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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 NeFor 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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The Hatmaker's Heart Reviews

  • Erin
    2019-05-31 20:34

    Find this and other reviews at: http://flashlightcommentary.blogspot....My interest in Carla Stewart’s The Hatmaker’s Heart began, as so many of my selections do, with the cover. I like the detail and think the direction of the lighting quite interesting. The contrast it creates over the figure and her worktable caused me to pause, and ultimately request a copy of the title for review. Unfortunately, Stewart’s content failed to do the same and looking back, I can’t help thinking the time I spent with the piece wasted.Forgive my blunt assessment, but I found Stewart’s treatment of the material mundane and lifeless. Nell Marchwold didn’t interest me in the least and I had great difficulty rousing sympathy for her predicament. She is a naïve Mary Sue who I felt lacking in both depth and intrigue. I caught myself yawning at her expense on more than one occasion and grew increasingly annoyed with her as the story progressed. The author’s interest in period fashion is evident and appropriate considering the scope of the narrative, but I can’t help wishing she’d put the same effort into recreating the atmosphere of New York in the nineteen twenties. I could well envision the hemlines and shape of this or that ensemble, but such detail and texture were absence in Stewart’s portrayal of the city itself and I had difficulty envisioning the world as Nell saw it. Stubborn to a fault, I finished the novel not for pleasure so much as pride. Ridiculous as it sounds, I refused to be defeated by these three hundred and some odd pages of text. Many readers seem to have enjoyed Stewart’s brand of storytelling, but I am forced to admit it held little satisfaction for me.

  • Katie(babs)
    2019-06-20 18:35

    First of all the blurb is deceiving. There is no actual love triangle between the heroine, her boss and her old friend. Nell is show as idealistic, but at times she comes across as far too naive, which is very annoying. Her boss Oliver is a major creep and every time he appeared on the page, I cringed. He constantly insults and berates Nell for no reason, and she stands there and takes it. At no time is she interested in him romantically, and pines over her old friend, Quentin who has no real personality and is written as a dullard.The time setting is intriguing and you get a good feel of the roaring twenties. The cast of characters are colorful, but they come and go and really don't add anything substantial to the overall story. Also the writing feels very stilted at times and didn't really keep my interest.The ending is too part and made me roll my eyes regarding Nell's final decision. It was over the top sugar coated and I wanted to throw my hands up in the air because after all that Nell has been through, I felt she settled in the end and lost an important piece of herself.This one gets a 1.5 from me and I would say it's a pass.

  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    2019-06-18 00:16

    For fans of Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge, you will absolutely adore the latest novel from best selling author, Carla Stewart, The Hatmaker's Heart! With extraordinary talent and coming from a wealthy family background in London, milliner Nell Marchwold is making a name for herself with her unique and sought after hats under the Oscar Field's brand. Hoping that one day she might have her very own label, she knows that patience will be required working as an assistant designer for Mr. Fielding. He seems pleased that her hats are flying off the shelves and buyers are increasing their demand for them in private consultations but realizes that Nell is a virtual goldmine to his millinery and without her, he would be penniless. He will do whatever it takes to ensure her permanent employment even if it means less than scrupulous management techniques to keep her there. When a fashion designer spots Nell's uncanny talent, he offers her a chance of a lifetime to showcase her hats alongside his dress designs at a fashion show. Even though he wants to spotlight Nell's designs, Mr. Fields wants to ensure that these hats can be purchased at Oscar Field's Millinery and no where else. He seems a bit fearful to let Nell to gain any popularity for her hats but when a royal wedding in London requests hats to be designed by Nell, she will have to leave the comforts of New York City and head to London. Nell will have to face her long lost childhood friend, Quentin and hopes that she can find a place in his heart as more than a friend. Mr. Field's has other plans in store for the time Nell will be spending in London and that will have very little time for visiting with Quentin or even her ailing grandmother. Will Nell make the right decision or will she have to place her dreams on hold for love?I received The Hatmaker's Heart by Carla Stewart compliments of Faith Words, a division of Hachette Book Groups and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own. Being a fan of historical fashion, I loved Carla's attention to detail in capturing the very essence of New York City during the 1920's at the height of the jazz movement when styles were constantly changing. Nell's character undergoes quite the transformation from being a women with a beautiful talent that she can't appreciate because of a stammer she developed as a child. While she struggles to overcome adversity and find self acceptance both in the working world and as woman in the 20's, she has a longing for love and strong commitment to her family that will be tested in profound ways. This is a must read for those that love fashion, historical and romantic fiction! I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait for her next novel A Flying Affair to debut!

  • Jolina Petersheim
    2019-06-01 22:26

    In The Hatmaker’s Heart, bestselling author Carla Stewart employs exquisite detail and charming characters to bring the roaring 1920s to life. From the millinery in New York to the streets of London, Nell Marchwold is a heroine whose gentle nature and determination in the face of immense adversity will captivate a new range of readers’ hearts and minds. This novel reaffirms Stewart’s tremendous talents with time period novels, and I cannot wait to read the next one she has in store!

