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The Wedding Dress

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

One of the best in the genre!

I think this book has the potential to be the new "Redeeming Love" of Christian romance. It was the first book I've read in ages that I absolutely couldn't put down.

posted by 15460068 on January 25, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

8 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

The Wedding Dress was a sweet story overall, but one that I neve

The Wedding Dress was a sweet story overall, but one that I never really considered giving more than three stars to. I liked the idea of the wedding dress that gets passed from woman to woman and magically fits them all without alterations (think: the jeans from the Si...
The Wedding Dress was a sweet story overall, but one that I never really considered giving more than three stars to. I liked the idea of the wedding dress that gets passed from woman to woman and magically fits them all without alterations (think: the jeans from the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, only with the dress passing through time and between relative strangers rather than going by mail among the four friends), and for the most part enjoyed the back-and-forth perspective in the novel between the current heroine (Charlotte) and the dress's original owner (Emily). I even enjoyed seeing things from their significant others' viewpoints as well (Tim and Daniel). The few times it went beyond that, though--especially the solitary time we saw things from the point-of-view of the dress's second owner--seemed more forced. In that instance, it really seemed as if the story could have been just told by the character to Charlotte in the present (which is actually how Charlotte learned the story anyway, so it would have made sense to do it that way.)

I'm not quite sure I exactly understand who the man in purple is supposed to be--I gather he has something to do with the passing on of the dress, and imagine there must be some sort of Biblical/religious reference that I'm just not getting--but I almost feel as if the story would have been stronger without his involvement in it. He didn't do much more for me beyond making me scratch my head a bit, wondering just who he was. This book too was a bit heavier on the Christian aspect than I am usually comfortable with, though it was fairly secondary until the end, when I felt like I was getting bashed over the head with the "This is Christian Fiction!" stick.

One of my favorite parts of the story was the history of Birmingham as seen through Emily's portions--they offered a fascinating glimpse into the pre-Civil Rights era South. I thought that bit was very well done.

Overall, I did enjoy this book. People who appreciate Christian fiction with a historical fiction twist as well should find it a solid read.

posted by beckymmoe on May 17, 2012

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  • Posted March 17, 2012

    ABOUT two months away from her wedding, Charlotte Malone starts

    ABOUT two months away from her wedding, Charlotte Malone starts having second thoughts. On one of her jaunts to clear her head, she finds herself in the middle of an auction and ends up bidding for and buying a century-old trunk.
    In it, she discovers a wedding dress and Charlotte, who owns a bridal shop, knows that it’s special right away. Although a hundred years old, the dress looks like it’s never been worn.
    But it has; by three different women who each have a different story in which the same wedding dress plays a part. As Charlotte tracks the past down, she slowly discovers more about herself as well.
    While I liked the premise of the story -- one wedding dress passed down over a hundred years to four different women with unique stories -- I didn’t like the actual story.
    The inclusion of deus ex machina in the story was extremely jarring (almost nonsensical), the characters one-dimensional and the historical bits not detailed enough to be historical at all.
    The ending made me go, “What the hell? Seriously, that’s it?” The Wedding Dress was too Mitch Albom-y without having the same emotional arm twisting that Albom’s books deliver.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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