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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 offer 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 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 offer 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 threaten to keep the business from ever selling a single dress and test old relationships and new romances. 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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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 offer 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 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 offer 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 threaten to keep the business from ever selling a single dress and test old relationships and new romances. 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.  

30 review for The Fashion Designer (The Pattern Artist #2)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Thanks to NetGalley, Barbour Publishing, Inc. and author Nancy Moser for providing me with a digital ARC of THE FASHION DESIGNER, which allows me to write an unbiased review. THE FASHION DESIGNER is one of those books I love to read. It is an inspirational, story set in 1912 New York City. I haven't read many books about America in this era, and was pleased to learn about the buildings, businesses, customs, fashions, and family life in 1912 New York. It is evident that Nancy Moser did extensive Thanks to NetGalley, Barbour Publishing, Inc. and author Nancy Moser for providing me with a digital ARC of THE FASHION DESIGNER, which allows me to write an unbiased review. THE FASHION DESIGNER is one of those books I love to read. It is an inspirational, story set in 1912 New York City. I haven't read many books about America in this era, and was pleased to learn about the buildings, businesses, customs, fashions, and family life in 1912 New York. It is evident that Nancy Moser did extensive research and has seamlessly woven it together in this story about Annie and her best friends, Maude and Edna giving up their careers at Butterick to start a business designing and making fashionable and functional clothing for busy, modern women. With faith in God, hard work and determination, Annie, her husband Sean Culver and friends do not give up their dreams, in spite of financial, personal and other hardships and obstacles. Nancy Moser is a new author to me, and I look forward to reading more of her books. 4 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    "The Fashion Designer" by Nancy Moser is a book filled with fashion, history and women's rights! It is also packed with faith content! It's the second book in "The Pattern Artist" series and can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading the books in sequence to get the most enjoyment from the series as there are references to past events, and characters from the first book make cameo appearances. Ms. Moser does refresh the reader later on in the story regarding characters and events "The Fashion Designer" by Nancy Moser is a book filled with fashion, history and women's rights! It is also packed with faith content! It's the second book in "The Pattern Artist" series and can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading the books in sequence to get the most enjoyment from the series as there are references to past events, and characters from the first book make cameo appearances. Ms. Moser does refresh the reader later on in the story regarding characters and events from the previous book, but it would have been nice to have a little refresher or character list earlier on. Ms. Moser excels in the historical details. She wows the reader with her descriptions of the time period, down to every minute detail. I felt like I was transported back into New York City in the early 1900s, when women were still fighting for their rights and maternity clothes weren't yet in fashion. Our main character, Annie, wants to design affordable, functional clothes for the everyday woman. She even wants to try her hand in maternity wear (gasp!). I learned so much history while following Annie's journey. "The Fashion Designer" has characters that really live out the Christian walk and incorporate their faith into everything they do. The main characters are always talking about their faith, praying, discussing God's timing and trying to trust God. There is a sweet bit where Annie's husband leaves her a Scripture verse when she is struggling with doubt. There are some more mature themes in this book, such as domestic abuse and rape. They are both talked about, not in a lot of detail, but enough that I was feeling uncomfortable. It was very hard to read about the way a husband is treating his wife at one point. I know that these are important and realistic themes to address, but they may be hard for some to read about. "The Fashion Designer" incorporates a lot of great history and faith content! I really enjoyed those aspects, but I would caution younger and/or sensitive readers due to the more mature themes in the book. Overall, I really enjoyed it! Content: I would rate this book PG-13 due to some of the mature themes that are addressed. Some examples of the content are: a joke about a woman’s bosom; a man smokes a cigar; people drink champagne and other alcoholic beverages; a man is emotionally and a little physically abusive towards his wife and he oppresses her; there is a conversation about a woman giving birth, but it’s not graphic; a woman has been raped in the past and talks about that and losing her virginity; there is talk of a man being a drunkard. Rating: I give this book 3 stars. Genre: Historical fiction; Christian fiction I want to thank NetGalley, Nancy Moser, Shiloh Run Press and Barbour Publishing for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    An uplifting read full of inspiration, interesting history, and tender romance! Annie's story, begun in The Pattern Artist, continues on as she finds herself and her friends stretching out to fulfill the dream of starting their own clothing line. The setting of 1912 New York City hosts the growing market of working women whose needs for practical, affordable clothing spark the ideas for Annie's new designs. This next segment of the story held my interest clear through, with many faith-filled mome An uplifting read full of inspiration, interesting history, and tender romance! Annie's story, begun in The Pattern Artist, continues on as she finds herself and her friends stretching out to fulfill the dream of starting their own clothing line. The setting of 1912 New York City hosts the growing market of working women whose needs for practical, affordable clothing spark the ideas for Annie's new designs. This next segment of the story held my interest clear through, with many faith-filled moments, and the additional side characters with their struggles. This isn't a fluffy read, as couples struggle with marital problems, domestic violence, pregnancy, and the aftermath of assault. Though tough topics are touched on, it is handled gently with much hope, and without the gritty details. "God is merciful...He is the God of second chances." A lot of personal risk is involved, starting a company, standing up for the underprivileged, leaning on faith and hope, and learning to trust in God through hard times. As Annie learns in this struggle, it takes "faith, hope and a lot of hard work" to reach the goal. Her husband is a great source of encouragement. Their conversations were my favorite as they were full of reminders to lean on God and His perfect timing, His provision, and deep love for us. Recommend to readers who enjoy historical fiction with romance and faith. There are many recaps from book one, so it can be a stand alone read, but probably better enjoyed after reading the first in the series. (An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Loraine