  • Brianna
    2019-06-13 00:32

    It's so funny that I would find this book now, see that it is on clearance price at Indigo and that it is the last one in stock, and it so happens that it is the last day for a promotion for free shipping (no minimum price) that I didn't know about. I know this isn't terribly important information, I just found it to be quite the amusing coincidence. Now I feel as though I should read this one next, haha.

  • Maureen Timerman
    2019-05-31 02:24

    The Hat Maker was such an enjoyable read, and brought me back to 1920’s in New York City. How different life was, the world was coming out of a devastating war, and hadn’t hit the world depression yet.Prunella, Nell Marchwold is an immigrant from Brittan, with quite a lineage, who is trying to make her way as a hat maker. She is actually more than a hat maker, she is behind the design, and she is a genius at it. She has been taken under the wing of Oscar Field, and his label, feeling she has hit the jackpot with this opportunity.While reading this I had funny feelings about Oscar, he didn’t seem kosher, could be wrong and maybe my first impression was off. There is another struggling designer, that you will love, Calvin, enjoy the banter between he and Nell. Then there is Nell’s childhood friend Quinten, he has always been there for her and defended her. So now there are three possibilities for romance, an employer, a co-worker, and an old friend who lives in England.Once you open the covers you are transported back to a time when woman are not fully dressed unless they have their hats on. In some ways with the new Royal family in England, hats are making a come back, but here everyone wore one. There are a few unprofessional things that happen, and Nell gets herself in some rather serious situations.Will Nell fulfill her dreams? I also wondered if she would end up moving back to England? Or will she stay with Oliver, and end up as his wife and main designer. Or does God have something else in mind for her? Come and enjoy this different story of a vanishing profession, and enjoy some of the really warm and loving people who are put in her path. I did!I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.

  • Victor Gentile
    2019-06-20 01:16

    Carla Stewart, in her new book, “The Hatmaker’s Heart” published by Abingdon Press takes us into the life of Nell Marchwold.From the back cover: 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.Who would have thought the life of a Milliner, someone who makes hats or just sells to women, would have been so interesting? Obviously Carla Stewart. Welcome to The Jazz Age. It is 1922 and everyone wears hats and it seems that Nell’s hats are in high demand. Now the issue comes down to whether or not Nell will be able to fulfill her dream or just be a part of Oscar’s store. I enjoyed the exploration of a woman’s role by Ms. Stewart. It was great to walk the streets of New York as it was back then and see how women were treated and how they wanted to be treated. Nell is such a great character and it is terrific the way she interacts with all the other characters that are in this book. And of course there is the romance. This is a delightful book that you will not want to end.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Ashley
    2019-06-05 22:39

    It is quite likely due to my preoccupation and dramatic love interest in 1920’s America but I absolutely adored The Hatmaker’s Heart by Carla Stewart! Nell Marchwold is a wonderfully emotional and beautiful character. I loved her perspective on life, fashion, beauty and love; it’s all evident in the synopsis where it says that, for her, “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.” Nell is a hatmaker and her goal is to make other women recognize their own beauty. Wonderful! Unfortunately we see this delicate soul trampled upon by a domineering and demeaning boss time and time again. In the end she must choose between two loves – her dream job and passion or the man who has stolen her heart. It is natural to assume we would all pick love but when you’re asked to sacrifice your greatest passion in life, it’s a conflict. Nell is such a wonderfully written character that readers will feel the struggle right along with her. It’s a wonderful journey!Stewart also captured the 1920’s time period, “The Roaring Twenties” so well! She infused just the right amount of slang and period dialogue to draw the reader back 90 years without it seeming hokey or awkward. The “atmosphere” of the book was perfect. The music, the fashion, the dialogue, the characters, all of it blended and created such magic! I couldn’t help but fall in love over and over with every turn of the page. As mentioned previously, I have a great love for 20’s era America. For over 300 pages I remained enraptured by Nell’s story. There is a mysteriousness about Nell that is never quite fully explained and this mystery just makes her all the more lovable. She speaks with a stutter that was caused by a tragedy she once endured and is verbally abused and controlled by the man who can provide her dream job yet she has a chance to escape into the arms of someone who loves her. The Hatmaker’s Heart is Nell’s journey as she learns who she is, what her dream truly is and if it is worth the required sacrifice. It’s a beautiful story. Review by Ashley LaMarClosed the Cover

