Wednesday, March 9

Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing by Kathy Cano-Murillo (Review and Giveaway) ENDED

Sometimes to find your life's true path, you have to stray outside the lines ...

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

With a life motto of “Crafts! Drama! Glitter!” Crafty Chica Kathy Cano-Murillo is a creative force of nature. A former syndicated columnist for The Arizona Republic, she is the founder of the award-winning Web site, CraftyChica.com and the author of seven nonfiction craft books and a Web series on LifetimeTV.com. Kathy has a Crafty Chica line of art supplies that are sold nationwide. She also has been featured in numerous media outlets such as The New York Times Magazine, NPR’s Weekend Edition, USA Today, Bust, and Latina magazine. She has shared her crafty ideas on local television, as well as on Sí TV, HGTV, and DIY network. She has been writing stories longer than she has been crafting. Inspired by Judy Blume and Erma Bombeck, she caught the literary bug in grade school, where she used to draw a picture and then write a colorful story to go with it. It’s a creativity exercise she still practices to this day! Kathy lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband, two kids, and five Chihuahuas. This is her first novel.

Connect with the author here:

@CraftyChica
Facebook Page
Craftychica.com
Crafty Chica's photostream on Flickr
Crafty Chica YouTube Channel

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MY THOUGHTS

What fun!  This is the type of book that makes me want to somehow transport myself into the middle of the story and hang out with the characters.  I want to attend Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing.  I want to be there on the day each student made individual dress forms by totally wrapping each other in different colors of duct tape.  What a blast!

Scarlet doesn't have the support of her family in her dream to pursue fashion design. They want her to have a respectable career as a civil engineer, but she can't bear the thought. She wants nothing more than to create fabulous designs and share them with everyone.

In the story, Scarlet also has a busy fashionista blog that has an extremely active group of followers. She bases a lot of her blog content on Miss Daisy, a famous but reclusive fashion designer of many years earlier. Scarlet herself is obsessed with music and clothing designs of a different era.

Some of the predicaments that Scarlet finds herself in ... almost had me rolling on the floor laughing. And the rest of the characters in the book also captured my heart, and I want to meet all of them.

If you haven't read any books by Kathy Cano-Murillo, you are missing out. I thoroughly enjoyed Waking Up in the Land of Glitter, and really wondered if the author could do it again. I am thrilled to say that I was not disappointed.

Whether or not you are a "crafty" type of person, or if you just enjoy a light and loveable book with delightful characters that will make you laugh, pick up a copy of Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing.  Trust me, you won't regret it.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing through Hachette Books in exchange for my honest review.

THE GIVEAWAY

Thanks to Brianne at Hachette Books, one lucky reader of this blog will win a double pack of books by Kathy Cano-Murillo.

The winner will receive a copy MISS SCARLET'S SCHOOL OF PATTERNLESS SEWING and a copy of WAKING UP IN THE LAND OF GLITTER.
  • For one entry, leave your email address.
  • For a second entry, be a follower of this blog. Leave a separate comment saying that you follow.
  • Only residents of the U.S. or Canada are eligible to win.
  • No PO boxes please.
  • Winners will be subject to the one copy per household rule. If you win the same title in two or more contests, you will receive only one copy of the title. Books will be sent directly from the publisher.
  • Giveaway ends Wednesday, March 30.

20 comments:

  1. I enjoyed your review and would love to read Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing and Waking Up in the Land of Glitter :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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  3. Thanks for the giveaway. Based on your review, I will be adding this book to my tbr list.
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  6. Thanks for reviewing this book. I thought it was a craft book, not a novel!
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  8. I enjoyed your review and would love to read these books. Thanks for the giveaway!


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