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The Pattern Artist

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  188 Ratings  ·  121 Reviews
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 gho ...more
Paperback, 305 pages
Published December 1st 2016 by Shiloh Run Press
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I was interested in giving this author another try as I didn't finish one book that I started by her. The first half of this book took me awhile to get into as it didn't grasp my attention. I felt that the characters could have been a little more devoloped and more details described, but the second half got a little better. I skimmed the last 3rd of the book as the story still didn't grip me. I liked the details of Macey's, Butterwick patterns, and a few historical characters-probably the main r ...more
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“Can a lowly housemaid realize her own American dream?
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 e
Oct 10, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it
An interesting story of a young woman who comes to America as a housemaid, and finds her dreams fulfilled in ways she never imagined. This could be subtitled, "Annie's Adventures", as her life certainly has a lot of them in a short time!

The moment Annie steps off the ship to America in 1911, her life begins to change and open up to new opportunities. Her faith grows too as she learns to trust God more fully and heed the still small voice who warns and guides her through many situations, some t
Dec 08, 2016 Kristina rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
The Pattern Artist by Nancy Moser shows how one young woman can make her dreams come true. It is 1911 and Annie Wood has traveled to New York City with her employers, Lady Newley and her daughter, Henrietta. Annie is employed as an upper housemaid in the Newley home in Summerfield. Annie has traveled with them to assist the lady’s maids, Miss Miller and the younger Miss Dougard. It turns out that neither lady’s maid has any sewing ability (I am curious how they ever got their positions). Annie b ...more
Elodie (Readable Mélange)
I really, really liked The Pattern Artist. It was well-written, with entertaining characters, and it was a refreshing change from the uber-serious Christian romances I usually end up reading. The plot was really interesting for me as I enjoy designing clothes myself and I learned a bit about the history of clothing design and pattern production (all of which was included in such a way as not to be an infodump or boring). And the conflict was quite something! I'm gonna guess Grasston was (more th ...more
Sep 18, 2016 Amy rated it liked it
2.5 stars (Average). I had high hopes for this story based on its premise, and it did hold my interest enough to keep reading it, but it could have been so much more.

My full review will be posted on closer to the release date.
Susan F
I enjoyed this book very much. The historical value with descriptions of the change in life of a lady's maid to the Macy's store clerk is very interesting. The look into the Butterick pattern company was fascinating to me. Moser has really created characters that I cared about and put them into a time period in U. S. history when women were starting to step out into the business world. She deals with the harassment of women from unwanted male attention in a tasteful and realistic way too. I thin ...more
Sep 29, 2016 Katrina rated it it was amazing
I read The Pattern Artist in 2 days. It was really good and I had a hard time putting it down! I think this is the first time that I've read a book by this author but now I want to read more stories by her. I love all of the history in it. I'm an amateur sewer and I have some Butterick patterns. Even if I didn't have my minimal sewing knowledge, I would have enjoyed this story! I got a free copy of this story from netgalley.
Just finished this and it was sooooo good! I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and story line. The fact the it involved the fashion industry to some extent was an added bonus to me. Now, let me go sleep on this and I'll try to write a full review in the morning.

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I've already added this one to my favorites list! I knew when I read the summary of it on NetGalley that I would like it. And I loved the cover design. Once I got into reading it, I was lost in it. I couldn't read it in one sitt
Kathleen E.
Dec 02, 2016 Kathleen E. rated it it was amazing
Thursday, December 1, 2016
The Pattern Artist by Nancy Moser, 2016

Three things immediately ~ remembering Lucy Scarpelli from An Unlikely Suitor by this author. Lucy is an Italian dressmaker in New York sixteen years earlier; I love Historical Fiction ~ my preferred genre; and... upon opening to the first page!!! Nancy Moser has spread her words from margin to margin. This is wonderful!!!

See you soon.

