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.
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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!).
I absolutely love reading books that are set in the 1900s- 1920s! Before the craze of Downton Abbey, it was a time period largely ignored by books and the media (with the exception of the Titanic). I found myself totally enamoured by this story.
I loved the character and the depth she was given by the author. To be honest, the romance was a toss away to me- the author could have completely deleted that and I wouldn't have cared at all. The real meat of the story came with Nell's work. I loved reading about the hats that she made and the clothes that they wore- I loved all the detail and descriptions- now if only there would have been illustrations. That absolutely would have made my day!
I can't say that for a book that is supposed to be Christian in nature that it really pushed the Bible at all. Other than the main love interest Quentin, Nell didn't really seem interested in God other than lighting a few candles at services. I was a bit disappointed in that, but thankfully it didn't really take away from the main story.
Fans of fashion and especially historical fashion will devour this book. I have every intention of googling 1920s hats now- I want to SEE what the author saw when she was writing this book. I absolutely recommend it!