difficult situations. Then the magic of a wedding dress very much like the sisterhood of the travelling pants.

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