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The Hatmaker’s Heart

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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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!). Learn more about at

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“Fans of Carla Stewart’s work won’t be disappointed with this Jazz Age tale. With lush sensory details, Stewart brings us deep into this historical setting. . . readers will savor the sweet escape.”—Julie Cantrell, New York Times bestselling author of When Mountains Move

“Carla Stewart captures this time period with amazing accuracy. . . .When choosing “never-to-be-missed” writers, put Carla Stewart at the top of your list.”—Kim Vogel Sawyer, bestselling author of What Once Was Lost

“Bestselling author Carla Stewart employs exquisite detail and charming characters. . . .I cannot wait to read the next one she has in store!“—Jolina Petersheim, bestselling author of The Outcast

“Fans of the jazz age will cheer Nell’s journey and treasure this richly-rendered taste of the Roaring Twenties.”—Lisa Wingate, national bestselling author of The Prayer Box

“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 On Distant Shores

“Set amidst the glamor of 1920’s fashion, Carla Stewart has woven together a classy and sweet tale of love and new beginnings. The Hatmaker’s Heart is a standout of its kind.”—Joanne Bischof, award-winning author of The Cadence of Grace series

“I was swept away by the story. . .readers will love this wonderful new novel from this very gifted author!”—Carrie Turansky, author of The Governess of Highland Hall

“The Hatmaker’s Heart contains love, betrayal, and family secrets–all the elements that delight fans of Downton Abbey.”—Kellie Coates Gilbert, author of Mother of Pearl



    This is a great mid-season read, and sure to please!

    Written by Misty Nicole Overstreet-Roberts (The Lady Prefers To Save) on July 14, 2014 | e
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  • What drew me to this book was that it focused on a hat maker. While the plot didn’t delve too much into the hat making process, the plot was intriguing and flowed easily. I found it odd that Nell put up with so much of Oscar’s attitude. I think it all just stemmed from feeling like she had to bow down to superior males in her life. The ending was somewhat abrupt, but it was nice to see Nell finally found her place in life.

    Written by A New Leaf on July 6, 2014 | e


    Another day, another lovely read. This was one that I enjoyed more than others that I’ve read lately. I lost myself in the pages and the time period. I grew to despise Oscar, to love Nell and to be charmed by Calvin. The only one that I wasn’t sure about was Quentin. Nell holds a lifelong crush on him and yet, as readers, we don’t see much interaction between them, not even in the form of letters. This book is about a young woman coming into her own and growing up and it’s one that will go on my shelves and be picked up again.

    Written by Life With Katie on July 3, 2014 | e


    I really didn’t like Oscar Fields, he was such a jerk and was out for the money! And Nell just needed to stand up for herself around him, but then she was afraid for her job. I did so much enjoy the hats Nell made, they were such detailed, and it was interesting to find out where she got the different designs and ideas that she had. Someone with her skills and talents was sure to prosper during those historical times when the fancy hats were made to match the fancy gowns of the rich and famous. But it is sad that money always gets in the way.

    Written by Splashes of Joy on July 2, 2014 | e
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  • This book is an enjoyable read, hard to put down. Nell is such an endearing character. I can empathize with her stuttering, since my youngest has such a difficulty himself. A great beach read!

    Written by Life at Rossmont on July 2, 2014 | e


    I loved this book! I loved meeting Nell and travelling to England with her. My grandmother came from England and I love learning more bits and pieces about her homeland even through fiction books. This book is well written and definitely keeps the interest. I loved reading about the time period. I’ve never really gotten into the 1920′s that much as it’s not an era I’m particularly fond of, but this book makes me want to dive in and learn more! I highly recommend it. It also deals with issues that everyone today deals with and gives us a great view on how to cope and overcome!

    Written by For Him and My Family on July 1, 2014 | e
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    An intriguing look at life in the high fashion industry during the roaring twenties. I found the historical details in this book completely fascinating. Makes for a great backdrop to plop poor, innocent Nell into the middle of.