C H A P T E R - O N E

New York City

Annie Wood has adventure forthcoming with her travel from E
Kristine Morgan
Dec 03, 2016 Kristine Morgan rated it it was amazing
I pretty much devoured this book! The Pattern Artist grabbed me and sucked me in. Annie was such an intriguing character who in the course of this book progresses from sheltered housemaid to an independent woman at the end. I enjoyed her growth and her growing reliance on G-d. As Annie states, she walks through the doors presented to her and the doors to the past close, there is no going back. She makes several friends and an enemy or two along the way. I suggest grabbing a hot cup of tea and s ...more
I'm not sure how I stumbled upon this book but boy am I ever glad I did! Realistic characters, interesting storyline, and wonderful storytelling made this book easy to read. In fact, I enjoyed this book so much I made myself slow down reading it so it would last longer. While I wanted to know what happened I also didn't want the book to end.

The book opens with Annie just arriving in New York City. It was easy to see the city through the eyes of Annie and feel her excitement. I liked Annie immedi
Carole Jarvis
Jan 09, 2017 Carole Jarvis rated it really liked it
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

It’s been a while since I’ve read a Nancy Moser novel - two that I remember greatly enjoying being the contemporary stories The Seat Beside Me (2002) and John 3:16 (2008). She has also written several historical novels, and if The Pattern Artist is typical of her work in this genre, Nancy shines in this style as well.

There’s so much that I liked about The Pattern Artist, which opens in 1911 as we follow an immigrant maid from service to employ
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
One of my favorite childhood memories is remembering when my mother would sew us pajamas out of whatever fabric we picked out from the store. Even now many years later, I would LOVE to do that for my own kids, well teens and young adults. I guess that is where my love of quilting has come from and also why I absolutely LOVED the novel, The Pattern Artist by Nancy Moser. It such a well-researched novel on pattern artists, those that made the patterns that home sewers like my mom could use to make ...more
Emily-Jane Orford
Nov 30, 2016 Emily-Jane Orford rated it it was amazing

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The Pattern Artist
by Nancy Moser
Christian - Historical Fiction
320 Pages
Reviewed on 11/28/2016

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Beckie Burnham
Dec 08, 2016 Beckie Burnham rated it really liked it
Nancy Moser is a favorite author of mine. Whether it is contemporary women’s fiction or an historical novel, Moser always delivers an entertaining story with engaging characters. The Pattern Artist is no exception. Set in the early years of 20th century America, this novel explores the meaning of independence of spirit and dependence on a sovereign God. This one is a recommended read for fans of an historically-based novel with hints of romance.

Annie Woods has dreams of being more. A lowly house
Oct 31, 2016 Becky rated it it was amazing
I chose this book without reading the synopsis simply because of the title. This book is about patterns and sewing and high fashion in 1911 and 1912. I read it in one day simply because it was too fascinating to put down.

Annie Wood is an upstairs maid for the Viscountess Newley and her daughter, Henriette. She assists the ladies' maids for these ladies and when sewing is needed, Annie does it--especially if there is bead work involved. While she believed that she would be promoted up through th
Lynda Edwards
Dec 08, 2016 Lynda Edwards rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper-shelf
Though I read a broad range of historical fiction, sometimes it seems difficult to find something a little bit different, with a few twists and turns to keep things moving along without feeling predictable. A book about a young woman leaving service to pursue the American Dream sounded unique to me, and I found I very much enjoyed the characters and storyline based in a historically grounded 1911 New York.

Historical detail makes this story feel more natural than it would have if the author had n
Marilyn Rondeau
As an under maid to a wealthy aristocrat young Annie Wood arrives in New York in 1911 with two ladies maids, their mistress and her daughter. As a rule, Annie would not have been brought along, but the two ladies maids as it turned out needed Annie to continue covering for them their lack of basic sewing skills. With the idea that Annie would soon be recognized for her skill and advanced to a new position of ladies maid herself, Annie continued to serve and work as hard as she could until she di ...more
Dec 04, 2016 Sally rated it it was amazing
Annie Wood, an English housemaid wasn’t afraid of hard work, because she was born into it. However when she arrived in New York City in 1911 with her wealthy mistress, Lady Newley and her daughter, Henrietta, she wondered what America had to offer her. Upon arriving at the Friesen mansion, she was immediately befriended by young Danny, the hall boy and his sister, Iris.

Although Annie was only an upper housemaid, she often altered the garments for her mistress because her lady’s maids were not ad
Connie Fischer
Dec 02, 2016 Connie Fischer rated it it was amazing
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 fami
Nov 28, 2016 MH rated it really liked it
This was my introduction to Nancy Moser's writing. Overall, I enjoyed the book. The first half of the book was a bit slow in the storyline, which is understandable because the writer is building up the personalities of the main characters. The second half of the book flowed more rapidly and my interest also picked up quite a bit halfway through the book.

