Thursday, June 12, 2014

Book Review: The Hatmaker's Heart by Carla Stewart

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.

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My Thoughts/Review

I absolutely loved this novel! The rich detail and the 1920s setting brought this story to life in such a exciting way!

Nell was such a fun character and her job was so amazing! I really enjoyed reading about her work at bringing hats to life for each woman who wears it! I never realized just how important it was to have a perfect hat at different functions or how how stressful it could be in making that perfect hat!

The story itself was fascinating and at times slightly heart-breaking! It was interesting to read about the different clubs/speakeasies and Nell's time in London (which I thought was unique)! All the characters in the different places helped bring the setting even more to life!

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this fun, but sometimes stressful situations in Carlas's latest! It was a fun adventure to join Nell on as she grew and changed throughout the story! After finishing this novel it makes me want to go get a hat!

I give The Hatmaker's Heart a 5 out of 5 stars!

*(I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review!)*

About the Author

Carla Stewart’s writing reflects her passion for times gone by as depicted in her first highly-acclaimed novel, Chasing Lilacs. Carla launched her writing career in 2002 when she earned the coveted honor of being invited to attend Guidepost's Writers Workshop in Rye, New York. Since then, her articles have appeared in Guideposts, Angels on Earth, Saddle Baron, and Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine. In her life before writing, Carla enjoyed a career in nursing and raising her family. Now that their four sons are married and they’ve become empty-nesters, she and her husband relish the occasional weekend getaway and delight in the adventures of their six grandchildren. Carla enjoys a good cup of coffee, great books, and hearing from you, her readers. You’re invited to contact her and learn more about her writing at

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  1. Glad to hear you liked this one because I've been intrigued by the premise and now I know its worth getting. Great review :)

  2. This sounds really fun! I love this type of historical fiction that focuses on one facet of an era like hatmaking that I would never think of otherwise. My favorite author of this type is Julie Klassen. Have you read any of her books? Thanks so much for linking up on Booknificent Thursday this week. Always love to have you!


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