  • Anna Elizabeth
    2019-05-27 02:32

    Sometimes you just need a feel good book. Sometimes you just need to remove yourself from reality and step into someone else’s.Carla Stewart did a brilliant job with this novel, and has created a story with a few of my favorite elements.1. HISTORY! I have a serious problem, if you haven’t been able to deduct this from my previous book reviews then you might want to go take another look. This novel takes place in 1920’s New York and it is splendid. Absolutely lovely. To give it another layer of depth, she throws in some London, England in there too. Which leads me too…2. ENGLAND! I love how she incorporated England into the main character’s life, the plot AND threw in the royal wedding. Kudos and extra points for that one. Having just had a royal wedding a few shorts years ago, it was super relatable for me.3. Relatable characters. Prunella was darling. There are so many things I liked about her character. Her innocents, her passion, her integrity, her faith, her love and loyalty to her family and friends- she was a breath of fresh air. How lovely to have a female be her own hero and not be a cotton headed ninny muggins. Yup. I said it. Everyone has dealt and come across people like the characters in “The Hatmaker’s Heart” in their life. The nasty boss, the cruel girl in school, the first love of childhood, the crazy relatives, the beloved grandmother- it’s like walking out of your life and comfortably walking into someone else’s.This was such a great read. I read it in a few hours. It was refreshing to read a book that was appropriate in language, plot, and romance. The ending was just so right. There’s something to be said about reading a book that really does just have a happy ending for everybody, even if it does seem fantastical and silly. But, what girl doesn’t want to see love win out in the end?

  • Camille Eide
    2019-06-20 19:37

    The Hatmaker’s Heart sparkles with the dazzling sights and scents of New York, the glittering nightlife, and the social and cultural turmoil and excesses of the Roaring Twenties. It’s the story of a young woman with a flair for designing beautiful hats and a desire to draw out her clients’ confidence while struggling to find her own.Nell Marchwold is a gracious young Englishwoman of faith and good character, with a keen milliner’s eye and exquisite taste in fashion. Her heart burns with the dream of a career at a time when women were not encouraged in business. She struggles to keep her dream alive, in spite of repeated opposition, haunting memories, and a stammer that marks her as an imbecile in the eyes of high society matrons—a stammer she must learn to master if she is ever to make a name for herself.But for Nellie, it’s not about fame. She wants to be known for making plain women feel beautiful and confident. She has a generous heart, one that quietly whispers to her of her first love. As her accomplishments and confidence grow, an opportunity arises for Nell to realize her dream. Success or failure hangs by a silken thread, a test of her faith, strength, and honor. Will she have the courage to face the test? Or will her new-found confidence retreat into the shadows of her traumatic past?Nell is quiet but has an inner strength that captured my heart. You’ll root for her as she gathers the nerve to speak her mind, but perhaps she will find it's her heart that needs to be heardl.Carla Stewart tells a dazzling story full of vivid detail, and as always, a fascinating reveal of times gone by. I am looking forward to her next book in this series.

  • Thirza Peevey
    2019-06-21 20:24

    Carla has a real gift for writing very real people that leap out of the page, and seem like someone you've known somewhere along the line. Her characters inhabit a very real world of difficult people, difficult circumstances, brokenness, sin and sometimes downright evil, which they meet with grace and strength. You find yourself rooting for them from the first page right through the very last impossible-to-put-down page. I've been reading this book into the wee hours of the night, and I've finished one of Carla's books in the bathtub, shivering, when I simply couldn't put it down long enough to get out.As others have said, this book is great for those who love fashion or Downton Abbey or the Roaring Twenties. But I love Carla's books for more than that. In each of her books, she has tackled a difficult subject with a rare grace that I think will eventually be recognized alongside classics such as Cold Sassy Tree or To Kill a Mockingbird: those moving coming of age novels in which the young protagonist comes face to face with the evil of the adult world, squares his or her shoulders and tackles it head on. In the end, the book isn't about the evil, but about the courage of the Scout, the Will Tweedy or the Nell Marchwold in meeting it.Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book to review.

  • Catherine Richmond
    2019-06-03 01:41

    Excellent!Nell is a talented hat designer who enjoys finding the right color and shape to bring out each woman's beauty. Her duplicitous boss undermines her at every opportunity, sneering about her speech impediment and reminding her he taught her everything she knows. Author Carla Stewart takes readers to 1923 New York City and London, inside the cutthroat world of fashion. Nell is at the center of all the controversy. Has her carelessness caused theft of designs? Will the new speech therapist help her overcome her handicap or is he just another quack? Just how big of a scoundrel is her boss? And will he ever give her a moment off to visit her grandmother and childhood sweetheart? You'll love how it all works out!

  • Amy
    2019-06-11 19:28

    FULL REVIEW AT of period productions such as Downton Abbey, House of Eliott and Mr. Selfridge will enjoy this well-written coming-of-age story set in the glamorous world of early 1920s haute couture. Nell’s journey from timid milliner’s apprentice to confident designer offers women of all ages an exciting story about learning to be true to one’s self and daring to trust the dreams God has given. While this book didn’t offer the romance I had expected, it was nevertheless an engaging and worthwhile story that places this author firmly on my one-to-watch list.

  • Melina
    2019-06-17 20:28

    This was a novel that took us from the a millinery shop in New York City in the 1920s to London during the wedding of Prince Albert to Elizabeth and finally to Kentucky. I really enjoyed this story and getting to know the character or Nell, she is a really strong character. I liked reading about a woman who in the 20s was more worried about making her own way in life than she was about finding a husband. This was a well written novel that flowed really well. I say great job Carla.I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

  • Anjula
    2019-06-23 21:37

    I would have given it four stars except that the ending was just too treacly, too pat and too religious. The last few chapters were painful to read.Edit: I may have unknowingly checked out a Christian book.