    The Fashion Designer is a rags to riches light romance. Annie began in England as a young housemaid, traveled to New York to continue as a lady's dresser, became a pattern artist at Butterick and is now married and trying to start her own business. I loved everything about this book. The strong spiritual content that wound its way throughout the story was so well done. Everyone of the characters is one you will remember, and the closeness within the group as they started the new "off the rack" dr The Fashion Designer is a rags to riches light romance. Annie began in England as a young housemaid, traveled to New York to continue as a lady's dresser, became a pattern artist at Butterick and is now married and trying to start her own business. I loved everything about this book. The strong spiritual content that wound its way throughout the story was so well done. Everyone of the characters is one you will remember, and the closeness within the group as they started the new "off the rack" dress store was completely endearing. I particularly enjoyed seeing Annie learn patience and that everything would work in God's timing. Another wonderful character was Maude as she learned to let go of the horrible event in her past and open up to love. Several of Annie's group found their true loves throughout this story, but Moser did an excellent job of keeping the romances as a sideline to the main focus of the developing business. Moser also included some fascinating historical detail The historical detail on the development of the Lane Bryant franchise was so interesting along with the fact that she started out with a clothing store devoted entirely to maternity wear. This book is the sequel to The Pattern Artist. I had not read the first book but enough information is included about prior events that it is not difficult to follow the storyline. I look forward to reading The Pattern Artist. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Shiloh Run Press through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    "The Fashion Designer" by Nancy Moser is a book filled with fashion, history and women's rights! It is also packed with faith content! It's the second book in "The Pattern Artist" series and can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading the books in sequence to get the most enjoyment from the series as there are references to past events, and characters from the first book make cameo appearances. Ms. Moser does refresh the reader later on in the story regarding characters and event "The Fashion Designer" by Nancy Moser is a book filled with fashion, history and women's rights! It is also packed with faith content! It's the second book in "The Pattern Artist" series and can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading the books in sequence to get the most enjoyment from the series as there are references to past events, and characters from the first book make cameo appearances. Ms. Moser does refresh the reader later on in the story regarding characters and events from the previous book, but it would have been nice to have a little refresher or character list earlier on. Ms. Moser excels in the historical details. She wows the reader with her descriptions of the time period, down to every minute detail. I felt like I was transported back into New York City in the early 1900s, when women were still fighting for their rights and maternity clothes weren't yet in fashion. Our main character, Annie, wants to design affordable, functional clothes for the everyday woman. She even wants to try her hand in maternity wear (gasp!). I learned so much history while following Annie's journey. "The Fashion Designer" has characters that really live out the Christian walk and incorporate their faith into everything they do. The main characters are always talking about their faith, praying, discussing God's timing and trying to trust God. There is a sweet bit where Annie's husband leaves her a Scripture verse when she is struggling with doubt. There are some more mature themes in this book, such as domestic abuse and rape. They are both talked about, not in a lot of detail, but enough that I was feeling uncomfortable. It was very hard to read about the way a husband is treating his wife at one point. I know that these are important and realistic themes to address, but they may be hard for some to read about. "The Fashion Designer" incorporates a lot of great history and faith content! I really enjoyed those aspects, but I would caution younger and/or sensitive readers due to the more mature themes in the book. Overall, I really enjoyed it! Content: I would rate this book PG-13 due to some of the mature themes that are addressed. Some examples of the content are: a joke about a woman’s bosom; a man smokes a cigar; people drink champagne and other alcoholic beverages; a man is emotionally and a little physically abusive towards his wife and he oppresses her; there is a conversation about a woman giving birth, but it’s not graphic; a woman has been raped in the past and talks about that and losing her virginity; there is talk of a man being a drunkard. Rating: I give this book 3 stars. Genre: Historical fiction; Christian fiction I want to thank NetGalley, Nancy Moser, Shiloh Run Press and Barbour Publishing for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255. I also received a kindle copy from a GoodReads giveaway. I was not required to write a positive review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    The Fashion Designer by Nancy Moser is the second book in a series about a group of women who are involved in changes in women’s fashions around 1912. The first book is The Pattern Artist. It would be best to read The Pattern Artist first as The Fashion Designer builds on the people and relationships of the first book. I would recommend this book for those interested in sewing and early 20th Century fashion. Have you wondered about the beginnings of such fashion brands as Lane Bryant? Or how wom The Fashion Designer by Nancy Moser is the second book in a series about a group of women who are involved in changes in women’s fashions around 1912. The first book is The Pattern Artist. It would be best to read The Pattern Artist first as The Fashion Designer builds on the people and relationships of the first book. I would recommend this book for those interested in sewing and early 20th Century fashion. Have you wondered about the beginnings of such fashion brands as Lane Bryant? Or how women went from custom made dresses to off-the-rack or ready to wear clothes? How did the first pattern companies come about? The Fashion Designer follows Annie Culver and her friends as they try to realize their dream to bring clothes of ease and comfort to the average woman. Through their quest to open a dress shop, their faith is tested. But God is shown as an integral part of their lives. They rely on prayer and seek the best God has for them in their endeavors and in their personal relationships. I liked how Nancy used the facts about Lane Bryant to further the story. She even uses the suffragette movement and the presidential electon to great advantage. This was an interesting read for me because I love history and I have been sewing for many years. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  7. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I really enjoyed this historical romance. I didn't realize at first that it was a continuation of The Pattern Artist, so several pages in, I had to put my tablet down and go back to reread the previous story "to get a running start." I loved the story of Annie and Sean and their friends/family even more in this second book. The challenges they met with equal parts of faith and doubt were realistic and touching. I appreciated that Scripture and prayer helped guide their decisions. One of the reas I really enjoyed this historical romance. I didn't realize at first that it was a continuation of The Pattern Artist, so several pages in, I had to put my tablet down and go back to reread the previous story "to get a running start." I loved the story of Annie and Sean and their friends/family even more in this second book. The challenges they met with equal parts of faith and doubt were realistic and touching. I appreciated that Scripture and prayer helped guide their decisions. One of the reasons I like to read is to "travel" to new places and eras, and Moser really ticks this box for me. Her research is sound, and gives an authentic flavor to her books. In this story, she deals with an issue that the early 20th century culture tried to sweep under the rug - physical and emotional violence toward women. Maude's story especially is touching. On a technical note, Moser has a way with words that is so satisfying. For instance, this reaction is eloquent and just exactly what a seamstress would think/feel: "...instead of embracing his words, she distrusted them, like the nap of velvet that felt smooth when stroked in one direction and rough when stroked the other way." Delicious. One confession I have to make is that I saw Henrietta totally differently than Moser's petite character - she reminded me so much of the wonderful but tall and awkward Chummy from "Call the Midwife." I just couldn't change my mental picture of her! I was so glad she found her niche in NY. In fact, many of the character found happy endings...there were more loose ends neatly snipped off than at Annie's shop Unruffled itself. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review, but I heartily endorse it for all readers who enjoy clean, historical fiction.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    The Fashion Designer is the second installment from Nancy Moser’s series, The Pattern Maker. I thought it was a pretty read. I enjoyed Annie and being taken back to her time of 1912 New York City. I found the story to be inspirational and full of faith. I give The Fashion Designer a well deserved 5+ stars and highly recommend it for those who love historical fiction. I would recommend to the reader to make sure to catch the first book of the series, The Pattern Artist, before reading this one.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gina Burgess

