The Wedding Dress Christmas on Tour with Celebrate Lit: Book Review + Giveaway

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own. 


About the Book


Book:  The Wedding Dress Christmas
Author: Rachel Hauck
Genre: Romance, Christmas
Release Date: October 22, 2019

December covers quaint Heart’s Bend, Tennessee with a blanket of white and the glitter of Christmas lights.

For JoJo Castle there’s no place like home. It’s her safe place. Her one-time love of adventure ended when life in the big city shattered her hopes and dreams. Now that she’s returned to Hearts Bend, she never wants to leave again.

Buck Mathews, the biggest country singing sensation in decades, has the world on a string – his guitar strings, to be exact. However, when news of his mother’s illness sends him back to Hearts Bend for the holiday season, he remembers how good it can be to live among family and friends.

Working with her cousin Haley in The Wedding Shop, JoJo has no aspirations of love. Leaving home, surrendering her heart again, is just too risky.

When she runs into her friend and high school crush Buck Mathews, she discovers Love might have other plans for her[BV1] .

Buck’s career is on the verge of an momentous leap. But seeing JoJo awakens feelings he’d buried long ago. Falling in love is easy, but winning her heart will take more than one of his melodic tunes and clever lyrics.

JoJo and Buck want opposite things for their lives, leaving no room for compromise. Can love, especially the kind that touches hearts at Christmastime, overcome her fears andhis quest for greatness?

When a very special gown – the wedding dress – begins to make its presence known, JoJo and Buck’s hearts bend in a way neither ever thought possible.



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About the Author


Rachel Hauck is an award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times Book Reviews. She is a double RITA finalist, and a Christy and Carol Award Winner. Her book, Once Upon A Prince, first in the Royal Wedding Series, was filmed for an Original Hallmark movie. Rachel has been awarded the prestigious Career Achievement Award for her body of original work by Romantic Times Book Reviews. A member of the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers, she teaches workshops and leads worship at the annual conference. She is a past Mentor of The Year. At home, she’s a wife, writer, worship leader and works out at the gym semi-enthusiastically. A graduate of Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with a degree in Journalism, she’s a former sorority girl and a devoted Ohio State football fan. Her bucket list is to stand on the sidelines with Ryan Day.
She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.

More From Rachel

Hello Royal Rockstar Readers!
I’m thrilled to share The Wedding Dress Christmas with you. I’ve heard from so many how much The Wedding Dress has touched them, and as I noodled over new story ideas, my thoughts drifted toward the wedding dress and Christmas. What’s more romantic than a Christmas wedding?
This novella is set in Hearts Bend, Tennessee, the fictional town of The Wedding Chapel and The Wedding Shop. Even if you’ve never read one of books in The Wedding Collection, you’ll enjoy this story, the mystery of the dress, and the women whose lives it changed.
I love weddings. They remind us of the purity and the hope of love, the power of commitment. Something powerful is released when two people pledge to spend their lives together, loving and serving one another in both good and bad times. Every wedding I attend reminds me of the vows I made to my husband and I sign up all over again.
Stories are a powerful reflection of life. Yes, fictional stories are often told with wild hyperbole, but that’s what makes them fun to read.
I also love wedding stories because they remind us of God’s love for us, and that one day there will be the grandest wedding of them all. Isn’t it wonderful that God planned a wedding before He created the earth?
In The Wedding Dress Christmas, JoJo and Buck have their issues, but love proves strong enough to conquer them all.
Thanks for going on this little tour with me and The Wedding Dress Christmas.
Yours,
Rachel

My Review

Whether you are already a fan of Rachel Hauck's The Wedding Collection series or have never picked up one in your life, The Wedding Dress Christmas is THE must read holiday novella of the year! Personally, I must admit that I was in that second category. I have read other books by Rachel, but none in that particular series. The good news is that this novella stands alone quite well regardless. It gave enough background about this mysterious dress that I didn't feel lost, but I will say that I was so captivated by this unique concept that I absolutely must go back and read the rest of the series now too. 

In this story, we meet JoJo and Buck. Having giving up her dreams of big city life when things ended badly there, we meet JoJo having returned home to the small town of Hearts Bend where she is helping her cousin run a wedding dress shop. Her childhood friend Buck meanwhile has been living out his dream as a country music star. When he returns home for the holidays, they are reunited and...well, you can guess what happens next!

There is just something I love about a Christmas romance. A romance in and of itself tends to be lighthearted and just make you feel good, but throw in some Christmas spirit and something magical happens. Throw in a mysterious and magical wedding dress and it's the recipe for perfection. I absolutely LOVED this story. It was romantic, it was heartwarming, it was magical and it had a great show of God at work in the lives of the characters. The only real downside to this story was that it ended so soon! I would have loved to have had this as a full length novel just because I enjoyed the characters and the story-line so very much.

Overall, this was a fantastic read and one that I am certain I will be revisiting again in Christmases to come. If you love a good Christmas romance, you will not want to miss this one. 

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Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away a print copy of the book and a Visa gift card for $25. Swag!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

6 comments

  1. This looks and sounds like a fabulous book. It’s on my TBR wish list! Thank you for the review.
    perrianne (DOT) askew (AT) me (DOT) com
    Perrianne Askew

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing your terrific book. I sure enjoyed reading about it and appreciate you taking the time to share it with us.

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