Wednesday, April 4, 2012

This Book Room: The Wedding Dress

One dress. Four women. An amazing destiny.

Charlotte Malone is getting married. Yet all is not settled in the heart of Birmingham's chic bridal boutique owner. Charlotte can dress any bride to perfection-except herself. When she discovers a vintage mint-condition wedding gown in a battered old trunk, Charlotte embarks on a passionate journey to discover the women who wore the gown before her.

Emily in 1912. Mary in 1939. And Hillary in 1968. Each woman teaches Charlotte something about love in her own unique way. Woven within the threads of the beautiful hundred-year-old gown is the truth about Charlotte's heritage, the power of faith, and the beauty of finding true love.

My thoughts: Back in January, I had wrote this title down as one to read when it was published. When I was given the chance to review it, I was overjoyed - and for very good reason. The premise somewhat reminds me of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Three women have worn a dress Charlotte finds for her own wedding, and Charlotte is determined to find out the stories of the women. In finding their own stories, she finds peace within herself.

I truly enjoyed this book - I had to force myself to put it down multiple times so I could just go on with my day and get chores done. When Jason and I dated when we lived at our parents' homes, I felt a lot like Charlotte - disbelief that I could find the one I was to be with forever so soon. In fact, we started dating in October, and by January, I knew he was the one. That's really quick! The fact that it took us seven years to say "I do" isn't because we were unsure. By year 2 of our relationship, we both were beyond sure {I wanted to graduate from college, we wanted to pay for the wedding ourselves, etc. etc.}. But the first two years of our relationship, even though I was sure by month 3, there were a lot of up and downs, not dissimilar to Charlotte's and her fiance's up and downs.

When you know someone is "the one," that puts a lot of pressure onto a relationship, and I definitely put pressure on Jason to be the best man I thought he should be. But having a relationship, really having a relationship, with God settles your soul. You're at peace with yourself. You're at peace with the other's flaws - and even begin to see them as blessings.

Charlotte's journey reminded me of my own, and I was rooting for her to have the same happy ever after I'm in the midst of experiencing with my true love. You'll have to read the book to see for yourself if she does!
You can purchase the book here. You can view other blog tour stops and reviews here. Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

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)

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends 4/18/12. 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.)

So grab a few of your friends and your copy of The Wedding Dress and join Rachel on the evening of April 19th for an evening of fun.

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