    Here is a great sequel to Moser's first one, The Pattern Artist. Loved the characters then, and still love them. Sometimes it's nice to find out What Happened Next! Characters were developed well in the first one. This one, it's kinda difficult to develop them even more. There were mentions of characters in the first book that are developed more in this one. Quite interesting. Since i read the first one, it's hard to tell if you really need to read the first one to get everything in the second. A Here is a great sequel to Moser's first one, The Pattern Artist. Loved the characters then, and still love them. Sometimes it's nice to find out What Happened Next! Characters were developed well in the first one. This one, it's kinda difficult to develop them even more. There were mentions of characters in the first book that are developed more in this one. Quite interesting. Since i read the first one, it's hard to tell if you really need to read the first one to get everything in the second. Although there was some rehash from the first, so I doubt reading the first is a must. The plot moves along at a steady pace. The difficulties the characters must overcome are completely different, and that is what makes this book as interesting as -- maybe even a bit better -- than the first. Good reading all around. Five of five stars. Received this book from Netgalley. No exchange agreements were made for this honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    Nancy Moser's book The Fashion Designer is a story interwoven with faith, love, struggles, Within the pages are a handful of women who support each other through each storm. A book that keeps you riveted and glued to the pages! Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Nancy Moser's book The Fashion Designer is a story interwoven with faith, love, struggles, Within the pages are a handful of women who support each other through each storm. A book that keeps you riveted and glued to the pages! Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nora St Laurent

