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Set in the 1900’s, young Annie Wood is an immigrant girl who finds work as an upper house maid at Crompton Hall, who befriends coworkers Annie and her brother Iris. The three run away after another employee at the home is abusive to them. Annie lands a job at Macy’s selling patterns and notions and soon meets Sean Culver a salesman for Butterick Patterns. After Butterick finds out how talented she is, the company offers her a job designing couture patterns. Sean teaches Annie God will always be with her if she can learn to listen daily to what he tells her.
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)|
Born into a life of hard work, English housemaid Annie Wood arrives in New York City in 1911 with her wealthy mistress. Wide-eyed with the possibilities America has to offer, Annie wonders if theres 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 Macys. While at Macys Annie catches the eye of a salesman at the Butterick Pattern Company. Through determination, hard work, and Gods leading, Annie discovers a hidden gift: she is a talented fashion designera 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 adventure, purpose, and love.
Yvonne Lehman, author of 57 novels including Hearts that SurviveA Novel of the Titanic
Hannah Alexander, author of The Healing Touch Series
Judith Miller, award-winning author of the Refined by Love series
Kristy Cambron, award-winning author of The Illusionists Apprentice and the Hidden Masterpiece series
Colleen Coble, author of Twilight at Blueberry Barrens and the Hope Beach series
"This novel has a lot of fun historical references, such as to the Titanic, Macy's department store and many more. The romance is the backstory of the novel, and it plays a big part in the overall plot."
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Entertains and InspiresJune 17, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Moser has captured the American pioneering spirit in this enthralling account of a young immigrant woman rising from the ashes of unforeseen misfortune. I was spellbound from the very first page. Loved the historical details! I've sewn a Butterick pattern or two in my time so it was really interesting to see the inner workings of the company. As wells as an insider's view of Macy's Department Store. If only sales service was as exceptional today as it was back then!
Annie is a young woman with a lot of potential who pushes ahead with courage and faith in order to follow her dream. There is a certain naivety in the way she views the world at the beginning of the story but struggling through obstacles and hardships take their toll. But Annie is a survivor and she has the love and support of new friendships to help her carry on. Though she drags her heels when it comes to a certain potential suitor!
There are plenty of stunning plot twists -- some so unexpected that I had to stop reading and get my bearings. The Pattern Artist is the kind of story that entertains and inspires...and leaves you wanting more.
Robin Willson5 Stars Out Of 5Are you creative?May 20, 2017Robin WillsonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If you are, you have a sort of craving in you to create. You search and go towards things and situations guided by that craving. It may not be something that you conscientiously do, but it does drive you. So you can understand what is behind the decisions that Annie Wood makes. It's neat that Annie doesn't have a very good opinion of herself, yet everything in the story happens because of her and she is gradually shown her strength and worth. If you enjoy fabric you know what a beautiful piece of silk is like. Beautiful and flowing, with many highlights and some shadows. This book is a bit like that. The stretching and self discovery of a young lady in 1911 who comes from a very negative English family, gets a position as a servant to get away and discovers her God given talent. And was discovered because of that talent.
I am blessed to receive several books to read, and they often get backed up as new ones come along. That happened with this book, it got pushed back and I didn't see it. Things in life happen for a reason, and I read this just when I was supposed to. It's fascinating with God's word how He sends the message that you need to receive, and your eyes are opened to your answer. From Annie's friend Edna: "The Almighty is working all around you if you just open your eyes. He's waiting for you to notice Him" . . . From Sean, Annie's beau: ". . . I need to pray for direction, be aware of the nudges the Almighty sends me, and act on those nudges to the best of my ability. If I'm on the right path, I feel a sense of peace."
I highly recommend this book. It has a good Christian message throughout, with a plot that has everything - engaging characters, rich and poor, triumph, struggle and pain. Plus a satisfying romance and interesting historical facts about the pattern making and fashion industry. Please author Nancy Moser continue the story and tell us what becomes of Annie, Sean and her friends later in life. There are stories there that need to be told (and read)! I am a new fan. This is so well written it's like a movie. Now I will have to search out the other books that this is in tangent with!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Barbour Publishing - Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5A Young Woman Discovers the American Dream!March 17, 2017Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4"I've had so many doors."
Trapped between the life that she wants and the life that she has, English housemaid Annie Wood makes the most of a trip to New York City; bravely leaving a life of servitude for the great unknown. Freedom, she quickly learns, has its own challenges, for surviving on one's own takes considerable courage and determination. Fortunately, she left her employ with two others, but one of those that they left behind holds a grudge, adding an element of danger to Annie's every move.
Settling into a modest job at Macy's department store, Annie meets a handsome Butterwick pattern salesman and a kind, widowed seamstress. Those two introductions launch Annie onto a journey of faith, whether she realizes it or not, for Annie's natural ability to create fashion is a rare gift that she barely knows how to utilize. Will her ordered view of life and love fit through the wide open gateway that beckons her into a promising future?
A really interesting story, "The Pattern Artist" gifts its readers with a glimpse into the world of a young woman who really did discover the American dream.
AmyLLaguna Niguel, CAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5good storyFebruary 26, 2017AmyLLaguna Niguel, CAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Enjoyable story with interesting characters.
JoannDeFuniak Springs, FloridaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Enjoyable readFebruary 21, 2017JoannDeFuniak Springs, FloridaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Pattern Artist is a very well written historical book. The book has a good storyline and well developed characters. I was immediately pulled into this story.