The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck
Genre: Christian Fiction, Romance, Historical Fiction
Length: 9 hours and 50 minutes
Narrator: Eleni Pappageorge
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Four brides. One Dress.Charlotte is has a wedding dress boutique and she's great at matching the perfect dress to the perfect girl. When she can't find a wedding dress for her own upcoming nuptials, she begins to question her own relationship. While at an auction she feels compelled to build on an old trunk which has interesting contents. To distract herself from her own relationship she becomes fascinated with finding the owner of the beautiful trunk and the dress inside. Meanwhile the reader gets insight into the lives of the previous owner of the 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.
On the story...
I rushed to get this audio from my library after reading a review from Juju from Tales of Whimsy and I really enjoyed this audio. The story is interesting and compelling. I loved the realism of Charlotte and Tim's relationship. Charlotte seemed mature without being perfect. Also the mystery involving the wedding dress kept my interest from beginning to the end. It has an air of magical realism and I loved the stories of the other women though some were sad.
On the narrator..
Miss Pappageorge did a good job. All the characters were easily discernible. The accents were believable and all the voices were easy to listen to.
I'm so glad I read Juju's review because this was a solid enjoyable read that had me reflecting on life right along with Charlotte.