    I enjoyed the authors note to readers as much as I enjoyed the novel. I liked hearing about her research and the treasures she found. She mentions the time period between 1912-1913 had an enormous impact on women’s fashion. The shift was made to functional and comfort. Instead of difficult and tight fitting. There is a sad but hilarious scene where Henrietta gets stuck in her high fashion dress because she had no one to help her undo the buttons in the back of her dress. I often wondered why the I enjoyed the authors note to readers as much as I enjoyed the novel. I liked hearing about her research and the treasures she found. She mentions the time period between 1912-1913 had an enormous impact on women’s fashion. The shift was made to functional and comfort. Instead of difficult and tight fitting. There is a sad but hilarious scene where Henrietta gets stuck in her high fashion dress because she had no one to help her undo the buttons in the back of her dress. I often wondered why they needed maids to help them dress and undress. That scene says it all! Grin! Annie is inspired to bring pretty, and comfortable creations to life for the working woman. She wanted clothes that woman could breathe and be free in. She called it “fashion for the unruffled, unveiled, and the unstoppable woman.” I was swept up in the excitement of these young ladies coming up with ideas for the clothes and watch them set up their store in New York fashion district. It was an intriguing look into the fashion world back then. What they had to go through to have women change and how they set up a retail store with different size dresses. It was unique for that time when dresses were made to order. Lane Bryant was in the novel. I liked hearing about the interesting facts behind Annie meeting her. I learned fascinating facts about Lane Bryant too that made me smile. I enjoyed all the ladies in the story, how they got along, how they created and how they dealt with family and loved ones. I enjoyed the natural organic spiritual thread running throughout the story. Each lady is dealing with something and are willing face hard issues and grow. I like how they explain things to one another and encourage each other to pray and hear from God. This is just one example: “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.” This is book two in a series. The first book is called The Pattern Artist. It reads as a standalone. I look forward to the Pins Promise in an Anthology Christmas Stitches: novella. Where some of the characters in the book will appear. The author includes 23 discussion questions and fun pictures at the end of the book that can be used at your meeting. I highly recommend this book for a fun, intriguing read and/or for your next book club pick. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley. 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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” Nora St. Laurent TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com Book Fun Magazine https://tinyurl.com/y9lwbfrs SVP Promotion

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    After reading The Pattern Artist I wanted more about Annie, Sean and their friends. So I was really excited when I was invited to read The Fashion Designer. I got to not only spend more time with these characters but I also got to learn more about the fashion industry in the early 1900s. A definite win~win!! Nancy Moser has created believable, realistic and extremely likable characters. It's was just impossible not to like the characters in this book. OK, so maybe I didn't care for Sean's dad, Ri After reading The Pattern Artist I wanted more about Annie, Sean and their friends. So I was really excited when I was invited to read The Fashion Designer. I got to not only spend more time with these characters but I also got to learn more about the fashion industry in the early 1900s. A definite win~win!! Nancy Moser has created believable, realistic and extremely likable characters. It's was just impossible not to like the characters in this book. OK, so maybe I didn't care for Sean's dad, Richard, all that much. He was a total jerk! (And I'm being nice here.) The fact that I didn't care for him one bit shows the ability of the author to create a wide range of characters with different personalities. I love the author created characters for me to both love and despise. (Although maybe towards the end I didn't despise Richard as much.) I really liked the addition of Vesta, Sean's mother. Another aspect of the book I really liked was the attention to historical detail. The details add to the story and made me feel as if I were experiencing the time period along with the characters. In addition to the historical details, the author includes a lot of fashion design details that were very interesting. There is the inclusion of the story of Lane Bryant that was done in a way that felt genuine to the story and not just added in because the author discovered how the store got its start. All of the details added really brought the story to life and soon I wasn't seeing words on the page but the workshop, apartments, and streets of NYC. The book was effortless to read. As much as I wanted to rush through the book I also wanted to read it slowly and enjoy every moment with these characters. As satisfied as I was with the story I still want more of these characters and am hoping the author will give me a chance to visit with them again. Wouldn't it be fun to see how Annie and the gang adapt to fashion in the 1920s?? This book is well-written and is just a really good story. It's a story that makes you feel good while reading it. And with the lovely cover, it's definitely a book for the keeper shelf! Happy reading!!! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was not obligated to write a review. All opinions are mine.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Trixi

