Thursday, March 10, 2011

#39: Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing - Kathy Cano-Murillo (TOUR & WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT)


Synopsis & Book Info:
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.

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 9780446509237
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Author Bio:

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.




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My Opinion:
If you enjoyed Julie & Julia, than you will enjoy this book. It's a fashionista's version of it. Instead of food, it's all about fashion. Although there is a mix of women that makes for a great story of friendship.
This is one of those stories that you finish, and feel like you wish you had the next book already lined up, ready to read. Sadly I do not. I don't even know if there is another in this series.
Speaking of which....
I had not read Waking Up In The Land Of Glitter, the previous book in the Crafty Chica Series, and I have to tell you, I didn't feel lost at all.
I believe these can be read as stand alone books, or series.
I do have a plan to read it though, since this one was so good.


4/5


Recommend? Yes, Women's Lit fans will eat it up!


~I received a copy from Hachette Book Group. I was not compensated for my opinion.~




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