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THE FASHION DESIGNER by Nancy Moser, Review by Trixi Oberembt


“Life is a grand puzzle, with pieces interlocking, pieces elusive, pieces missing. But in the end, God puts it all together and we see the full picture.” (Sean Culver)~pg 210


I was so glad I was able to read The Pattern Artist and go right into The Fashion Designer! It was like picking off where I left off and continuing a story I very much enjoyed. I knew the characters and their history, which connected me to them even deeper. This picks up after our main characters Annie, Maude and Edna start off on a new venture designing their own dresses with the backup of the Samsons, who fund their dreams. They soon learn those dreams come with hard work, lots of faith and a few missteps. Just like that puzzle Sean Culver is talking about, God places each piece where they need to be to build a complete picture.

I especially loved watching the character growth in Maude as the story progressed. I will admit I didn’t really like her, but this book gives more of her backstory and past life that came to light. It helped me understand how it shaped her over the years and why she built a wall around her heart. I can also relate a lot to her struggles with God and seeing how He can bring about good when something terrible happens.  When her heart does begin to soften to Him again, she starts to feel peace and assurance of His love and that He does have a good plan for her life no matter the circumstances she’s facing.

I loved watching the journey of Annie, Maude, Edna, Sean and a few new characters in this heartfelt story. Learning about fashion in the early 1900’s was fascinating and how it revolutionized with more women entering the work world. The author gives a bit of history at the end of the book; don’t miss reading it for yourself! Lastly, I loved the strong faith theme, each reminder speaking right to my own heart. It’s why I love Christian fiction so much!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.*

BACK COVER BLURB:
The American Dream thrives in 1912 New York City

Annie Wood, the housemaid-turned-pattern designer in The Pattern Artist, jumps at the chance to design her own clothing line when a wealthy New York couple offers to finance her endeavor. Joining the project is Annie’s new husband, Sean Culver, her best friend at Butterick, Maude Nascato, and a mother figure, Edna Holmquist.

Annie and her colleagues give up their careers, risking everything to follow a shared passion: clothes that are both fashionable and functional for modern, busy women in 1912.

Personal and financial setbacks test old relationships and new romances while threatening to keep the business from ever selling a single dress. No one said it would be easy. But the promise of the American Dream holds a deep hope for those who work hard, trust God, and never give up.


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  1. Excellent review, Trixi, and you pulled me in because I love that era. Thank you.

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