The Wedding Dress, by Rachel Hauck, is a wonderful blend of contemporary and historical fiction. Our contemporary heroine, Charlotte Malone, is the proprietor of a stylish contemporary wedding dress shop in Birmingham. Yet when it comes to her own wedding dress, she can’t decide, or even decide if she really wants to get married to her finance Tim Rose at all.
Our historical heroine is Emily Canton, daughter of a Birmingham financier. It is 1912, and she is due to marry Phillip Saltonstall, the son of a family of greater wealth and social standing than her own. Her mother and future mother-in-law want her gowns made by the most fashionable seamstress in town, but Emily hates their choices and would prefer to have hers made by Taffy Hayes. But Taffy Hayes was born a slave, and having her sew Emily’s wedding dress would scandalize 1912 Birmingham.
Emily’s and Charlotte’s stories are interwoven as is the dress that they share. Charlotte purchases a trunk on a whim at an auction, finds that it has contains a wedding dress, and searches for its previous owners. Emily vacillates between the two dresses that she is having made, unsure which to wear. In addition to having to choose between two dresses, Emily must choose between two men; her finance Phillip, or Daniel, who makes little as a teacher but loved Emily since college.
In The Wedding Dress, Rachel Hauck shows that she can write historical fiction that is as engaging as her contemporary novels. If you have never read her work, this is an excellent choice to start with.
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