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 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. 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.
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
I really wanted to enjoy this book. The setting and the synopsis was so intriguing for me. And early on, I actually cared what happened to the characters, but somewhere the story just fell flat.
The idea of following a woman, who has a certain set of talents as a seamstress eventually become part of a group of ladies designing the dresses for dress patterns was such an interesting idea. I loved it. But, in the telling of the story, I felt like the story felt as if the writer was following advice from writing prompts every time the story began to lag a bit. Annie who was just so good, would mess up. A man bent on revenge would reappear over and over again. The love story felt a bit convenient. While at moments the book was sweet, overall, it left me wishing for something a bit more developed. Something where I could really see the main character grow and be challenged. In this book, it just felt like everything just happened to Annie–both the good and the bad.
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