Since reading Carla Stewart’s debut novel Chasing Lilacs four years ago, I’ve happily watched her release more books and added them to my must-read pile. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to read them yet. I was super excited to be given the opportunity to participate in her book tour for The Hatmaker’s Heart… but my copy never arrived. So instead of raving about what a great book it was, all I can do is tell you why I was excited to read it.
The Hatmaker’s Heart plot summary
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 stammer 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.
More about Carla Stewart
Carla Stewart is the award-winning author of four novels, including Chasing Lilacs. With a passion for times gone by, it is her desire to take readers back to that warm, familiar place in their hearts called “home.” She and her husband live in Tulsa and have four adult sons and six grandchildren (with one on the way!).
I have to say… I love the covers on all of Carla’s books. I can’t wait to get my hands on The Hatmaker’s Heart.
“Deep and delightful! Carla Stewart’s beautiful language, intriguing characters, and thought-provoking story are treats to savor. I loved this book!”—Sarah Sundin, award-winning author of A Distant Melody