Scarlet Santana is never happier than when creating fabulous fashions for women of all shapes and sizes. Now, after years of hard work, she finally has the chance to live her dream and study under the hottest designer in New York. To raise money for her move, Scarlet opens an after-hours sewing school in a local record shop, teaching a type-A working mom whose rigid parenting style is causing her family to unravel and an enigmatic seamstress with a mysterious past.
But as stitches give way to secrets and classmates become friends, the women realize an important truth: There is no single pattern for a good life. Happiness is always a custom fit.
I read Kathy Cano-Murillo last summer when I read her book Waking Up In The Land Of Glitter . At the time I enjoyed her fun style of writing with a flair for the humorous.
Scarlet is a wonderful character and her determination to sew (despite her families efforts to help her move on to another career and her two degrees in engineering) is a good lesson in sticking to what you believe about yourself, no matter what. Her friends are a hoot and I enjoyed the diversity among them. I like the fact that the women were not all cookie cutter cut outs of one another but that they all brought a little something different to the story.
I found the book to be a light, quick read and a break from my normal routine as of late… I am not a crafty person although I like to pretend I am… and reading about someone who has a real heart and talent for a craft such as sewing was fun. Scarlett’s passion is inspiring! The play of words, referring to the “patterns” in our own life are fun and through provoking.
The “how to’s” at the end of the book are fun… and after a read like this, I am inspired to try my hand at “Little Victories Pages”…. maybe. 😛
Thanks to publisher Hachette Book Group, I am able to offer a giveaway (USA and Canada) for a book bundle including copies of Miss Scarlet’s School of Patternless Sewing and Waking Up in the Land of Glitter.
Leave me a comment here letting me know what craft you are either good at or wish you were…. and I will enter you in this giveaway
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I will choose a winner on March 17th using Random.org.
The 2011 WHERE Are You Reading Map has been updated to include Miss Scarlet’s School Of Patternless Sewing
I received this book for review from Hachette Book Group