    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. ~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 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. ~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.*

  14. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    The Fashion Designer, by Nancy Moser, takes over where The Pattern Artist ends. Anne and her friends met the Sampsons on a ship and made an agreement to start a fashion business together. Anne and her friends have quit their jobs and are now embarking on their business when they find out Mrs. Sampson had different plans for the style of clothes they will make. Anne and her friends have to make the decision to do what Mrs. Sampson wants or to follow their hearts. When none of Mrs. Sampson's frien The Fashion Designer, by Nancy Moser, takes over where The Pattern Artist ends. Anne and her friends met the Sampsons on a ship and made an agreement to start a fashion business together. Anne and her friends have quit their jobs and are now embarking on their business when they find out Mrs. Sampson had different plans for the style of clothes they will make. Anne and her friends have to make the decision to do what Mrs. Sampson wants or to follow their hearts. When none of Mrs. Sampson's friends order any dresses, the girls decide to move forward with their plans, just not with the financial backing of the Sampson's. They decide to make clothing for the unruffled, unveiled and unstoppable woman. While the company goes through financial struggles, the ladies go through personal struggles in their relationships. The ladies turn to God to help with the struggles they are going through. This is a wonderful story in so many ways. Being a seamstress, it was interesting to read about the designs the ladies made as well as some of the history the author wrote into the story. It was also enjoyable to read how the ladies often took things into their own hands without turning to God first for help. This often led to situations not turning out positively. I also enjoyed the research and photos the author included in this story. This story also covers topics such as troubled marriages, abusive relationships and rape. The book ends with a list of very good discussion questions for those choosing to read this as a group. While this book is not advertised as being part of a series, it does take off where The Pattern Artist ends. It is best to read them in order, but the author does a good job of filling in the background to help the reader who has not read the first book. I would recommend these books to anyone who enjoys reading Christian historical fiction that included romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Reading Nancy Moser’s “The Fashion Designer” was stepping into foreign territory for me in several ways. Fashion has definitely never been an interest of mine, and the only sewing I ever do is to patch up a small tear here or there or to reattach a button. The fact that I enjoyed this book so much is a testament to Moser’s writing skills. Beyond the Titanic—which does, by the way, get a mention and play briefly into this story—I am not very familiar with the era; however, my grandmother would ha Reading Nancy Moser’s “The Fashion Designer” was stepping into foreign territory for me in several ways. Fashion has definitely never been an interest of mine, and the only sewing I ever do is to patch up a small tear here or there or to reattach a button. The fact that I enjoyed this book so much is a testament to Moser’s writing skills. Beyond the Titanic—which does, by the way, get a mention and play briefly into this story—I am not very familiar with the era; however, my grandmother would have been a young child at the time so it was fun to get a glimpse into that world. Indeed, this was a seminal period in American history, and Moser injects the zeitgeist of 1912 into her novel from the first page. Annie Culver, the main character, represents the American dream and is a rags-to-riches story of a sort. She and her friends decide to take a risk and embark on a journey to opening their own dress shop, although their efforts are often frustrated and they must learn to rely on God and to seek and trust His plans above their own. The story explores the issues of women’s rights and women in the workforce and also delves into more somber subjects such as domestic abuse and rape. Moreover, in writing a Christian novel, Moser does not shy away from the hard questions that we all face at one time or another, and the applicability of these topics remains just as germane today, making “The Fashion Designer” a fantastic, inspirational read. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I have not really thought of how fashion, especially for women, has changed so much over the years. The Fashion Designer is the continuing story of Annie, Sean (her husband now), and her three friends as they start out designing women’s clothes for the ordinary woman. In The Pattern Artist, Annie thought that everything was working out and her business was established. Well, that was not to be and this next chapter picks up with some unexpected changes, some welcome others not. But the main them I have not really thought of how fashion, especially for women, has changed so much over the years. The Fashion Designer is the continuing story of Annie, Sean (her husband now), and her three friends as they start out designing women’s clothes for the ordinary woman. In The Pattern Artist, Annie thought that everything was working out and her business was established. Well, that was not to be and this next chapter picks up with some unexpected changes, some welcome others not. But the main theme throughout the book was to trust God, His timing and His way. This was not just Annie and Sean’s story, but the story of their burgeoning business and those they partnered with. There was definitely some drama being played out as some men did not see a woman’s place as anywhere else than inside the home. The beginning of the 1900’s was a time for great change and I thought author Moser did a good job showing just how much a woman’s place in this world changed. I also found the history of early designers fascinating, especially with so many still in existence today. