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Review: A Flying Affair by Carla Stewart

flying affairTitle: A Flying Affair by Carla Stewart
Publisher: FaithWords
Genre: Historical (20s), Romance
Length: 320 pages
Book Rating: B+

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Ever since Mittie Humphreys agreed to join dashing barnstorming pilot Ames for a joyride in his airplane, her lifelong love of horses has been surpassed by one thing–a longing for the skies. It seems she’s not the only one–with Charles Lindbergh making his victory tour in the Spirit of St. Louis, aviation fever is spreading across the country. Mittie knows flying is the perfect focus for the soaring ambition and taste for adventure within her, and whenever she can slip away from her duties on her family’s prosperous Kentucky horse farm, she heads to the airfield.

Considering their shared passion, it’s no surprise that Ames begins to vie for Mittie’s time. But when handsome British aviator Bobby York offers her flying lessons, he is equally surprised-and beguiled-by Mittie’s grit and talent. Driven to succeed, Mittie will do whatever it takes to compete in the Women’s National Air Derby alongside Amelia Earhart. But when Calista “Peach” Gilson, a charming Southern belle, becomes her rival both professionally and in love, Mittie must learn how to navigate her heart’s romantic longings as well as the skies.


Carla Stewart enthralls readers with her newest release, A Flying Affair. Set against the backdrop of the Roaring Twenties, this fascinating novel centers around Mittie Humphreys, a young woman whose love of horses is soon eclipsed by her passion for aviation.

Mittie is also captivated by fellow aviator Ames Dewberry, a daredevil who appeals to her adventurous side. With Ames constantly flying in and out of her life, Mittie begins flying lessons with newcomer Bobby York, but she is also intrigued by wing-walking as well. As competitions for women aviators begin springing up across the country, Mittie turns her attention to honing her skills as a pilot. Her introduction to Calista Gilson piques her jealousy as Calista forms friendships with both Bobby and Ames but surprisingly, their professional rivalry quickly turns to friendship.

Mittie is torn between helping her parents on the family’s horse farm and her interest in aviation. With her father still recovering from a riding accident, she puts her dream of learning to fly on hold until he is well enough to resume his duties.  She is headstrong and stubborn and while she respects her mother’s fears for her safety, Mittie still begins flying lessons with family friend Bobby while Ames teaches her how to wing-walk. Ames is more flamboyant of the two men and he talks Mittie into joining his barnstorming act as a wing-walker.

Ames is also the man who makes Mitte’s heart beat faster, but their romance simmers on the back-burner due to Ames’ long absences and sporadic communication. While Ames comes and goes, Bobby is always around and he is instrumental in helping Mittie achieve her goal of becoming a pilot. He is a quiet, unassuming presence in her life and although she is occasionally drawn to him, their relationship never really develops beyond friendship because of her infatuation with Ames.

Meticulous research, daring exploits and exciting adventures bring A Flying Affair vibrantly to life.  The novel is well-written with unique and interesting characters. The historical aspect of the plot is richly detailed and Carla Stewart beautifully incorporates fact with fiction. A fast-paced and riveting read that is sure to be a hit with anyone who enjoys a sweet, clean romance with a very light undercurrent of faith.

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Review: The Hatmaker’s Heart by Carla Stewart

hatmakersTitle: The Hatmaker’s Heart by Carla Stewart
Publisher: FaithWords
Genre: Historical, Christian, Fiction
Length: 320 pages
Book Rating: B

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For Nell Marchwold, bliss is seeing the transformation when someone gets a glimpse in the mirror while wearing one of her creations and feels beautiful. Nell has always strived to create hats that bring out a woman’s best qualities. She knows she’s fortunate to have landed a job as an apprentice designer at the prominent Oscar Fields Millinery in New York City. Yet when Nell’s fresh designs begin to catch on, her boss holds her back from the limelight, claiming the stutter she’s had since childhood reflects poorly on her and his salon.

