The Wedding Dress, with Giveaway

by Lauren


Charlotte owns a bridal boutique in Birmingham, Alabama, and finding the perfect dress for every bride is her passion. But while she is a master at dressing others, she can’t find a dress for her own wedding. At an auction, Charlotte buys an old trunk, which contains a beautiful vintage gown. Unfortunately, her relationship falls apart, and she decides she was meant to help brides, without being one herself. As the story of the wedding dress unfolds, however, Charlotte learns about her own family history, and finds direction for her future.

The Wedding Dress tells Charlotte’s story. Author Rachel Hauck masterfully weaves in Charlotte’s present-day narrative with the stories of several women from the past, all bound together by the unique wedding dress. This novel contains the fun of contemporary fiction and historical fiction all wrapped into one package, and it is a story I enjoyed from the opening pages. Being from the south, I especially enjoyed the Birmingham setting and appreciated reading about the racial tensions and difficult working conditions for so many in the early 1900’s. As the novel tracked the stories of several women, I found myself cheering for them all in different ways, and I enjoyed the way Rachel Hauck tied everything together in the end. The only part of the story I didn’t enjoy was a recurring, mysterious God-like character. Although I appreciated the message of God’s providence and redemption implied through the use of this character, I felt I could have understood the meaning in a more subtle way.

The Wedding Dress is a fantastic story, and I highly recommend it. I can’t wait to pass my copy on to a friend who lives in Birmingham, and I am excited that we have two copies to give to our readers. If you are interested in reading The Wedding Dress, please leave a comment on this post. We’ll announce two winners on April 25.

Additionally, in honor of this new release, Rachel Hauck is engaging in a conversation about true beauty, and she is hosting her own giveaway, which includes a $200 Visa card, gift certificates, books, and more! Click on the button below for more information.

Rachel Hauck $200 Cash Giveaway

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Lauren is a wife, mother of two, and an avid reader. She blogs at Baseballs and Bows.

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{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Liz April 14, 2012 at 9:13 am

Another new-to-me author. Thanks for the giveaway.


2 Sandra K321 April 14, 2012 at 9:36 am

This sounds like a very enjoyable book. Please include me in the drawing.


3 Jen April 14, 2012 at 9:44 am

Count me in!
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4 Gail April 14, 2012 at 9:58 am

Please include me..thanks!


5 Becky April 14, 2012 at 10:12 am

Sounds like a fantastic book! Thanks for the chance!


6 Ellie April 14, 2012 at 10:56 am

thanks for this wonderful giveaway.


7 Lauren April 25, 2012 at 8:32 am

Congrats! You won a copy of The Wedding Dress. Please respond with your mailing information.


8 Mama Bear April 14, 2012 at 11:35 am

Sounds like a lovely read…and set in Birmingham, Alabama, a city I once called home.
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9 Joy April 14, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Sounds like a beautiful story!


10 Colleen Turner April 14, 2012 at 3:20 pm

This sounds like a wonderful story! Please include me in your giveaway!


11 Angela E. April 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Would really love to read.


12 Beth C April 14, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Beautiful cover. I love to read about weddings!


13 Marjorie April 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm

A really great storyline and I would love to read this book.


14 Beth April 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm

This looks lovely! I’d love to win!

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15 Mary Preston April 14, 2012 at 8:33 pm

I would love to read THE WEDDING DRESS thank you. It looks wonderful.



16 Kim April 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Looks like an interesting story, I’d love to win! Thanks.


17 Janelle April 14, 2012 at 10:26 pm

I’d love to read this book! Both my mother and I wore my grandmother’s dress on our respective wedding days. Obviously I’m a fan of any stories about vintage gowns.
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18 Tammy Gordon April 14, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Sounds like a great book!


19 Natalia April 14, 2012 at 11:51 pm

I’d like to read this book.


20 Cindi April 14, 2012 at 11:59 pm

The cover of Rachel’s book is lovely! The premise of her book and how
Charlotte’s life unfolds sounds fabulous…This is a book that I would
enjoy reading and passing on to family and friends!
Many thanks, Cindi


21 Krista April 15, 2012 at 2:17 am

I like Rachel Hauck’s books! :)
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22 Sara April 15, 2012 at 2:58 am

I would love to win this! Sounds great!
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23 Joyness Sparkles April 15, 2012 at 9:16 am

This book looks amazing! It has everything…relationships, history and even a wedding dress! I really hope I win!
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24 Carolyn Wolfe April 15, 2012 at 10:32 am

I am very interested in reading this book, it sounds intriguing tying many lives to one very special dress. I am looking forward to reading it.


25 Merry April 15, 2012 at 1:29 pm

The Wedding Dress sounds like a lovely story of romance and history. Please add me!


26 Dianne April 15, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Ths premise for this book sounds interesting. Added it to my TBR list.


27 Stacie Gorkow April 15, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Sounds like a great read! Romance and history are great combinations!
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28 Lauren April 25, 2012 at 8:32 am

Congratulations! You won a copy of The Wedding Dress. Please respond with your mailing address.


29 Linda Kish April 15, 2012 at 10:26 pm

I would love to win/read this book. It sounds terrific.

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30 Angela Calvert April 16, 2012 at 9:39 am

I would love to win! Thanks for the giveaway!


31 Jenn April 16, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Historical and Contemporary fiction woven together into one book? Yep! Sounds great – thanks for the giveaway!


32 June April 16, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Good one for me to read, thanks


33 Garrett April 17, 2012 at 12:52 pm

My girlfriend would like to win this book.


34 Jeff April 17, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Please enter me for this one also,thanks


35 samantha w April 18, 2012 at 8:01 am

would like to read this one


36 Van April 18, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Sounds like a very good story.


37 Chuck April 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm

So many stories behind one dress.


38 Carol M April 18, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I would love to read this! Thank you!


39 Don April 19, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Good book for the misses to read.


40 Dianne April 20, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Sound like a good summer read. Thanks for the giveaway


41 Lori April 21, 2012 at 11:44 am

Thanks for sharing.


42 Staci A April 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm

It sounds like a great book!


43 Anita Yancey April 21, 2012 at 6:34 pm

This book sounds very interesting. I also like the fact it is set in Birmingham. I would really enjoy reading this book. Please enter me. Thanks!


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