    She is a complicated character. A small town girl with more than one tragedy in her past who takes on the cut-throat business of haute couture in New York City. I loved Nell the second I ‘met’ her. Sweet and conflicted, she’s chasing a dream that almost swallows her whole. Her struggles to find herself by confronting her past makes for an inspirational read.

    Great secondary characters — both friend and foe — bring added dimension to a captivating read.

    Written by Best Reads on June 30, 2014 | e
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    The story will grab you and hold you. It’s perfect for a hot summer afternoon. I am so pleased with this book and can’t wait to read more from Carla Stewart. I am hooked on her style now. Grab a copy today!

    Written by Jen’s Journey on June 23, 2014 | e
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    The Hatmaker’s Heart is the first book from Carla Stewart I have read and I now have a new author for my must read list! As a huge fan of historical fiction, especially the 1920′s(prohibition fascinates me) I found myself wanting to read this book. Carla Stewart writes with authority about England and the United States during the 1920′s, speech therapy in that time, millinery, and fashion design of the 1920′s. I really felt like I was there watching this story unfold. I found myself hooked from the first page and my interest kept through until the end.

    Written by For The Love of Books on June 16, 2014 | e
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    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.

    Written by Melina’s Book Blog on June 15, 2014 | e
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    I really liked this book! :) Carla Stewart did an excellent job taking you back into the 20′s! The jargon was a little tough sometimes, but only because I am not used to reading words from that era. Nell is a hatmaker who is starting from the bottom. She has a heart of gold and definitely is out of her element when she is forced to stand up for herself. Carla beautifully writes about Nell’s transformation from a caterpillar to a butterfly. This book is 4 stars in my book!! :) The only reason I am giving it 4 stars is because the romance in this book was weak. I like a little more romance intertwined into the plot. But besides the sprinkle of romance, there are definitely some twists in there towards the end of the book that shocked me! Another must read this summer, if I do say so myself :)

    Written by Neatly-Packaged on June 15, 2014 | e
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    This was such a great book and I think the thing I loved about it most was the time period and the creativity of Nell. I really haven’t read many (if any) books set in the 1920′s and this was really interesting to me. I loved how the author included many of the sayings of the time – some I had never heard! It just made it so much more real. Nell and her two roommates were typical girls of the 1920′s and their conversations just really tickled me. It really added depth to the story.

    Written by Julie – More of Him on June 15, 2014 | e
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    The beautiful cover of this book alone makes you want to read it. If you are a fan of the roaring 20′s with all the elegant dresses and hats, you will love this behind the scenes story. While there was a romantic element to the story, it wasn’t the focus and the author did that very well. Her writing is clear, very descriptive and draws you into the story. This story gets 4 stars from this reviewer.
    This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.

    Written by Cindy’s Book Reviews on June 13, 2014 | e
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    What an entertaining story about a young lady struggling with issues from her childhood that affected her as an adult. I enjoyed reading about the changes that women started going through in the twenties such as going to college and having careers. Carla did a great job describing everything and using the catch phrases used during that time period that it made me feel as if I was there. I loved reading about the beautiful hats that Nell designed, it made me wish people still wore hats the way they used to

    Written by Frugal-Shopping on June 13, 2014 | e
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    If you’re looking for a great novel to read as you head to the beach this summer, grab The Hatmaker’s Heart. You’ll fall in love with Nell,her independent spirit and the fashions of the 1920′s. I loved this story and especially the detail of the hats Nell creates. It really transports you to another world. Go read it!

    Written by redeemed on June 13, 2014 | e
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    I found this to be an interesting and well written book.At times I wasn’t as drawn into the book as I would like to have been,but overall it was good.I enjoyed the author’s writings about the times and talking about the main characters stutter.The author did a good job at researching and writing about the times.This was an enjoyable,good read.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on June 13, 2014 | e
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    Readers will enjoy their look into the millinery world and the twenties in general, as Nell works, travels, and even visits a speakeasy. The story behind her stuttering and her attempts to overcome it add another layer to the story, as does her childhood friendship with Quentin, now a London banker. The part of the book which takes place in 1922 London, with its flutter of excitement over the royal wedding, has the flavor of Downton Abbey, post WWI era, while the New York segments signal the changes women will demand over the next few years. All these social change and cultural references are so smoothly integrated into the overall story that it is only when one stops to discuss the book does a reader realize just how much there is to process.
    If you check other books written by Carla Stewart, you’ll see she is the type of author who makes each book its own unique creation with characters, plot, and details carefully chosen to best capture that particular story, much the same way Nell selected her fabric and beads to capture each woman’s own beauty. I suggest you read them all.

