- Paperback: 343 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishing; 1st edition (April 6, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595549633
- ISBN-13: 978-1595549631
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4,104 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I expected a sweet, fluffy story going in but found myself pleasantly surprised to come to the last page and realize I really loved this tale! The different points of history are all fascinating and each character is unique and life-like. There are good-hearted characters to cheer for and wicked people to cut eyes at (figuratively, of course). I can't think of one character here, good or bad, that did not hold my interest til the end! And the mystery of the dress itself -- I had to know how all these stories tied together! There's also the cute couplings to enjoy -- the back and forth struggle between Charlotte and her man (not a bad struggle though -- more of a "man, it'll be great when they come around" kind of tension), even through their rough patches they had nice banter and sweet, honest moments. I think my favorite, though, was Mary Grace and her husband as they were portrayed as the old couple in the retirement home, still looking out for each other. Having known couples like that when I worked in those kinds of homes, it definitely brought some warm-fuzzies to my heart :-)
I liked that this story had the blend of sweet, mysterious and heart-tugging without getting over-the-top sappy. These characters just felt like straight-up good people you'd know or meet in your everyday life. That tiniest vein of magical realism -- with the mystery man in purple -- was a pretty cool touch to keep the pages turning as well!
I am a Christian and a believer in the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers and unbelievers alike. I can't remember where or how I learned of this book but by the time I got around to reading it I had no idea what to expect. I have read a large number of "romance novels" that include foul language, sex, sex, and more sex. I was more or less expecting the same with this book. Boy was I wrong.
I'm not surprised that readers who are not committed to the Lord and His work in the lives of individuals found it too "Christian" for their tastes. I really enjoyed it. It is a romance novel without any overt sex (just a few hints of what a man wants to do to his fiance') and it has mystery surrounding the title theme, the wedding dress. It is a good, clean, enjoyable story ranging from 1912 to the present day. The characters are believable and their situations plausible.
I recommend this book, even for those young people who enjoyed the Twilight series (I enjoyed those books too and I am 75 years old).