The Hatmaker's Heart by Carla Stewart ~ Litfuse Tour & Review

The Hatmaker's HeartMy Review:

Nell Marchwold dreams of making hats, hats the bring out a woman's true beauty and give her clients confidence. Gifted with an eye for detail and balance, Nell soon begins to shine bright bringing the overbearing attention of her controlling boss. Can Nell find a way to live her dream, when those around her are trying to hold here down?

Nell is a young woman who has a dream. I loved how realistic her character was, because while it may be easy to say that other people should stand up for themselves, it's a lot harder to actually pull together the courage to do it.

Nell is a great main character, with plenty of heart and a strong work ethic. There were many great side characters, one of my favorite being Calvin her dear friend who stayed loyal and supportive no matter what.

This story is different from most in that it is not really a romance or love story, as there is very little interaction between Nell and Quentin, yet it is more of a coming of age or rather, a tale of coming into one's own and finding courage. This story also does a great job of bringing the 1920's to life, showing another side of the glitz and glamour, the hard work that went into making the styles that defined the decade.

Overall this was an utterly wonderful read, that captured my heart. I sympathized with Nell and her plight, wanting her to succeed against the odds. While this was more of a historical character novel, and quite different than I had expected, I found a wonderful tale that I enjoyed from beginning to end.

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About the book: 

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.

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About the author: 

Carla Stewart is the award-winning author of four novels. 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!). 

Carla can be found at: websiteFacebookTwitterPinterest,Goodreads

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Carla Stewart‘s latest novel, The Hatmaker’s Heart is already a favorite with her readers.  Carla is celebrating the release with a fun Jazzy Hatmaker’s Heart giveaway. Click for details and to enter.

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