The Hatmaker’s Heart by Carla Stewart
Age range: Adult | Genre: Christian fiction, historical romance | Paperback: 320 pages | Publisher: FaithWords (June 3, 2014)
About The Hatmaker’s Heart:
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’s writing reflects her passion for times gone by. She 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, and several regional magazines and anthologies.
Carla received two American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis awards for unpublished authors. The novel that won in 2007 went on to become her first published novel, Chasing Lilacs, which has garnered many rave reviews including a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly and 4 ¿ stars from RT Book Reviews.
Carla graduated from the University of Oklahoma and worked as a registered nurse for a number of years. She and her engineer husband are the parents of four married sons and relish the adventures of their six grandchildren. She enjoys a good cup of coffee, great books, and weekend getaways with her husband. Learn more about Carla at www.carlastewart.com.
My Thoughts on The Hatmaker’s Heart:
Nell is an apprentice at a millinery shop. Her boss (Mr. Fields) is a domineering man that makes impossible demands on her, but Nell is a loyal and eager employee that believes the best of people. Mr. Fields strings her along with empty promises of a promotion dangling in front of her like a carrot. As Nell becomes more successful, her boss becomes more controlling and Nell begins to question his motives.
This book is entitled The Hatmaker’s Heart, which is accurate, but a bit deceptive. It makes you believe that it is a romance novel, but the love interest makes only a few very short appearances. This novel is about Nell’s heart — her desires, her hopes and dreams, and figuring out what God intends for her. It’s about fashion, passion, and the relentless pursuit of worldly success. It’s a sweet, easy-to-read novel that I enjoyed and would happily recommend to anyone that likes historical Christian fiction.
Content: Nell walks in on someone in a “compromising situation”, but there are no details. I consider this a clean book.
Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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