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Review: The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck

Charlotte, owner of a bridal salon, can’t seem to get around to choosing her own wedding dress.  Her fiancé Tim is having a hard time getting down to wedding preparations as well. When Charlotte spends $1000 on a trunk at an auction, Tim is very upset.  But what is hidden in that trunk, welded shut?  And who is the mysterious man in the purple shirt?  And what is true love anyhow?

In another time, another place, Emily discovers that her father has hidden Daniel’s letters…but it is too late; she is engaged to Philip.  And marry him she will, but in the gown she chooses herself, not the one her mother wants.  But why is Philip so unpredictable?  And why is everyone upset that she wants a dress made by a colored designer?

Charlotte, Tim, and Emily are loveable people.  They thought and wondered, made decisions and suffered the consequences, grew and changed, and became more and more endearing.  But all the rest of the characters were like a dream, adapting to what they were needed to do, changing and adjusting and appearing when needed, just like the wedding dress. 

At first, The Wedding Dress had me turning pages as quickly as I could, enthralled.  But then I started laughing.  In the wrong spots, I think.  The story was just too surreal for words, like a crazy dream that gets even crazier.  But it was fun, and it was freeing in a strange way.  I’m not sure if I like the book or not; I do know I’ll never forget it.   

And at the end, I found out that the wedding dress itself is meant to symbolize the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

 If you like drama, wedding dresses, inexplicable events, pizza, and history with a good dose of modern life thrown in, then you’ll like this book.  I think.  If you like allegories, you’ll find it intriguing.  Do you want to learn more about this fun, crazy, and thought-provoking story of love and a wedding dress?  You can read more reviews, or buy the book here

Disclosure: I received a free copy of The Wedding Dress from Litfuse in order to give you my honest opinion.

This is my 19th book in the 2012 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge, and is also linked to Saturday Reviews.


  1. Jenn4him says:

    Interesting. I like wedding dresses, but am not crazy about modern life. I’ll go see what the other reviews say. Is this a book for a young girl, age 12?

  2. Annie Kate says:

    I wouldn’t give it to a 12 year old, but I’m pretty fussy. It’s clean and wholesome, but I find 12 years old a bit young to be wondering about what true love is. Chasing the Sun (reviewed last week) could work for a 12 year old, but it has a very nasty character.

    Has she read These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder (and the others in the series)? To my mind that’s one of the best books for girls. But there are many other good ones. I should post a list sometime. 🙂 Some of Janette Oke’s books are sweet…but too many in a row are not good either.

  3. Kim says:

    It certainly sounds like it has a lot of twists and turns! Appreciate your two cents on this book. While it sounds interesting, it doesn’t sound like my cup of tea. Thanks for posting your review and coming by NOBH!

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