The Hatmaker's Heart by Carla Stewart
Synopsis: 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.
My review: I really enjoyed this book and have found a new author for me to enjoy. It was fun to read about hat making and how much pride Nell takes in her work. I did not like her boss and how he tried holding Nell back just because of her speech problem. When the fashion designer found Nell I was so happy and was cheering her own. Carla did a good job of catching you on the first page and left me wanting more at the end. The character development in this book was done very well. This was a fun historical fiction book that took us back in time in the fashion industry. You can't help but finding yourself hoping that Nell and Quentin get together. But you will have to read the book yourself to see how it all turns out for Nell and see what path she takes. I look forward to reading more books by this author.
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!).