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.
About the author:
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!).
Learn more about Carla here.
I love historical fiction. It's without a doubt, my favorite genre. I usually gravitate more towards historical fiction books based in the Regency Era or the Pioneer Days. Pride and Prejudice or Ma Ingalls - strange, I know. It was so fun to read a book from an era that I was less familiar with. The 1920's are a very fascinating time in history. It really could almost be another character in the book. Women were just starting to desire career or education over family and at times, their mothers were not so happy about it. There is also occasional conflict over the fashions being worn at the time. The young women in the book are independent and living on their own during Prohibition. At times, you can just hear the buzz of the city as Nell and her friends move through their days. Although it's not a main part of the story, I found these minor stories to be very interesting.
Overall, this was a great read - interesting characters, well paced and not too cheesy. This would be a great book to pick up and bring to the beach or pool with you this summer. The descriptions of the fashions worn are excellent. I felt like maybe the story ended a bit too abruptly but not so much that I wouldn't read it again.
The author, Carla Stewart, is hosting a giveaway on her blog to celebrate the launch of The Hatmaker's Heart. Go check it out!