  • Ashley Lehnert
    2019-06-07 21:36

    Beautiful storythis book is written in the 20's but speaks to any of us today. the author so elegantly writes and the reader didn't want to book the book down! great writing, Carla!

  • sophia walsh
    2019-06-08 23:34

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  • Angie D
    2019-06-18 00:27

    Not sure where all the 4 and 5 star reviews come from as this book bored me to sleep.

  • Wanda
    2019-06-01 22:30

    1922, New York City1923, London"...Not all women have perfect features, but they all have inner beauty, and it's pure bliss to see the transformation when someone with, say, plain features gets a glimpse in the mirror in one of my hats and feels beautiful. For some, I suspect it may be the first time. It's not about my happiness, but other women discovering their own beauty and carrying themselves with poise." ~Nell MarchwoldThe Hatmaker's Heart is about Nell Marchwold who managed to secure a job as an apprentice hatmaker for Oscar Fields Millinery in New York City after some hats she made for patrons at the Kentucky Derby were discovered by Oscar Fields himself. Nell is British and left London after her father died. Once her hats are discovered by the famous clothes designer Soren Michaels her career takes off, eventually leading her back to London where she left her best friend, Quentin Bledsoe, behind four years earlier. Seeing Quentin makes her realize her feelings for him were stronger than she once believed but Oscar has a reign on Nell and is forcing her to stay with his company and do things his way, even resorting to threats to keep her from leaving. Finally, Nell has to make a decision about what's most important in her life.The one thing that I could really relate to in this book was the fact that Nell stammered when she spoke. I have several people in my family with this same problem so I understood the way Nell felt during her most difficult battles with it. I loved the idea that, even though Nell had trouble communicating easily with her speech, she communicated through her designs. Her reason for being a hat designer was so touching. Once a lady tried on her special creation she realized her inner beauty and the outer beauty that usually remained hidden became evident. It was a boost to their self-esteem and I relate it to what the Bible says when it calls us God's masterpiece. Regardless of how plain we think we are, God sees only beauty."We all have a bit of good and evil in us. Let your words and your deeds show the world what dwells in your heart." ~Nell's GrandmamaIt includes a little mystery in regards to Nell's speech once she starts seeing a doctor at the Addison Avenue Speech Center because he relates her stammer to a tragic event from her past. I always enjoy a little mystery and thought it complimented the story well. The entire scene is set in the "Roaring 20's" and the story holds true to this time frame. When I think of the "Roaring 20's" I think of the Lindy Hop, the Charleston, beautifully decorated hats and dresses that bounced when they danced and gangsters. This book had all of these things and more. I got a real feel for that time period while reading it but, when I think of the Lindy Hop and those bouncy dresses, I think of something that is fast-paced and full of pizzazz. This book was very enjoyable and entertaining but it seemed a little slow to me for a book set during that time period. That is really the only negative thing I found. I will say that the characters were so life-like they brought out a variety of emotions in me. But none more so than Oscar Fields. I wanted to throttle him but that's only because I took his high-handedness personally. I loved Quentin's boyish charm and his character really helped deflect that icicles coming off of Oscar. So, in my opinion, the characters were very engaging and well balanced and I really loved the "Roaring 20's" theme. The use of such quips as "Isn't this just the gnat's whistle?", "It's the berries." and "It's copacetic." really makes the story more authentic. I feel that anyone that enjoys historical romances will get a kick out of this book, it's setting and it's well developed plot. I certainly recommend it!Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review and no monetary compensation was received.