But it seems Nell’s gift won’t be hidden by Oscar’s efforts. Soon an up-and-coming fashion designer is seeking her out as a partner of his 1922 collection. The publicity leads to an opportunity for Nell to make hats in London for a royal wedding. There, she sees her childhood friend, Quentin, and an unexpected spark kindles between them. But thanks to her success, Oscar is determined to keep her. As her heart tugs in two directions, Nell must decide what she is willing to sacrifice for her dream, and what her dream truly is.

The Review:

In The Hatmaker’s Heart, Carla Stewart whisks readers back to the Roaring Twenties and into the cutthroat world of hat designing. Nell Marchwold’s gorgeous creations dazzle an influential client and leads to extraordinary opportunities for the talented young designer. However her ambitious and overbearing boss refuses to acknowledge her achievements and goes to extreme lengths to keep her from leaving her position at his millinery.

An interesting blend of old fashioned values and forward thinking, Nell is a fascinating character. A truly gifted designer with an uncanny ability to create hats that highlight women’s inner and outer beauty, Nell’s struggles to establish a career in a male-dominated field are hindered by both the time period and unscrupulous shop owner Oscar Fields. Further hampering her efforts is her lifelong stutter which worsens when Nell is in stressful situations. As she undergoes unorthodox but highly effective therapy for her speech difficulties, Nell’s career begins to blossom when a rising fashion designer selects her to design hats for his upcoming fashion collection. This leads to a stunning chance to return to England for a short period of time and when she becomes reacquainted with a close childhood friend, Nell begins to question what is really important in life.

While The Hatmaker’s Heart mostly takes place in the design studio, key historical elements are briefly incorporated in the storyline. Nell’s boss is rather despicable but he is a fairly accurate reflection of men in the workplace and the time period in general. Nell’s visit to a speakeasy provides an intriguing glimpse into the criminal enterprises that began to surface during prohibition. The colorful cast of secondary characters highlights the changes in fashion and the emergence of new slang. This younger generation also demonstrates the growing shift of young women pursuing higher education and careers rather than marriage.

Carla Stewart brings The Hatmaker’s Heart vibrantly to life with a fascinating time period selection, a vivid cast of appealing characters and a unique storyline. It is a fast-paced and engaging novel that fans of faith-based historical fiction are sure to enjoy.


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Stardust by Carla Stewart

Title: Stardust by Carla Stewart
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Imprint: FaithWords
Genre: Historical (1950s), Christian, Fiction
Length: 336 pages
Book Rating: A

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Shortly after burying her unfaithful husband, Georgia Peyton unexpectedly inherits the derelict Stardust motel from a distant relative. Despite doubts from the community and the aunt who raised her, she is determined to breathe new life into it. But the guests who arrive aren’t what Georgia expects: Her gin-loving mother-in-law; her dead husband’s mistress; an attractive but down-on-his-luck drifter who’s tired of the endless road; and an aging Vaudeville entertainer with a disturbing link to Georgia’s past.

Can Georgia find the courage to forgive those who’ve betrayed her, the grace to shelter those who need her, and the moxy to face the future? And will her dream of a new life under the flickering neon of the STARDUST ever come true?

The Review:

Stardust by Carla Stewart is an extraordinary novel about redemption, overcoming adversity despite overwhelming odds and the healing power of forgiveness. It is a beautiful lesson in faith and trust in God as Georgia Peyton struggles to let go of the past and make a new life for herself and her young daughters Avril and Rosey.

Georgia is a strong woman with an open and giving heart. She unflinchingly faces life head on and she is definitely her own woman, forging her own path in the wake of her unfaithful husband O’Dell’s death. She stands up for what she believes in and she speaks her mind. Georgia is very open-minded for the time period and she has a diverse group of friends. Her love and patience for her mother-in-law is heartfelt and quite touching as is her unorthodox but close friendship with Ludi Harper. But it is her willingness to lend a helping hand to O’Dell’s mistress that reveals the true depth and generosity of her loving spirit.

Carla Stewart paints a vivid and authentic portrait of life in a southern small town in the 1950s. Stradust is an intricately woven and unforgettable story that is complex with many different layers. The characters are magnificently drawn with realistic flaws and imperfections. Infidelity, alcoholism and segregation are just a few of the different topics explored in this compelling novel of love, faith and salvation.


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