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. All views and opinions are my own. https://pausefortales.blogspot.com/20...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    "The Fashion Designer" is a great historical romance that needs to be on your reading list. The setting of this story takes place in 1912 in New York City where affordable clothing has taken off in an industry that begins to give Annie ideas for new clothing designs. While this story is about design and clothing, it also has some more serious tones and deals with domestic violence, assault and difficulties in marriage. While this book handles some difficult topics, it is done with great sensitiv "The Fashion Designer" is a great historical romance that needs to be on your reading list. The setting of this story takes place in 1912 in New York City where affordable clothing has taken off in an industry that begins to give Annie ideas for new clothing designs. While this story is about design and clothing, it also has some more serious tones and deals with domestic violence, assault and difficulties in marriage. While this book handles some difficult topics, it is done with great sensitivity and grace. I love how this book is stands on the fact that God is love, he provides and everything is in His timing. This book has great truths woven throughout the story line, which is great as a reader. If you enjoy historical fiction with faith and romance, this is a great read. While this is a book in a series, it can be read as a stand alone. However, I would like to read the first book, The Pattern Artist as references are made to this book regarding it. This is a quick read and a great read!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    While this book can be read as a stand alone, I found that reading The Pattern Artist first, helped me understand where the story began, and I would recommend any one who is going to read The Fashion Designer to read that beforehand. I really did enjoy reading about the early start of the fashion industry, and there were many “surprises” in this story that I did not see coming, so it made it a very enjoyable read. However, there are some things that are discussed that did make me uncomfortable, s While this book can be read as a stand alone, I found that reading The Pattern Artist first, helped me understand where the story began, and I would recommend any one who is going to read The Fashion Designer to read that beforehand. I really did enjoy reading about the early start of the fashion industry, and there were many “surprises” in this story that I did not see coming, so it made it a very enjoyable read. However, there are some things that are discussed that did make me uncomfortable, so I would not recommend this for younger readers. I also enjoyed many quotes from the book, and here is my favorite: “ 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.” I also hope that there will be another book in this series as it would be fun to see what Annie and her girls could design at the start of the Roaring Twenties when fashion really took a turn. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    I enjoyed this second book so much more than The Pattern Artist. Yes, I'm still a little troubled with how fast things move but I chose to ignore that this time. The characters are amazing! I especially loved seeing Maude's personal growth. These ladies step out in faith and fully rely on God to see them achieve their dreams. It is quite a bumpy road with many surprises for nearly everyone in the book but it was very satisfying for this reader to see how each person handled what was put before t I enjoyed this second book so much more than The Pattern Artist. Yes, I'm still a little troubled with how fast things move but I chose to ignore that this time. The characters are amazing! I especially loved seeing Maude's personal growth. These ladies step out in faith and fully rely on God to see them achieve their dreams. It is quite a bumpy road with many surprises for nearly everyone in the book but it was very satisfying for this reader to see how each person handled what was put before them. There is a point where Annie says to Sean "We are so lucky." And Sean corrects her by saying, "Blessed, Annie. God does not deal with luck but with blessings." That really touched me. This is a continuation of The Pattern Artist but I think it can be read as a stand-alone. There are plenty of reminders built into this story. *I received a copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley. No review was required. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I enjoyed The Pattern Artist, and this second book about Annie Wood's adventures in clothing design equally charmed me. I've read many books about the upper class and their elegant dressmakers, and The Fashion Designer's emphasis on middle-class working women fascinates and informs. The challenges facing Annie and her friends--including financial backing, publicity, accessibility, and more-- in the midst of a very different culture than we know today adds to the appeal of this novel. As always N I enjoyed The Pattern Artist, and this second book about Annie Wood's adventures in clothing design equally charmed me. I've read many books about the upper class and their elegant dressmakers, and The Fashion Designer's emphasis on middle-class working women fascinates and informs. The challenges facing Annie and her friends--including financial backing, publicity, accessibility, and more-- in the midst of a very different culture than we know today adds to the appeal of this novel. As always Nancy Moser fills the story with unique and engaging characters, intriguing circumstances, and blossoming romances. Don't miss this delightful novel! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a digital copy of this book free from Shiloh Run Press, an imprint of Barbour Publishing, and NetGalley for a blog tour. 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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tammy G.