  • Kathleen E.
    2019-06-17 21:34

    Thursday, June 12, 2014The Hatmaker's Heart by Carla Stewart, © 2014Following the death of her beloved grandfather, the Earl of Marchwold, Prunella Marchwold, her mother, Evangeline, and baby sister, Caroline, board a ship at Liverpool, leaving all former things behind. Or so it seemed at the time. Nell has moved to New York, leaving them in Kentucky where her talent for hat making designs was discovered by a Millinery House ~ Oscar Fields, quite prominent and up-and-coming she is advised.Nell is singled out by Mrs. Mavis Benchley, a society maven, desiring creations for her two daughters to go with their Soren Michaels designer dresses. The event is written up on the society page and the dress designer comes to call to bring sketches he would like Nell to add the finishing touch to complement his gown collection for the Stottlemeir Club runway showing.Holding on tightly to his blossoming design apprentice, her employer refuses to give "Nellie March" her own label, keeping her work collaboratively under Oscar Fields Millinery.Inner Beauty. Nell's designs not only match the fabrics and colors chosen, but are meant to draw out the beauty of the wearer with their finest features accented. Nell's own beauty outshines the speech impediment her employer wishes her to leave behind. Mrs. Benchley has given Nell the name of a speech therapist and his receptionist carries the speech of Nell's homeland, England.A catch came in Nell's throat. The Yorkshire rhythm in the assistant's voice was unmistakable, a warm sensation like a glimpse of home after a long journey. "A cup of tea would be lovely. With milk p-please."--The Hatmaker's Heart, 24With publicity within a well-circulated fashion magazine, Nell's name and origin of country is mentioned, opening a further door for her.I thoroughly enjoyed this novel of freshness and certainty of art that Nell possesses. She is indeed refreshing and honorable in her originality and character. She outshines others with her captivating draw that seeks to bring the best feature forward for her clients.In a highly competitive market and image, serving society to wed their daughters to a favorable match, by being herself, Nell possesses the quality that reflects a sampler her grandmother made for her.Strength and honor are her clothing.--Proverbs 31:25In the Roaring Twenties with changes and uncertainties, Nell maintains her belief reflected in her honesty and caring of others.Carla Stewart ~ The Hatmaker's HeartFor Nell Marchwold, an apprentice hatmaker, bliss is seeing the transformation when someone gets a glimpse in the mirror while wearing one of her creations and feels beautiful. When love is rekindled with her childhood sweetheart, her heart is torn. She must decide what she is willing to sacrifice for her dream, and what her dream truly is.CS: I’ve long wanted to write a novel with a British setting and/or explore the Roaring Twenties. With the popularity of Downton Abbey, the time seemed right. While brainstorming with my agent, she whispered two words: Kentucky Derby. While known for its famous race, it’s also the crème-de-la-crème of fabulous hats. I knew at once my character would be a hatmaker so that was the jumping-off point. Giving her a noble British heritage and being discovered by a New York milliner at the Kentucky Derby gave wings to the rest of the story. Weaving the plot was an absolute caper!Discover more at*** Thank you to Hatchette Book Group FaithWords for sending me a copy of Hatmaker's Heart by Carla Stewart. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***

  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    2019-06-24 22:32

    About this 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 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.” Series: As of now, no. Spiritual Content- Proverbs 31 is written on a sampler Nell’s Grandmother made and a few of the Scriptures are quoted; Nell goes to Church and Mass; When Christmas comes Felice explains that they “leave a place for the Madonna and Christ child.” And that it would bring dishonor on their family to not leave a place; Prayers are said but not written. {This book has a light Christian feel to it.} Negative Content- Minor Cussing including: a ‘crummy’, a ‘swanky’, a ‘darn’ and two ‘shoddy’s; People (Many ladies, as well) smoke cigarettes; People drink alcohol and illegal liquor which later results in Hangovers; Nell has a (semi-detailed) flash-back of her grandfather killing her grandmother (Nell was in the next room over). Sexual Content- Nell’s roommates, Jeanette and Greta, say ‘“What Jeanette is trying to say is that Mr. Fields is stringing you along, making grand promises when what he’s really interested in is what you’re willing to do for him” She tilted her head and gave a coy smile’, Nell says she would never and makes sure her roommate didn’t do it (The roommate says she was “this close”); Nell walks in on a couple having an affair (semi-detailed).-Nell Marchwood P.O.V. of Nell Set in 1922 & 1923 299 pages~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Pre & New Teens- One StarEarly High School Teens- One Star (and a half)Older High School Teens- Two StarsMy personal Rating- One StarI did not like “Sweet Dreams” {I never posted the review on here} by this author, but I thought I would try her new book. The beginning of the book fine {Actually, I found it to be a bit boring for a book set in the Roaring 20s.} but as I got deeper in to the book more Negative & Sexual stuff pops up with a very Sexual part very near the end. This book has sealed the deal for me not to try to read any more of Carla Steward’s books.Link to review:http://booksforchristiangirls.blogspo...*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Faith Words) for this review.

  • Kate ♡
    2019-06-14 02:41

    ARGH! 1.5 at best. This was a very disappointing and uninspired book. It was boring, dull and flat with boring, dull and flat characters. The premise was interesting but the writing style and lack of colour, imagination and personality completely ruined any semblance of intrigue with the story. The ending was terrible. It annoys me when authors disregard everything in favour of a neat, happy wrap-up. Barf-o-rama. Nell was a MOUSE. Her goody-two-shoes, wide-eyed innocence and naivety was tiresome and unlikeable. I didn’t care a whit for her. The religion was tedious and off-putting. Once again, I had no idea this was a God-bothering book and feel quite put out that books like this are in the general fiction section. Religious books ought to be labelled clearly as such! Yuck. Another one destined for the bin, I’m afraid.

