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December 2, 2016

THE PATTERN ARTIST by Nancy Moser



THE PATTERN ARTIST
A Novel
by
Nancy Moser
Product Details
CAN A LOWLY HOUSEMAID REALIZE
HER OWN AMERICAN DREAM?

DETAILS: 1911
 Born into a life of hard work, English housemaid Annie Wood arrives in New York City in 1911 with her wealthy mistress. Wide eyes 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 department store.  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 ad venture, purpose, and love.

117288Nancy Moser is the award-winning author of twenty-nine inspirational novels that focus on discovering our unique purpose. Her genres include both contemporary and historical stories.

Her latest historical novels are the Downton Abbey-inspired Manor House Series:"Love of the Summerfields", "Bride of the Summerfields", and "Rise of the Summerfields."

Also new is "The Pattern Artist" about Macy's and the Butterick Pattern company.

Her historical bio-novels allow real women-of-history to share their life stories:"Just Jane" (Jane Austen), "Mozart's Sister" (Nannerl Mozart), "Washington's Lady" (Martha Washington) and "How Do I Love Thee?" (Elizabeth Barrett Browning.)

"An Unlikely Suitor" was named to Booklist's Top 100 Romance Novels of the last decade.

Nancy's time-travel novel, "Time Lottery", won a Christy Award, and "Washington's Lady" was a finalist.

Her contemporary books are known for their big-casts and intricate plotting. Some titles are "The Invitation", "John 3: 16", "Weave of the World", "The Sister Circle", "The Seat Beside Me", and "The Good Nearby".

Nancy and her husband live in the Midwest. She's earned a degree in architecture, traveled extensively in Europe, and has performed in numerous theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She knits voraciously, kills all her houseplants, and can wire an electrical fixture without getting shocked. She is a fan of anything antique--humans included.

Find out more: nancymoser.com.
 
MY THOUGHTS
The author gives such interesting characters and describes them in great detail.  She gives the reader some history of a young immigrant woman who works in the fashion industry. She had come to America looking for a better life, that better life finally found her.  The young woman also wants to find love. But Annie believes that she will always be a lady's maid. That door was shut on her and that was good since it led to bigger and better things.  The book is written with a good sturdy foundation that isn't filled in with a lot of extra unnecessary words.   You get a bit of history, love, a woman coming from poor surroundings making it big in the fashion industry.  I especially liked this story since I love fashion and the design of it. The author also gives you some of the bad things that happen in life.  For example: Danny had been defending Annie from a bunch of bullies and as a result he dies.   This affects Annie deeply.  I had a bit of a problem with Annie, she acted like a little girl, always whining and complaining. God has a reason for us being here.  We may not know why, we may not agree, but he has a purpose for us.   If we follow, as Annie had to learn to do, we may find that purpose is exactly what we need to keep our lives going in the right direction.  With hard work, faith, determination, we can achieve bigger and better things.This is a good goal the author reminds us of.  I'm glad the author introduced me to these people, gave me some historical facts and provided enjoyment at the same time.

I receive a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Barbour's Review Crew and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 5 STARS. 

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