    I enjoyed The Pattern Artist so I was excited to receive this next book, The Fashion Designer. These are to be read in order. Annie Wood was a housemaid who became a pattern designer. Now Annie has a new husband, Sean Culver who totally believes in her gifts and endeavors. In fact, he helps her in her projects. Actually Annie and her colleagues have a passion to make clothes for women that are both fashionable and functional. Remember this is 1912 and a man's world. Well as with all things time an I enjoyed The Pattern Artist so I was excited to receive this next book, The Fashion Designer. These are to be read in order. Annie Wood was a housemaid who became a pattern designer. Now Annie has a new husband, Sean Culver who totally believes in her gifts and endeavors. In fact, he helps her in her projects. Actually Annie and her colleagues have a passion to make clothes for women that are both fashionable and functional. Remember this is 1912 and a man's world. Well as with all things time and perseverance seem like a "forever" not going to happen with Annie and her crew. Not a dress has been sold and it seems like one thing after another keeps getting in the way. A great read about trusting God in all things with a little romance and fashion items of the early 1900's. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review*

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rosie

    The Fashion Designer by Nancy Moser The Fashion Designer is the sequel to The Pattern Artist. The first book is set in 1911 and the second is set in 1912. Since I am a sewing enthusiast, both of these books appealed to me and I could not put either of them down once I started reading. I really enjoyed the characters and how they encouraged each other through some very discouraging times and worked to build a business that was a seeming impossibility. There were many interpersonal relationships tha The Fashion Designer by Nancy Moser The Fashion Designer is the sequel to The Pattern Artist. The first book is set in 1911 and the second is set in 1912. Since I am a sewing enthusiast, both of these books appealed to me and I could not put either of them down once I started reading. I really enjoyed the characters and how they encouraged each other through some very discouraging times and worked to build a business that was a seeming impossibility. There were many interpersonal relationships that had to be worked through with this rather large cast of characters. Nancy Moser did a good job getting her characters through these issues to some very satisfactory resolutions. It was also great to meet Lena Bryant in the pages of this book. My favorite quote from this book is, “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.”I think that’s what Nancy Moser has done with this book. I highly recommend it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    Annie, along with several of her friends, has left a job in a well-established franchise to pursue her dream of owning her own dress shop. Unfortunately, everything that can go wrong seems to do exactly that. Will they be forced to admit defeat or will they trust the One who has brought them this far? I found this novel simply delightful. The setting (early 20th century New York) allowed for some interesting historical nuggets that made the storyline seem more real. For example, readers will be Annie, along with several of her friends, has left a job in a well-established franchise to pursue her dream of owning her own dress shop. Unfortunately, everything that can go wrong seems to do exactly that. Will they be forced to admit defeat or will they trust the One who has brought them this far? I found this novel simply delightful. The setting (early 20th century New York) allowed for some interesting historical nuggets that made the storyline seem more real. For example, readers will be charmed by the rags-to-riches story of how Lane Bryant came to be established. The characters, while flawed and facing very real issues, were the kind of character you root for. While the plot is not necessarily fast-paced, I couldn’t wait to find out how the next step in their adventure would unfold, both in their business endeavor and in their personal lives. This book is a feel-good story that would suit well for fans of Voyage of the Heart by Soraya Lane. *I received a free e-book copy of this book from the publisher through goodreads’ giveaway promotion. I have shared my honest opinion here.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Set during a time when women could only really aspire to be a wife and mother, Anna Wood and her friends hope to start a business that sells common dresses to the common woman. Most special dresses were made only for the wealthy. Through trials and set backs, these friends forge a new path. I really enjoyed catching up with these characters and seeing where they were. All of the characters were well written so that you knew them from the start. This story turns to God and one's faith that things Set during a time when women could only really aspire to be a wife and mother, Anna Wood and her friends hope to start a business that sells common dresses to the common woman. Most special dresses were made only for the wealthy. Through trials and set backs, these friends forge a new path. I really enjoyed catching up with these characters and seeing where they were. All of the characters were well written so that you knew them from the start. This story turns to God and one's faith that things will work out. I received a copy through Netgalley. A review was not required.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marie Pinkham