    Written by Thoughts from Mill Street on June 13, 2014 | e
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    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.

    Written by Maureen’s Musings on June 13, 2014 | e
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    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.

    Written by Iola’s Christian Reads on June 12, 2014 | e
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    The Roaring 20′s is such a fun era to read about and The Hatmaker’s Heart depicted that time period so well! It was fun to read about!

    I also loved the unique main character: a hatmaker! I love Nell’s determination to overcome her speech impediment and let her skills shine. I loved watching her determination in an era where men dominated the work force and her passion to make others happy and beautiful fuels her determination to succeed!

    It was also fun to see glimpses into life in London, the Prohibition Era, Speakeasies, and the Jazz Age.

    Written by The Review Stew on June 12, 2014 | e
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    As always Carla brings us in her own sweet style steadfast heroes, a sweet romance, a mystery and a great cast of supporting characters. To follow her dreams Nellie must first come to terms with who is villain and who is true…

    With its delightful front cover, this is a light hearted story of finding your heart amid deceptions and even temptations in the roaring twenties!
    The Hatmaker’s Heart is a little gem for you to discover!

    4 Stars!

    Written by Live and Dream a little dream on June 12, 2014 |e
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    The Hatmakers Heart by Carla Stewart was an enjoyable book to read. There were parts of this book that I really didn’t care for and there were characters that I couldn’t stand in the least. But even with those things I still didn’t put this book down until it was finished.

    Written by The World As I See It on June 12, 2014 | e
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    Nell was such a fun character and her job was so amazing! I really enjoyed reading about her work at bringing hats to life for each woman who wears it! I never realized just how important it was to have a perfect hat at different functions or how how stressful it could be in making that perfect hat!

    The story itself was fascinating and at times slightly heart-breaking! It was interesting to read about the different clubs/speakeasies and Nell’s time in London (which I thought was unique)! All the characters in the different places helped bring the setting even more to life!

    Written by Crafty Booksheeps on June 12, 2014 | e
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    I love period fiction and this story was awesome! I couldn’t put it down. Fashion details about the 1920′s and the way society functioned. Roles of women… I kept wondering why Nell didn’t just go out on her own and start her own business, but I forget how little respect women got back then for doing something in a man’s world.

    This was also the era of prohibition so there were some references to the way that affected life. I love getting a glimpse into another era and I think Carla did a wonderful job filling in all the details to give us a picture of what life would have been like almost 100 years ago.

    Written by Welcome to Married Life on June 11, 2014 | e


    I was drawn to this story by the cover. How pretty is it? The colors, the hats, the clothes, it offers such a wonderful idea to what this story is about. After reading through this book, this is the perfect cover. It captures the story beautifully in this photo.

    This is the first story I’ve read by Carla Stewart and I was not disappointed. I was pulled in and I couldn’t put this book down. I honestly read this story till I was through and that was at 4am. This was not an action filled story. On the contrary, it was a very thoughtful story. A story of growth and finding who you are meant to be, all set during the roaring 20′s, prohibition in America, and the royal wedding in England.

    Written by Too Read or Not Too Read on June 11, 2014 | e
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    I was immediately drawn into the story and did not want to stop reading once I started. Also, I love the cover of this novel, it is eye-catching and just perfect for the story!

    Written by Moments on June 11, 2014 | e
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    The Hatmaker’s Heart: A Novel was another great novel I finished. “Nell Marchwold, bliss is seeing the transformation when someone gets a glimpse in the mirror while wearing one of her creations and feels beautiful. 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”. I can so relate to her character as I have also worked for a Boss who once tried to exploit and hide my talents. I really feel for the character as she tries to make hats but also a name for herself. Found by a up and coming fashion designer her life twists into London.