Nancy Moser's writing is definitely more historical fiction than romance. She added such details of life in NYC during 1911-1912 that I felt tha
Jennifer Lara
Dec 17, 2016 Jennifer Lara rated it really liked it
The Pattern Artist by Nancy Moser is the story of one woman’s dream to make her life better than what she lived before. Annie Wood is a housemaid for a wealthy English family. She has dreams of becoming a lady’s maid in the household as she travels with Lady Newly and her daughter, Miss Henrietta, to America. When she realizes that her dream isn’t going to become a reality, she strikes off on her own in New York City.
Set in 1911, Annie is a young woman with a natural talent for fashion and her s
Barb Klein
Nov 04, 2016 Barb Klein rated it really liked it
Nancy Moser has written a compelling novel in “The Pattern Artist”. Annie Wood has come to America with her employers from England. She is a just a housemaid to the Lady herself and her daughter and the house. She helps the lady’s maids with alterations and sewing of the ladies’ garments and is sure that her expertise will help her rise to the position of lady’s maid. Her ambitions are short-lived however, when she finds that the other maids are taking credit for her work. She and Iris and Iris’ ...more
Dec 08, 2016 Jasmine rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: historical fiction fans
Patterns have never been so interesting

Nancy Moser is a new author to me, I've heard of her books before, but this is the first one that I've read. I picked up The Pattern Artist for one simple reason; as I was reading the blurb for it my eyes lit on the words “Butterick Pattern Company”. That was it, my interest was piqued, and I just HAD to read that book! I started sewing at age 12 when I bought my first American Girl doll and wanted more clothes for her. My mom drug out her trusty 25-year-ol
Pamela Jo
Dec 03, 2016 Pamela Jo rated it it was amazing
A Dream Realized
Annie Wood, a housemaid, arrives in New York with dreams of rising to the position of Lady’s Maid. She has a talent for sewing and has been doing so for the wealthy family who brought her to America for a six-week visit. She is certain her skills will open the door for advancement. She soon discovers that others are taking credit for her work. When the reality hits that she will always be “just a housemaid,” Annie decides to leave her position and seek a better life in America. A

I've never read anything by this author before now, but I can recall my mother working with sewing patterns like the ones described in this story when I was younger, and it drew me into reading this novel.

Annie was a hard character for me to classify. On one hand, she seemed to be a very
Debra Slonek
Dec 06, 2016 Debra Slonek rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reads
Part adventure and part love story, this book was filled with well-developed characters, warm friendships and realistic relationships. This was Annie's story. Instead of dwelling on her difficult and humble past, Annie chose joy and hope.

Annie had learned to use her God given free will to make good choices which opened up the best opportunities for her. Annie's new life in America had become a series of enormous leaps of faith. As each new door of opportunity opened, she learned to walk through
Jan 18, 2017 NylaKay rated it it was amazing
The Pattern Artist by author Nancy Moser is a 320 page paperback book. The cover displays a picture of a 1900's seamstress working. I thoroughly enjoyed this Christian historical romance novel.

Author Moser has a pleasant style of writing. Her story was well researched and interesting. It had multiple elements in it - inspiration, intrigue, suspense, romance, travel, and drama. I learned some new things about fashion and that era, which is a bonus when reading a novel. The Christian element is no
The Pattern Artist by Nancy Moser, is a story about a housemaid, who isn't afraid to dream big. Annie Woods decides to take things into her own hands, and make a life for herself in America.
I found this book a delightful read! The characters were interesting and loveable. Annie was relatable, and realistic, which made her a good heroine. She worked hard to get what she could, but struggled with doubts and worries. Along her journey, she learned to trust God, and let herself begin to enjoy the
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Nancy Moser is the award-winning author of twenty-nine inspirational novels that focus on discovering our unique purpose. Her genres include both contemporary and historical stories.

Her latest historical novels are the Downton Abbey-inspired Manor House Series:"Love of the Summerfields", "Bride of the Summerfields", and "Rise of the Summerfields."

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