  • Els
    2019-06-19 22:24

    This review appeared first on Reading the ThingI read this book while I was working on my new place. I didn’t think I would have time or energy to read, but this book had just the kind of story I needed: In New York, in the Roaring Twenties a young woman works for a famous millinery, and seems to be quite talented. However this is not appreciated by the owner of the shop, who keeps holding her back. She also has personal issues to overcome, like her stuttering and shyness. And what about this friend of hers from the past?What I loved most about the book were the characters. Even though Nellie was too introverted and calm to recognize much of myself in her, she seemed a lovely girl. She has two friends she lived with in New York, who both have very different lives, with much more partying and much less work. Nellie has dinner at Angelo’s very often, an Italian place with charming owners who have really taken to her (and the description of gnocchi made me want to make some!). There is a friendship with a guy from her job who seems to fancy her, but even though she does not fancy him, this is not made into a drama. Her boss, Oscar Fields, is a real ass, pardon my Franch. And then I haven’t even mentioned Nellie’s grandmother and mother, and some of Nellie’s faithful customers! All the people felt very real, even though it was completely clear who the “good guys” and “bad guys” were. I really rooted for Nellie, to get the awesome job she deserved and the boy she loved.I also greatly enjoyed reading about this period in time, the 20’s of the last century. I don’t think I’ve read much about it, but after watching Downton Abbey, it interests me more and more. There was still so much hope (because the Great Depression and WWII had not happened yet), so much new discoveries were being done, and there was so much change in society. Another thing I liked, was seeing a field of work I know really nothing about: hatmaking. It’s not something I would ever be interested in doing myself, or reading non-fiction books about, but I loved learning a bit about it through this fiction (it’s the same with books about ballet ready: I love reading fiction about it, but doing it myself is not appealing at all).At some points Christian views have been put into the story, which felt articifial: it could have easily done without, in my opinion. Only at the end I saw the book is published by a religiously oriented publisher, which made those fragments make more sense. The parts were not annoying or anything, they just felt slightly out of place. This is my biggest critique of the story, which might mostly come from my atheist background, and might not bother other readers that much. Besides this, I think the title could have been better chosen: the heart of the hatmaking is not that central to story as the title makes it seem. It has a nice alliteration though.If you want some calm and cozy book, sitting outside with a wide brimmed sun hat, while sipping a glass of iced tea, this would be a perfect pick.

  • Kaitlin
    2019-06-04 23:45

    The Hatmaker’s Heart: A Novel (click on book or see below for description)By Carla StewartReleased 6/3/14Downloaded free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewRating: 4 bonesFinish Time: 4 nights. Another trip back to the 1920′s, my favorite decade, at least to visit literally. And I’ll admit this book sounded good, that is why I requested it, I still had put it off longer than I should have. Which now I can admit was a mistake, well the mistake would have been not reading it at all. A surprisingly enjoyable read about a hatmaker/milliner of all professions!I loved the imagery I had in my head while reading this book. I’ll add a few pictures of 1920′s hats in this post so you can enjoy it too. I would love for hats to come back in fashion! Maybe my wallet wouldn’t, but it’s such a fun accessory that now-a-days seems to be saved for horse racing, most popular being the Kentucky Derby. But that actually ties into the book, as Prunella Marchwold aka Nell aka Nellie March, hails from – wait for it – Kentucky! She was discovered there as an amateur hatmaker by Oscar Fields who owned a millinery (hat shop) in New York City. She follows him there and begins her career under his direction.Nell begins the book very sheepish, she clearly has talent in pleasing people and making them look great with her hats, but she is very shy about it and doubts herself often. All of this is evidenced by a stammer that has been present most of her life. As with a lot of main characters, throughout the book, she comes into her own, and becomes so much more confident in her abilities and herself (and her speech). Her boss, Oscar, is the source of much of her personal doubt throughout the book. A common bully boss, not wanting anyone to upstage him and constantly reminding people of what he did for them and how they wouldn’t be where they were without him, is a source of frustration for Nell (and the reader!)So many characters were introduced in this novel as I’m thinking back on it now, but each and every one had their place and I could picture them in my head. To customers who Nell interacted with through designing the perfect hat for them, to her co-workers, to her roommates, family near and far, and even a past love, the characters keep this book flowing and filled with lots of action. Nell begins to get noticed and her struggle to remain loyal to who discovered her (although may not fully appreciate her) and go out on her own is one she battles with throughout the book. The side story, which I almost forgot to include, is finding the source of her stammer, which is a bit of mystery as she works with a speech therapist/psychiatrist to explore her past.As I mentioned before – Nell grows as a designer and as a person, and the build up is amazing as you near a great ending of this book. I’m so glad I read it. It only came out on June 3rd – so a little late for release day, but I hope it’s going strong, check it out!

