STORY: English housemaid Annie Wood arrives in New York in 1911. On her own for the first time working as a Macy’s sewing department clerk, 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—an 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.
REVIEW: New York City – 1911
Annie Wood is a housemaid who has accompanied Lady Newly and her daughter, Henrietta, to New York City from England to visit with the wealthy Friesen family. Annie has a great talent for taking the couture dresses of the Newly ladies altering them and adding intricate beading to make them different and more beautiful. The ladies maids, under whom she works, take credit for her talents which is unfair.
Annie meets Lisa and Danny, brother and sister who work for the Friesen family. After being harassed by Grasston, a footman, as well as wanting more from life than being a servant, Annie, Lisa, and Danny flee their jobs and stay with a kind family, that owns a bakery, while they look for jobs.
Annie gets a job at Macy’s. With her talent for making and decorating clothes, she excels at her job helping women choose dress patterns, fabrics and trim for making their own clothes. At Macy’s she meets Sean, who works for Butterick patterns. He gets her an interview as a designer for Butterick patterns and she is immediately hired.
But Grasston is not finished with harassing her. When he sees her in Macy’s he is determined to harm her. He attacks her but she manages to escape him. She is terrified of him. Sean very faithfully walks her to and from work each day to keep her safe. From there, their friendship grows.
As Annie’s talents are discovered, more people are interested in her and want her to work for them. It is all happening so fast and she is torn about where she wants to be working.
This is a wonderful story that follows Annie and shows how talent and determination can take a person from a lowly position to further up the ladder of success. I enjoyed the book very much, as I have other books by this author. I highly recommend this novel and the way the author wove bits of history into the story makes it even more delightful.
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher
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