Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Pattern Artist


 
GIVEAWAY

MOSER, NANCY
THE PATTERN ARTIST

Can a lowly housemaid realize her own American dream?

Born into a life of hard work, English housemaid Annie Wood arrives in New York City in 1911 with his wealthy mistress. Wide-eyed 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 adventure, purpose, and love.

My Review:

Published 2016 (yes, we've reached that point in the new year where the previous year's books are officially considered retro reads. Where did the time go?!)

Moser 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.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Pattern Artist, leave a comment below ore send me an email at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you leave your email address in a comment, please remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so that it is easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday June 18 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

41 comments:

  1. I saw this book somewhere (probably Amazon) and found that it sounded interesting. Not having ever read anything from this author, I was instantly intrigued :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I don't consider 2016 books as retro reads...LOL ;-)

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    2. I know -- when does a book become a retro read??? I give it six months into the next year before I brand it retro -- and that's just because there are so many current years books to embrace that I'm afraid I'll get even farther behind! Such a reading dilemma.

      I've only read one other book by Nancy Moser but I now have several of her earlier books on hold at my library so stay tuned for 'true' retro reads from this author on future Saturday giveaways. LOL Good luck, Trixi.

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  2. Thanks Kav, it does sound really good. Thanks for the chance. iamabho (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. You're welcome, Linda. Good luck.

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  3. This sounds like such a unique read! I'm really excited to experience it for myself!
    Elly -Indiana-

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    1. It's fantastic, Elly. Good luck.

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  4. KAV, this one sounds awesome! Thank you for the chance!
    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Caryl. Good luck.

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  5. This book looks great. Thanks for the review!
    kathrynlvossATgmailDOTcom

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    1. It is! Awesomesauce even. :-) Good luck, Kate.

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  6. Butterick has one of the best collections of reprinted vintage patterns--I'm pretty sure they (and some originals) comprise a good half of my pattern stash. Now I feel obligated to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

    rachaeldalquist AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. I didn't know that, Rachael. How cool. Must check the company out. It's been quite a while since I've sewed anything...I think the last project was doggy Halloween costumes. LOL Good luck.

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  7. I am captivated by this cover. I think it says so much! Being a new author to me, I would love to read get book. Thank you, Kav for a great review and the opportunity. mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. It's an inviting cover, isn't it? Caught my attention before I even read the back blurb. Good luck, Melanie.

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  8. OH I WANT TO READ THIS ONE! :D I LOVE stunning plot twists to! ;)

    Hugs, Amada
    amada_chavezATyahooDOTcom

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    1. This one will keep your riveted. Good luck, Amada.

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  9. This one sounds interesting. I have fond memories of picking out Butterick (and other brand) patterns with my mom so that she could sew our clothes. Thanks for the review and the giveaway.

    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. I just checked out the Butterick website and they are still rocking it! What a legacy. Good luck, Loraine.

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  10. Oh my! Looking at this cover brought back a lot of memories for me! My mom made all of our dresses when we were growing up. There were 5 of us girls plus our mom. We would love when we got to go shopping for some new material and a pattern. This sounds like a great historical romance. Thanks for your review and giveaway. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. Goodness, five girls? Your mom must have been non-stop sewing. My mum used to sew everything too -- even coats and jackets. She was brilliant but didn't pass the brilliance gene down to me. I'm more of a crafty sewer and buttonholes still elude me. Good luck, Donna.

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  11. Several years ago Nancy Moser was in town for a writer's retreat with Deborah Raney and Stephanie Grace Whitson. They spent an hour or so with my book club. Since then, I've been very interested in reading Nancy's books. This one is of special interest because of the sewing aspect. Thanks for your review and the giveaway.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Oh my goodness what an incredible lineup of authors. And I'm totally jealous that you have a book club. Good luck, Pam.

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  12. I love books with unexpected twists and turns. This sounds like a good one!
    dianemestrella at gmail dot com

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    1. It really is. Good luck, Diane.

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  13. This was the first book I've read by Nancy Moser. It was a good one!

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    1. It's just my second. Isn't she an awesome storyteller? So many complications and twists and turns.

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  14. Another good author! I would love to be entered!
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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    1. You're entered, Nicole. Good luck.

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  15. I have read a book by Nancy. This one sound so good. I , too, have been sewing a looooong time. Loved to look through pattern catalogs. I even worked in a fabric shop when I was first married. Now I sew crafts and things for the grandkids and Church Country Store ( to raise money for charity projects). I would like my name put in for the drawing. Thanks Kav! paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. Seems we all have some fond sewing memories and that makes this the perfect book. Good luck, Paula.

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  16. oh this sounds fascinating. I have been sewing since I was 6 and love reading about seamstress's and tailors.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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    1. This book is perfect for you, Lori. Good luck.

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  17. OH being a seamstress myself I would love to read this one. I have always wanted to learn pattern making. I sure hope there is still time to enter. This book sounds intriguing.. Fingers crossed!!
    amylsmith AT bledsoe DOT net

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  18. I loved this book. Good luck ladies.

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  19. Sounds like a very good book!
    Thanks for the chance :)

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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  20. It's so interesting that things of my childhood are now relics. I vividly remember my mother pulling out the patterns and spreading them on the floor. My daughter wouldn't know what a pattern was!
    Dianna (dedezoomsalot at yahoo dot com)

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  21. I think I'd like to give this one a try. Sounds interesting!

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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  22. Please don't enter me in the contest, I just want to let your readers know that this is a great book!

    wfnren at aol dot com

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