  • Paula Vince
    2019-06-18 02:42

    Nell Marchwold is a talented hat designer who works for Oscar Fields, a prestigious milliner in New York. Her mission has always been to bring out the inner beauty in every woman, delighting some who may have felt plain their whole life. Yet giving her dream the priority it seemed to deserve meant that many sacrifices were required, the biggest of which seemed to be having to kowtow to a selfish and demanding employer ( a 'schmuck' as her fellow worker Calvin calls him). She ends up forced to ask herself whether recognition at the top of her field is the same as happiness.Nell's boss, Oscar Fields, is the sort of character we're torn between hating and feeling sorry for. He bosses his staff around, blackmails them, arranges their lives, regards them as possessions, forces them to work 60 hour weeks and never gives them credit unless it puts him in a good light. Yet how exhausting to be him, such a control freak that even his staff must be seen as extensions of himself. You can't read this book without waiting for him to either crack or fall flat on his face.The story has a gentle mystery, as Nell visits the flamboyant Dr Terrence Underwood, who gives her drawing exercises to try to get to the bottom of why she stammers when nervous. There is plenty of pressure on her to figure it out, as Oscar finds her a liability who shouldn't open her mouth around VIPs until she's cured. Oscar, Nell and some of the other staff have the opportunity to set up shop in London for several weeks, to design hats for noble folk who plan to attend the royal wedding of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and Prince Albert (who also had a stutter like Nell, come to think of it). This part of the story was great. I was alive for the royal weddings of Charles and Di and Will and Kate, so appreciated having this glimpse into the wedding of 1923 too.Although there are romantic moments, this story isn't really a romance, which I feel it fair to tell people who are looking for one. It's more about the sagas of working life. In fact, I was far more interested in Calvin, Nell's fellow apprentice, than Quentin, the boy she left her heart with in England. This isn't because Quentin isn't likeable, but simply because we see far more of Calvin and get to know him better. He was probably one of my favourite characters.I'm glad I read this book, as there is so much food for thought, concerning our motivations for the work we do, and when a God-given dream crosses the line into personal gratification, which may then lead to being driven and losing your sense of joy. The 1920s milliner shop setting really brings that home. Oscar, Nell and the other staff were practically running themselves ragged to make good impressions, as fashion was their whole world, yet now, about ninety years later, it is no longer obligatory for every citizen to wear a hat as part of our daily attire. All that stress for them is simply a whimsical memory of times long ago for us.Thanks to Net Galley and FaithWords for a review copy.

  • Jalynn Patterson
    2019-06-15 00:35

    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 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.About the Author:Carla Stewart's writing reflects her passion for times gone by. Carla launched her writing career in 2002 when she received the coveted invitation to attend the Guidepost's Writers Workshop in Rye, New York. Since then, her articles have appeared in Guideposts, Angels on Earth, Saddle Baron, and Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine.Her debut novel, Chasing Lilacs, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, was an Oklahoma Book Award Finalist, the trophy winner for the 2011 Best Fiction Book for Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. and received 2nd place honors in RWA's Inspirational Readers Choice Award for 2011. Carla loves to hear from readers and invites you to contact her and learn more about her writing at Review: Nell Marchwold, enjoys making new creations for women to enjoy.Women find her hats to be beautiful and they make the lady wearing the hat feel better about herself. Everyone tells her she should go into business for herself, but she finds comfort staying right where she is. She also has a stutter that her boss says will be her downfall. So because of this, she doesnt bother ever trying to better herself.But soon the unexpected happens, an up and coming fashion designer sparks some interest in her wildly known hats. And now after all she has gone through in her life, it seems her dreams may finally come true. That is until her boss decides she must stay with him in her current job. Will Nell succumb to being held back her entire life or will she run for gold?**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.

  • Patricia Kemp Blackmon
    2019-05-25 00:18

    Nell Marchwold was interested to learn the art of hatmaking. She watched and learned as one of her grandmother's employees created hats for friends and family. When Nell's father unexpectedly passed away she watched her mother struggle to make a living to support their family. Nell decided she was going to become a famous hatmaker. She was very talented and many overlooked her stuttering speech and took notice of her talent, especially Oscar Fields, of Oscar Fields Millinery in New York City. He offered her an apprenticeship in his prominent place of business where the wealthy frequented for quality handmade hats for men and women. She has big dreams of becoming a famous designer with her own label. But her boss is a little old fashion and was slow to approve her new designs. He feared customers would be offended by her speech impediment. The changing times of the roaring twenties had changed his mind as customers became intrigued by Nell's modern designs.When Nell takes a trip for her job close to her hometown it gave her opportunities she never dreamed possible. She started to question herself and her love for the young man she has loved since childhood. This reunion left her contemplating whether she should seek love and family life or rather stick with her dream to become a famous hat designer?I found this to be a most intriguing story. The author reveals the struggle of one woman looking for women's rights not only in the workplace but to vote and having a say in future. No matter if a woman is married raising a family and/or seeking a career this era was a time for many changes. Women no longer wanted to sit quietly in the background. I read this book in one night. It was a real page turner. It made me think of stories my grandmother shared with me. My grandmother was also a widow with a small daughter and had no one to help like in this book. She moved to Houston and made a good life for her and my mother. The life she had before she was a widow was not a good life as women did not have many rights. We must remember the sacrifices and movements women made to give us the life and rights we now take for granted.I highly recommend this book.I rated this book 5 out of 5.Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group for an honest review.

