Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Wedding Dress

Sometimes a book’s storytelling is so deliciously enchanting that a glance at the back of the book seems scandalous. I can’t risk diminishing the pleasure of discovering the story as it unfolds. I don’t want to be told what the book is about; I want to experience it as the characters do. No preludes. No synopsis. No back cover blurbs or enthusiastic reader reviews. Just the story pure and unspoiled.

Rachel Hauck’s latest novel — The Wedding Dress — is one such book. In fact, loving and trusting Rachel as I do, I signed up for this blog tour knowing absolutely nothing about the book. I knew she wrote it and I wanted to read it. If I were you, I would stop reading this post right now. I would get the book immediately and refuse to read anything else about it, including the back cover. Start with chapter one. You’ll love it. I promise.

If, however, you need a little more than my glowing endorsement and rationalization tips, keep reading.

The Wedding Dress
by Rachel Hauck

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Available in paperback, Kindle edition and audio versions. Thomas Nelson, 2012; ISBN: 1595549633; 352 pages.

Four brides, one dress.

Charlotte Malone owns a high-caliber bridal boutique in Birmingham. She has a gift for matching each bride with their perfect gown, but as she approaches her own wedding, perfection seems elusive. After stumbling upon an estate auction, she buys an old, sealed trunk for $1000. What's hidden inside holds the mysteries of three previous brides.

Emily in 1912. Mary in 1939. Hillary in 1968.

As Charlotte investigates the dress's history, what will she discover about the women who wore it and about herself? About love? About where she belongs?

Final Thoughts: Hands down, the best title by Rachel Hauck yet. I cannot recommend it too highly.

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