The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck (review and giveaway)

Renee Ann Smith —  April 14, 2012 — 16 Comments

UPDATE: Giveaway winners announced here.

What is it about a wedding that turns even the most unsentimental heart to mush? Or that transforms an ordinary man and woman in a tux and white gown into emissaries of True Love Always? Maybe it’s the rich biblical symbolism that makes us swoon over bride and groom—because God so often uses the wedding metaphor to describe how He woos us. (“As a young man marries a maiden, so your sons marry you. As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.” ~ from Isaiah) Wherever the magic stems from, Rachel Hauck has infused it into her charming new book, The Wedding Dress.

The story begins with Charlotte Malone, a bridal boutique owner who dresses brides for a living yet can’t summon any enthusiasm for own wedding. Charlotte attends an estate sale and feels compelled to bid on a mysterious battered trunk. When she finally breaks through the trunk’s welded lock, she discovers a vintage wedding dress. The book then moves from present day to 1912 so we can understand how the unusual dress came to be through suffragette Emily’s story. As Charlotte works out the history of the dress, we learn about Mary Grace in 1939 and Hillary from 1968. But it’s the connection between Emily and Charlotte and what they learn about true love that really makes this story special. Though I knew there had to be an HEA (Happily Ever After) coming, I enjoyed every discovery and lover’s quarrel and sweet reconciliation along the way. I’d love to see this as a Hallmark movie!

I adore my Kindle. However, I keep hard copies of favorite stories so I can share them with my friends. And I’ve already thought of several folks I want to pass this book along to—a few of my avid teen readers at school, a friend who has cancer and delights in heartwarming stories, and a recently engaged bride-to-be. Now that I think of it, I may need more than one copy! How about you?  You can purchase your pass-along-copies of The Wedding Dress at this link.

***Thanks to Litfuse and Thomas Nelson for providing my review copy.

What is “true” beauty? Join the conversation at Rachel’s Author Chat Party Event Page. On the eventing of 4/19 we’ll gather to talk about inner and outer beauty and share moments of beauty in our lives.

In the meantime, celebrate with Rachel by entering her True Beauty Giveaway!

One “beautiful” winner will receive:

  • A $200 Visa Cash Card (Treat yourself to a spa day or weekend get-away!)
  • The Wedding Dress (by Rachel Hauck)

Winner will be announced at Rachel’s “True Beauty” Facebook Party on  4/19. Rachel will be hosting an evening of beauty (inner/outer) chat, fun trivia, laughter, and encouragement – bring your friends! She’ll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books, and a Book Club Prize Pack! (Ten copies of the book for your small group or book club and a live chat with Rachel via Skype.)

About the author: Rachel Hauck is the bestselling author of Carol Award winner Sweet Caroline, and RITA Finalist Love Starts With Elle, and of the critically acclaimed fiction collaboration with multi-platinum country artist Sara Evans, The Songbird Novels.

She lives in sunny, though sometimes hurricane-plagued, central Florida with her husband and their ornery pets. Rachel earned a degree in Journalism form Ohio State University and is a huge Buckeyes football fan. She is the past president of American Christian Fiction Writers and now sits on the board as an adviser. Visit her web site at to read her blog and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

16 responses to The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck (review and giveaway)

  1. Thanks for the contest. I have not read any of Rachel’s books yet, but I’ve heard good things, so this one would probably be a nice start:)

  2. The book looks wonderful! Thank you so much for the contest, and best wishes on the book. =)

  3. Heading over to purchase a book now. This sounds intriguing and will be my first read of Rachals.

  4. Thank you and God Bless you and your family

  5. Thanks for joining in the fun today, ladies!

  6. This book sounds like a wonderful read. I share your love of books and the ability to share them with others. My neighbor has shared her books with me for over 30 years, God bless her. I share books with family and my nurses who I see every 5 weeks. It’s great to have heartwarming books to share with others. Thanks for your reviews Renee. I’m always looking for new authors. 🙂

  7. I’m new to Rachel Hauck, and this book sounds good!


  8. Love Rachel’s books! My favorite is Love Starts with Elle. And The Wedding Dress sounds like another great story. Thanks for sharing your review.

  9. I’m sure you ladies who are new to Rachel’s books will love them! So glad you entered the contest.

  10. I’ve heard so many good things about this book! I’m waiting on my library copy 🙂 Thanks for sharing your review and the giveaway info.

  11. looks like a good book thanks

  12. I would love to win and be able to read what would be for me another new author.
    I can’t attend the party with caring for my mil who has Alzheimer’s, but for those who do, have fun!
    I will look for the book sometime in the future when finances with care taking aren’t so tight, thank you for the invite anyway!

  13. Great to “see” you here, gals!

  14. Has your daughter read The Princess by Lori Wick? A must-read! It is one of my favorite books at the moment and I’ve reread it at least 10x.

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