Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Hatmaker’s Heart, by Carla Stewart (a book review)

About the book

For Nell Marchwold, bliss is seeing the transformation when someone gets a glimpse in the mirror while wearing one of her creations and feels beautiful. Nell has always strived to create hats that bring out a woman’s best qualities. She knows she’s fortunate to have landed a job as an apprentice designer at the prominent Oscar Fields Millinery in New York City. Yet when Nell’s fresh designs begin to catch on, her boss holds her back from the limelight, claiming the stammer she’s had since childhood reflects poorly on her and his salon.

But it seems Nell’s gift won’t be hidden by Oscar’s efforts. Soon an up-and-coming fashion designer is seeking her out as a partner of his 1922 collection. The publicity leads to an opportunity for Nell to make hats in London for a royal wedding. There, she sees her childhood friend, Quentin, and an unexpected spark kindles between them. But thanks to her success, Oscar is determined to keep her. As her heart tugs in two directions, Nell must decide what she is willing to sacrifice for her dream, and what her dream truly is.

What I thought of the book

This book is an enjoyable read, hard to put down. I enjoyed learning about about the era of the 1920s, and the use of the period language sprinkled throughout.

Nell is such an endearing character. I can empathize with her stuttering, since my youngest has such a difficulty himself.

When Nell was asked why she found such pleasure in designing hats, she pointed out that all women have inner beauty, and that it was pure bliss to see the transformation when someone "gets a glimpse in the mirror in one of my hats and feels beautiful." "It's not about my happiness, but other women discovering their own inner beauty and carrying themselves with poise." 

A great beach read!

About Carla Stewart

Carla Stewart is the award-winning author of four novels. With a passion for times gone by, it is her desire to take readers back to that warm, familiar place in their hearts called “home.” She and her husband live in Tulsa and have four adult sons and six grandchildren (with one on the way!). Read the story behind The Hatmaker's Heart.
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Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in order to give you my honest opinion.

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