“The Hatmaker’s Heart,” by Carla Stewart

I never really thought about what goes into making a hat. This book clearly revealed to me the talent required of a milliner in the 1920’s. Nell was artistic, she drew sketches of her creations. I can’t even draw stick people!  There was fabric, bangles, and beads – just to name a few of items required in the process. The milliner had to take into consideration the gown or clothing the woman would wear with the hat, the shape of the woman’s face and her eye color, etc. Goodness! Who knew? I enjoyed learning about the art of hat making.

Nell certainly has a challenging boss, Oscar Fields. He was despicable, to say the least. The author did a fine job creating an antagonist. Oscar was a master at making everyone miserable, but Nell was assertive enough to stand up to him, especially at the end of the story.

I thought Sal’s Diner was a nice oasis for Nell.

The Roaring Twenties, hat making, fashion shows, a family secret and a young woman with a passion for hats – it was a good read.

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