Set during the “Roaring 20’s” and the prohibition era, “The Hatmaker’s Heart” was particularly intriguing to me for its peek into what life was like during my grandmother’s younger years. Because of the vivid descriptions I could practically see the fashions of the day, hear the jazz musicians, and watch the dancers as they enjoyed a night out. I also got a pretty good look at the darker side of speakeasies and illegal alcohol as well as some of the more unpleasant men who frequented such places.

I really liked Nell, the principal character of “The Hatmaker’s Heart”. Not only was she extremely gifted at her chosen profession but she had a heart for others and made a concerted effort to believe the best about people, even to her disadvantage. Portraying Nell with a speech handicap was pure genius, especially the efforts she made to overcome it and the secrets about her past that were revealed during the process.  I spent much of the book wanting to warn Nell about her despicable boss who was using her talent to make a name for his business. The author did such a wonderful job with his description that I personally detested the man.

I loved everything about “The Hatmaker’s Heart” and plan to give it a prime spot on my keeper shelf.

This book was provided for review by LitFuse Publicity.


The Hatmaker's HeartFor 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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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!).