The Hatmaker's Heart
By Carla Stewart
(FaithWords, Paperback, 9781455549948, 320pp.)
Publication Date: June 3, 2014
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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.
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Carla received two American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis awards for unpublished authors.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.
"Stewart has once again written a rich and delicate novel that readers will love. Nell is a beautiful person with a heart of gold. Her resilience and determination to succeed and help others is refreshing, while her struggles are relatable."â€”RT Book Reviews
"Carla Stewart captures this time period with amazing accuracy. . . .When choosing "never-to-be-missed" writers, put Carla Stewart at the top of your list."â€”Kim Vogel Sawyer, bestselling author of What Once Was Lost
"Bestselling author Carla Stewart employs exquisite detail and charming characters. . . .I cannot wait to read the next one she has in store!"â€”Jolina Petersheim, bestselling author of The Outcast
"Fans of the jazz age will cheer Nell's journey and treasure this richly-rendered taste of the Roaring Twenties."â€”Lisa Wingate, national bestselling author of The Prayer Box
"Deep and delightful! Carla Stewart's beautiful language, intriguing characters, and thought-provoking story are treats to savor. I loved this book!"â€”Sarah Sundin, award-winning author of On Distant Shores
"Set amidst the glamor of 1920's fashion, Carla Stewart has woven together a classy and sweet tale of love and new beginnings. The Hatmaker's Heart is a standout of its kind."â€”Joanne Bischof, award-winning author of The Cadence of Grace series
"Fans of Carla Stewart's work won't be disappointed with this Jazz Age tale. With lush sensory details, Stewart brings us deep into this historical setting. . . readers will savor the sweet escape."â€”Julie Cantrell, New York Times bestselling author of When Mountains Move
"I was swept away by the story. . .readers will love this wonderful new novel from this very gifted author!"â€”Carrie Turansky, author of The Governess of Highland Hall
"The Hatmaker's Heart contains love, betrayal, and family secrets--all the elements that delight fans of Downton Abbey."â€”Kellie Coates Gilbert, author of Mother of Pearl
"A fascinating journey into the world of couture fashion in the 1920s! "â€”Anne Mateer, author of A Home for My Heart