I did not want to put this book down. It was too bad I had to work. Annie could be a little self centered at first but she learns many things after she gets to America. Annie is an English housemaid who also does the sewing on her employers coutere dresses. She goes to America with them when they go for a visit and she has hopes to become more than a housemaid and runs away to try something else. She gets a job at Macy’s in their pattern department. She makes friends and meets a gentleman and soon has more adventures by getting a job at the Butterick Pattern Company. There are many different things that happen in this story. I loved learning some of the things that happened at Macy’s and at the Butterick Pattern Company. I loved this story and the characters. It made me laugh and cry. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing for a fair and honest opinion.
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.