Jan. 22, 2017

The Pattern Artist by Nancy Moser

*****5 stars

A Christian Sewing Historical to Love!

Another historical fiction to love,this one by Nancy Moser. In The Pattern Artist, we follow English servant Annie Woods as she arrives in New York City. Annie moves, amazingly, from servant to sales lady at Macy's to pattern artist at Butterick's. 

Annie's journey is one of ambition, hard work, love,and much soul-searching. I appreciated how spiritual themes were appropriately interwoven without getting over-preachy or lengthy. Mrs. Sampson is a hoot! I think I would have liked to have known her. I was also surprised at the close friendship of Annie and Maude. Another example of Annie walking through an open door, as she says at one point about how her life transpires so fantastically.

What caused me to love this book was the glimpse of a slice of life out of many classes of society in New York City. Moser makes learning a little bit about the design world in the early 1900s very interesting and fresh, even for one who doesn't sew. The involvement of a great historical event that I will not disclose added to the book's time period authenticity.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. I voluntarily left this unbiased review of my own opinions.