    This was an interesting story. I think if I had read the previous story in the series I'd have had a better feel for the characters and their relationships. There were lots of fun details of the early 1900s that helped give a good picture of the setting and time. I enjoyed the characters and watching their individual stories play out. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. The thoughts and opinions are mine alone

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Henderson

    Very interesting story filled with fashion, friendship, faith and more. I was very intrigued by the designs for various stages of life, including pregnancy. I look forward to reading more stories from this author. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to write a review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Reeves

    Must read!!! A book that turns to God and openly talks of our faith in God. To seek our purpose for being. What we do with our choices. What possibilities lie ahead of us If we but seek Gods direction! Wonderful book!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karla Cook

    I enjoyed this novel about the fashion industry in the very early 1900s. This was still the era of corsets and restrictive clothing so it was interesting how those issues were addressed. It also dealt somewhat with women's rights and suffrage. I appreciated the element of faith woven throughout. This is the second book in a series. I had earlier read the first book and it was a little "all over the place" with an unbelievable amount of drama for the main characters. This book follows the same cha I enjoyed this novel about the fashion industry in the very early 1900s. This was still the era of corsets and restrictive clothing so it was interesting how those issues were addressed. It also dealt somewhat with women's rights and suffrage. I appreciated the element of faith woven throughout. This is the second book in a series. I had earlier read the first book and it was a little "all over the place" with an unbelievable amount of drama for the main characters. This book follows the same characters but I found it more cohesive and realistic. The premise is a group of working women who want to open a dress shop with dresses they've designed and made themselves, targeted to other working women, which was unheard of in that time. Fascinating read!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Following a Dream in 1912 New York to become a Fashion Designer Annie Wood, an English woman, started as a housemaid. She came to New York with high hopes, but things didn’t work as planned. Instead of returning to England to realize her goal of becoming a ladies’ maid, she found a job at Butterick designing patterns. In this second book, Annie is married to Sean Culver, who also works at Butterick. Things are going well, but when Annie is given the chance to design clothes by a New York couple, Following a Dream in 1912 New York to become a Fashion Designer Annie Wood, an English woman, started as a housemaid. She came to New York with high hopes, but things didn’t work as planned. Instead of returning to England to realize her goal of becoming a ladies’ maid, she found a job at Butterick designing patterns. In this second book, Annie is married to Sean Culver, who also works at Butterick. Things are going well, but when Annie is given the chance to design clothes by a New York couple, her friend Maude with Sean’s blessing pushes her into taking the chance. Annie worries that they will fail and all be out of jobs, but Sean has faith and pushes her to continue when her first collection is not well received. This is a story of faith and striving. Annie, Maude, Sean, and Edna, a mother figure, support each other and their strong faith keeps them together. They’re striving to do something they believe in. It isn’t easy. There are setbacks, but they don’t lose sight of what they want to do. This second book relies on information from the first book, The Pattern Designer. I recommend reading that book first for full enjoyment of the second. The characters are people you’d like to know. They have a shared dream and together they are able to work through all the hardships to make that dream a reality. I received this book from Barbour Publishing for this review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Greene

    This book continues on with the characters from The Pattern Artist. Annie Woods, who has now left Butterick Patterns to pursue her dream of becoming a fashion designer for the “everyday woman”. In a time when women had no rights, except that of being a wife, mother, or if fortunate, a wife of a wealthy man, women basically couldn’t afford to by an “off the rack” dress that was fashionable. Fashion was left to those wealthy women. Annie, her new husband, Sean, and friends endeavor to start their o This book continues on with the characters from The Pattern Artist. Annie Woods, who has now left Butterick Patterns to pursue her dream of becoming a fashion designer for the “everyday woman”. In a time when women had no rights, except that of being a wife, mother, or if fortunate, a wife of a wealthy man, women basically couldn’t afford to by an “off the rack” dress that was fashionable. Fashion was left to those wealthy women. Annie, her new husband, Sean, and friends endeavor to start their own business. Amid trials, financial woes, marriage woes, and new love, these women’s lives give us an exciting read. I enjoyed this book very much and highly recommend it. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for my honest opinion.

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