Review of The Hatmaker’s Heart

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Hatmaker's heart

Hatmaker's heart

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:

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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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Carla received two American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis awards for unpublished authors.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


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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    Tressa @ Wishful Endings
    January 25, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    I felt like you did about this one. I loved the setting and I really felt immersed in the story. I also liked the romance and that it didn’t take over. Glad you liked it! 🙂

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      January 26, 2016 at 4:04 am

      Yes! I liked how the romance was secondary to Nell figuring herself and her life out. I really liked it!

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