Sunday, November 23, 2014
"The Hatmaker's Heart" by Carla Stewart
I have enjoyed every Carla Stewart book that I have read and this was no exception. For me, this author has a real gift at transporting the reader into another era. The setting was quite different than her usual backgrounds being set in the 1920's rather than the 1960's. It was interesting reading about the New York lifestyle during that time period. Nell was an endearing character who drew you into her quiet world with her great attitude and her passion for hat making and seeing the blossoming of women as they wore her creations. She is a character of high standards in her work and personal life. I liked the glimpse we got into the life of a woman of that time, one with dreams of entering a field dominated and run by men, and especially a woman with a speech impediment and how she was treated because of it. As family secrets are revealed and the pressure of the fashion business closes in on her, I really liked how Nell grew throughout the story and came into her own at the end.