    Written by Western New Yorker on June 11, 2014 | e
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    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.

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on June 11, 2014 | e
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    This is a wonderful story of following your dreams and working hard to reach for your goals. It’s a story of discovering your own self-worth and bringing out the best in others. It’s romantic and fun and I highly recommend you pick up a copy today!!!

    Written by JoJo’s Corner on June 11, 2014 | e
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    This book was set in the 1920′s which typically isn’t a time period I read. This story line follows Nell and her struggles with being a hatmaker and being successful in a man’s business world. It was a good story but not something that kept my interest or what I would typically like to read. I did like reading about the 20′s fashion and different slang that they used. I give it 4 stars because its a good story and great writing, just not for me.

    Written by Crafts-n-Fitness on June 11, 2014 | e
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    This is a very good historical novel centering on a hat designer in the 1920s. Nell has the unique ability to create hats that accentuates the woman’s beauty, both inside and out. There is a little romance but mostly the novel is about a woman coming into her own in an era when women were just beginning to do so. This is a well written novel of pursuing a dream when that involves bringing out the best in others.

    Written by Book Reviews from an Avid Reader on June 11, 2014 | e
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    This book had me at page one–a real page turner! This author has a talent for description and detail, transporting you immediately to the 1920′s. I loved learning about high-fashion, jazz age (and hang outs of the time), prohibition, and all the fun things of the 20′s. A charming story with great characters. A must read for all history buffs. A truly fun summer read.

    Written by Four Seasons of Blessings on June 11, 2014 | e
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    When I first began reading The Hatmaker’s Heart, I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy it. Something about the opening pages just didn’t grab me. But by page 20 or so, I was completely invested in Nell’s story. I absolutely love the way the novel unfolded—author Carla Stewart slowly (very slowly) peeled back the layers of Nell’s backstory, revealing information or including flashbacks at the perfect time. At the beginning of the novel, I never would have guessed the depth of Nell’s character or the horrible things in her past. What could have been a typical romance novel became so much more. In fact, the romance, though sweet, isn’t the heart of the novel—really, the novel is all about Nell finding her voice and becoming the woman God created her to be. And it’s a truly delightful journey.

    Written by Christian Chick’s Thoughts on June 10, 2014 | e
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    I loved this book! The cover is one of my all time favorites and the characters were wonderful. This book is unique, I’ve never read about a hat maker before. Nell is a great character set in the twenties when fashion was fast changing. This takes the reader in the fashion world of that time with the scandals and runway shows of that time. People haven’t changed that much!

    Written by I Hope You Dance on June 10, 2014 | e
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    Carla Stewart did her research especially with catchphrases from 1922. It was fun to have that added element to take you to the past.

    Written by Charlotte’s Heart on June 10, 2014 | e

  • The Hatmaker’s Heart completely immersed me in Nell’s world, not just her world at the millinery, but also the New York and London of a different time…

    This was a heartfelt and inspiring story about a girl trying to find her place in a world where women were still not allowed the careers they deserved, but was determined to retain her integrity and fight for what she wanted and the path she should take even when that path changed. I highly recommend The Hatmaker’s Heart to inspirational and general historical fiction readers, especially if they like their books with a touch of romance.

    Written by Tressa’s Wishful Endings on June 10, 2014 | e
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    I read this book in one night. A real page turner. It made me think of stories my grandmother shared. My grandmother was also a widow with a small child and had no one to help like in this book. She moved to Houston and made a good life for her and my child.The life she had before she was a widow was not a good life due to lack of rights. We must remember the sacrifices and movements women made giving us a life and rights we now take for granted.

    Written by It’s Time To Read Mamaw on June 9, 2014 | e
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    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.

