Monday, June 25, 2018

The Fashion Designer

The Fashion Designer
Nancy Moser
(Shiloh Run Press)
ISBN: 978-1683226017
July 2018/320 pages/$14.99

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 offers 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 test old relationships and new romances while threatening to keep the business from ever selling a single dress. 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.

Read an excerpt.


Nancy Moser is an award-winning author of over twenty-five novels that share a common message: we each have a unique purpose—the trick is to find out what it is. Her genres include contemporary and historical novels including Love of the Summerfields, Mozart’s Sister, The Invitation, and the Christy Award-winning Time Lottery. She is a fan of anything antique—humans included. Learn more at her website,


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.”

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