4 out of 4 stars
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Tales of Millinery Shop by David Hart is a 20th Century fictional novel written about the lives of working women during the Gilded Age Era. Published in February 2020 by FriesenPress, the story is right at 145 Kindle edition pages, which I consider to be the perfect length for an easily digested novel. Featuring a plethora of genres such as romance, mystery and historical fiction, Tales of Millinery Shop has something to offer for a wide range of readers.
As a good portion of the story takes place inside the millinery shop, the main characters in the story are the women who make designer hats. Following each through their daily lives, Tales of Millinery Shop showcases heartbreak and love, occasional steamy romance, and specifically the challenging encounters they dealt with during the time period. There is also a chilling mystery within the story, which I found to be one of the most interesting aspects of the book. The mystery seems to involve a strange cat, visions of a terrifying wild animal, and an unexplained disappearance that will leave readers guessing throughout.
The women in the story spend their days working in Madame Sophie's shop in New York making only the best and most desired head-wear, and their evenings are typically spent with their families and occasionally with their prospective love interests. With women coming from all nationalities, the story features a well-rounded approach to some of the challenges they face during the Era. Although there is significant mention of Women's Rights, racial issues, and political stances, the story also combines the charming love interests they encounter along the way.
Of all the characters mentioned in the story, I found Annaleise's story to be the most entertaining. Being of German descent, I found the author's depiction of her accent to be enchanting throughout. I liked how the author presented her character, specifically how she was able to go from being serious to playful quickly and with a smooth transition. I was pleased while reading to find no grammatical or spelling errors, which allowed for a smooth read. The author's ability to outline an interesting fictional story while showcasing women's rights and racial inequality was impeccable and something I feel gave me a true insight.
I'm pleased to rate Tales of Millinery Shop 4 out of 4 stars and would gladly recommend it to readers who enjoy some dramatics but are also interested in history. I did discover while reading about the author at the end of the book that his story is loosely based on his own parents, which was fascinating, to say the least. I do feel it's necessary to mention that there is some explicit language and sexual scenes that would not be appropriate for all readers, although they are presented tastefully and not depicted as erotica.
Tales From The Millinery Shop ~ With A Twist
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