Friday, June 13, 2014

# book review # Carla Stewart

Book Review: The Hatmaker's Heart

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 stutter 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.

Another day, another lovely read. This was one that I enjoyed more than others that I've read lately. I lost myself in the pages and the time period. I grew to despise Oscar, to love Nell and to be charmed by Calvin. The only one that I wasn't sure about was Quentin. Nell holds a lifelong crush on him and yet, as readers, we don't see much interaction between them, not even in the form of letters. This book is about a young woman coming into her own and growing up and it's one that will go on my shelves and be picked up again.


I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are my own.
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