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.
My thoughts: I've always thought hats were so chic and stylish, even though I can't pull one off. 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.
It was incredibly obvious the author was setting everything up for her next novel, and the way the story happened around that was a bit too obvious. It was kind of awkward. I don't want to give too much away, but a very minor character is part of a scene and it's odd how much the author focused on that for a page or two, then no one discussed it again.
Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. I'm not sure if I would read the next book about the minor character from this book, but I'm glad I read this one and would actively search out more books about hat making based on what I learned in this book.