    Written by Labor Not in Vain on June 9, 2014 | e
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    I really enjoyed this book and have found a new author for me to enjoy. It was fun to read about hat making and how much pride Nell takes in her work. I did not like her boss and how he tried holding Nell back just because of her speech problem. When the fashion designer found Nell I was so happy and was cheering her own. Carla did a good job of catching you on the first page and left me wanting more at the end. The character development in this book was done very well. This was a fun historical fiction book that took us back in time in the fashion industry. You can’t help but finding yourself hoping that Nell and Quentin get together. But you will have to read the book yourself to see how it all turns out for Nell and see what path she takes. I look forward to reading more books by this author.

    Written by Griperang’s Bookmarks on June 9, 2014 | e
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    This is a perfect read. The story will grab you and hold you. It’s perfect for a hot summer afternoon. I am so pleased with this book and can’t wait to read more from Carla Stewart. I am hooked on her style now. Nell is the perfect character and I enjoyed every bit of her story in The Hatmaker’s Heart. I highly recommend this book. Pick up a copy today!

    Written by Let’s Eat 2 Day on June 9, 2014 | e
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    The amount of time that must have gone into shaping the world of a high-end millinery was a joy to behold. Ribbons and baubles, adornments and flourishing flounces and touches, I was engaged in Nell’s world. Moreover, I liked her journey as a woman who was trying so hard to create her own hat line, and thus, stand up in a male-dominated workforce, despite the efforts of her employer, Oscar Fields, to keep her from making a separate name for herself.

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    Readers will immediately connect with Nell as she rises above her past, her disability, and opportunistic colleagues to become a success. One cannot help but root for Nell as she makes her way through a great new world alone.

    Written by Savings in Seconds on June 8, 2014 | e
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    This book had all of the elements of the “Roaring 20′s”. I got a real feel for that time period while reading it. It 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. In my opinion, the characters were very engaging and well balanced and I really loved the entire 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!

    Written by A Book Lover’s Retreat on June 7, 2014 | e
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    Carla writes a book that takes you right into the heart of the Jazz age. Nell has aspirations of being a hat maker, not only creating great hat’s for ladies, but seeing her designs literally make the person come to life.
    This book is an entertaining read, the characters come to life, and you feel like you are right in the middle of the Jazz age. I highly recommend it!

    Written by Radiant Light on June 7, 2014 | e
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    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.

    Written by Daysong Reflections on June 6, 2014 | e
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    An incredible story of determination and acceptance. I loved Nell and how determined she was to make it in a man’s world (and such a reminder of how far we as women have come!). I loved watching her grow through out the novel and realize her own true worth.

    Written by Working Mommy Journal on June 6, 2014 | e
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    The Hatmaker’s Heart is a book filled with exquisite beauty. The author did a wonderful job researching so that I felt like I was there, ready to place my order for a new hat.

    Written by Mom 2 Mom Connection on June 5, 2014 | e
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    Interesting little book!

    Written by Semel insanivimus omnes on June 5, 2014 | e
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    Was I very surprised and impressed with this novel? Yes! Carla Stewart’s book never felt like modernity shoved back into history. It just felt right. Historical settings, the day to day life of a promising designer, and Nell’s own blossoming as a person. It makes for great reading!

    Written by Found a Christian by His Grace on June 4, 2014 | e
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    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!

    Written by Reviews From The Heart on June 4, 2014 | e
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The characters draw you in and keep your heart pumping. I had a few tears but more smiles and a few laughs while reading this book. I would recommend it for adults because they would connect more.I received a complimentary copy of this book from litfuse.

    Written by Cassandra M’s Place on June 3, 2014 | e
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    I absolutely love reading books that are set in the 1900s- 1920s! Before the craze of Downton Abbey, it was a time period largely ignored by books and the media (with the exception of the Titanic). I found myself totally enamoured by this story.

    I loved the character and the depth she was given by the author. To be honest, the romance was a toss away to me- the author could have completely deleted that and I wouldn’t have cared at all. The real meat of the story came with Nell’s work. I loved reading about the hats that she made and the clothes that they wore- I loved all the detail and descriptions- now if only there would have been illustrations. That absolutely would have made my day!

    Written by The Best Books Ever on June 1, 2014 | e
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    A romance set in the 1920′s sure to transport you to that time period.

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on May 28, 2014 | e
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