A compelling story of tragedy and triumph, “The Pattern Artist” captured my attention and imagination from the very beginning. I loved reading Annie’s story that stretched from her hopeless job as a housemaid to a sought after dress designer. Although many difficulties paved her journey to success, only God could have placed just the right people in her life just when she needed them.

Annie’s story is filled with strong supporting characters who encourage and advise her as she makes decisions that affect herself and others. The also offer comfort to her during especially difficult situations in her life. Sean’s love for Annie was so protective and unconditional even when he was unsure of her feelings for him. The plot moved along at a steady pace and was fairly well balanced with drama, danger, and romance with a touch of levity. The spiritual content was strong and I appreciated how Annie learned to hear from God.

As a lifetime seamstress myself with a mother, grandmother, and mother-in-law who also sewed, I loved reading about the early days of the Butterick Pattern Company and how the patterns were developed. It was also fun to read about the original Macys department store. My how things have changed!

“The Pattern Artist” was an excellent book that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys historical novels. Those interested in fashion or sewing would probably find it particularly interesting.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that was provided by Barbour Publishing. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.


Born into a life of hard work, English housemaid Annie Wood arrives in New York City in 1911 with her wealthy mistress. Wide-eyed with the possibilities America has to offer, Annie wonders if there’s more for her than a life of service.

Annie chooses to risk everything, taps into courage she never knew she had, and goes off on her own, finding employment in the sewing department at Macy’s. While at Macy’s Annie catches the eye of a salesman at the Butterick Pattern Company. Through determination, hard work, and God’s leading, Annie discovers a hidden gift: she is a talented fashion designer—a pattern artist of the highest degree.

As she runs from ghosts of the past and focuses on the future, Annie enters a creative world that takes her to the fashion houses of Paris and into a life of adventure, purpose, and love.

Read an excerpt from The Pattern Artist HERE.


NANCY MOSER is the best-selling author of more than twenty novels. She is a winner and two-time nominee of the Christy Award, and her latest novel was named to Booklist’s “Top 10 Romance Novels of 2011.” Nancy and her husband have three grown children and three grandchildren, and they live in the Midwest.

Learn more at Nancy’s website.