Rachel Hauck’s acclaimed novel, The Wedding Dress, is now available from Thomas Nelson.
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.
Enjoy meeting Charlotte, Tim, Emily & Daniel!
|Photo: Alexx Henry/2009 Crown Media
Brief physical description
Charlotte – Dark. Olive skin, hazel eyes, dark hair.. Famous actress might be Jennifer Esposito from Blue Bloods.
Emily – fair,, brown hair. Has a pompador. Young Greer Garson
Daniel – dark hair.. Can’t remember his eyes. Think Robert Wagner when he was young!
Tim – Taylor Kitsch. Nuff said.
Strengths and weaknesses
Emily is strong enough to stand up for what she believes in and confront social norms and racism. But not quite strong enough to defy her father and marry the man she loves. At first…
Charlotte can dress any bride but herself.
Daniel loves Emily but gives up too easily. Yet, he’s a man of honor.
Tim can’t quite grow up until he realizes he might lose the love of his life.
Your inspiration for the character
Inspiration came from all over the place. The dress had to be a central point of the book so I worked at creating characters that would understand and define the gown.
Background to the story
I’d gone to Nashville for a girl’s weekend and we got to talking about weddings and wedding dresses. Something in the conversation triggered my creative juices and I was off in story land dreaming of a hundred year old wedding gown and all of the possible “what ifs.”
This book just seemed to write itself. It’s a rare for idea hit fast and stick but I knew The Wedding Dress would be a book. I pitched it to my editor a few days later and she was sold on the idea as much as I. I’m glad. I love this story!
Relz Reviewz Extras
Reviews of Dining with Joy, The Sweet By and By, Love Starts With Elle, Sweet Caroline and Diva NashVegas
Interview with Rachel
Visit Rachel’s website
Buy Rachel’s books at Amazon or Koorong