  • Iola
    2019-06-21 18:45

    Nell Marchwold is a junior apprentice milliner with the prestigious Oscar Fields Millinery in New York City in 1922, the time of flappers, speakeasies and jazz. She loves the way her job gives her the opportunity to bring out a woman’s inner beauty through the design of a fabulous hat, but her boss isn’t always supportive of her ideas, and he isn’t prepared to give her the opportunity to show what she can do because of her stammer—which gets worse when she is under stress. Unfortunately, with Mr Fields as a boss, that’s a lot of the time. However, a client recommends a speech therapist who has an unusual approach, and these sessions are a turning point for Nell. The Hatmaker’s Heart is set in fashionable New York and London, and it’s obvious a huge amount of research has gone into writing the book, as I got a real feel for the time and place. I’m often a picky reader when it comes to historical fiction, as so many authors fall down with the research, but I couldn’t find any faults (there may well be some, but none stood out). I was especially impressed by the richness of the language, specifically the descriptions of the hats Nell creates, and the Twenties slang used by the characters. It really gave me an insight into the culture of the time. I was equally impressed by the characterisation, especially of Nell and her boss, Oscar Fields. Nell was very timid at the beginning, but as the novel progressed, she gradually developed some backbone. Mr Fields was a controlling boss (I suspect he knows Nell is a better person than him, so the only way for him to feel like a “man” was to threaten and belittle her). This gave the novel a dark undercurrent, and meant we were rooting for Nell to stand up to Mr Fields. While I very much enjoyed The Hatmaker's Heart, it wasn’t entirely what I was expecting. The title gave me the impression it was a romance, and while it had romantic elements, that wasn’t the main focus of the plot. It is published by Faithwords (an imprint of Hachette), which indicated it was Christian fiction. It was, but the faith elements were more low-key than most. Despite these slight quibbles, I very much enjoyed The Hatmaker’s Heart, and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys clean historical fiction with a touch of faith and romance. Thanks to Faithwords, Litfuse Publicity and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.

  • Kathy
    2019-06-13 00:25

    In The Hatmaker's Heart, Carla Stewart whisks readers back to the Roaring Twenties and into the cutthroat world of hat designing. Nell Marchwold's gorgeous creations dazzle an influential client and leads to extraordinary opportunities for the talented young designer. However her ambitious and overbearing boss refuses to acknowledge her achievements and goes to extreme lengths to keep her from leaving her position at his millinery. An interesting blend of old fashioned values and forward thinking, Nell is a fascinating character. A truly gifted designer with an uncanny ability to create hats that highlight women's inner and outer beauty, Nell's struggles to establish a career in a male-dominated field are hindered by both the time period and unscrupulous shop owner Oscar Fields. Further hampering her efforts is her lifelong stutter which worsens when Nell is in stressful situations. As she undergoes unorthodox but highly effective therapy for her speech difficulties, Nell's career begins to blossom when a rising fashion designer selects her to design hats for his upcoming fashion collection. This leads to a stunning chance to return to England for a short period of time and when she becomes reacquainted with a close childhood friend, Nell begins to question what is really important in life. While The Hatmaker's Heart mostly takes place in the design studio, key historical elements are briefly incorporated in the storyline. Nell's boss is rather despicable but he is a fairly accurate reflection of men in the workplace and the time period in general. Nell's visit to a speakeasy provides an intriguing glimpse into the criminal enterprises that began to surface during prohibition. The colorful cast of secondary characters highlights the changes in fashion and the emergence of new slang. This younger generation also demonstrates the growing shift of young women pursuing higher education and careers rather than marriage. Carla Stewart brings The Hatmaker's Heart vibrantly to life with a fascinating time period selection, a vivid cast of appealing characters and a unique storyline. It is a fast-paced and engaging novel that fans of faith-based historical fiction are sure to enjoy.

  • Eustacia Tan
    2019-06-05 01:18

    This is one of those books where I'll invariably feel torn if I have to give it a rating. I enjoyed the story, but I felt it was quite different from what the blurb was. So, ignoring the blurb, here's my synopsis of the story:Nell Marchworld may be related to English nobility, but in New York, she's just a lowly hat-maker. However, one of her hats catches the eye of a wealthy client and she's introduced to more and more opportunities. However, her boss is so terrible that she wonders if she'll ever achieve the success she wants. Oh, and there's something in there about a romance too. For me, the enjoyable part of the story would be reading about Nell's struggle to make a success of herself. She's clearly a talented hatmaker, but way too unassertive (I feel her pain, I'd probably be unassertive in her case too). The problem is that her designs are too modern for her stuffy old-school boss, who happens to be a quit. The obvious thing to do would be to quit, but the chance of having her own label means that Nell will slog through whatever hardships her boss puts in her way. And that childhood friend Quentin? Well, she definitely pines for him the whole novel, but I never saw a hint of him liking her. I mean, that guy has a girlfriend and, at one point, was engaged to said girlfriend. As far as the I could tell, he wasn't interested in her. But an even bigger disappointment than the "love story" would be the ending. There's supposed to be a twist, but personally, it felt very forced and unbelievable. Nell spends the whole book being mentally abused by her boss, but she leaves because of... something her boss did (and not something he did to her, or a friend). I can't say that I was convinced by the ending. Overall, I enjoyed most of the novel. I didn't even mind the lack of love story, since that's never a main pull for me. However, the forced ended let me down. Disclaimer: I got a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review. This review was first posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile