The problem was she had a lisp. She was afraid her lisp would come out more under anxiety and she would be teased even more cruelly had people heard it, especially when they were angry. I just wanted her to stand up to her boss a little bit at least, and put him in his place! Nope. Nel learned at a young age to not talk back during a confrontation and just accept any brutal attack on her character because if anyone heard her lisp, they brought that to the table as well by teasing her horribly. Not fair of them, and not fair Nel didn't feel she had the opportunity to stand up for herself.
On the bright side, I loved how the writer was able to get us to feel how she felt as she touched the fabrics for the hats, molded the hats, and the overall satisfaction that everything all came together into what is her final design. She had a gift, always knowing what hat would look the best on any woman, and she pretty much designed the hat that popped into her head. The clients LOVED her! Soon her MEAN boss would notice this, take the credit for HER work, and put her down because of her lisp. Little did he know she had a very caring customer give her a business card for a specialized speech therapist. She went to that person for lessons and her speech improved immensely, except still when she was extremely anxious again.
Nel's company got the opportunity to go to London, specifically Nell, to make hats for the Royal family's wedding that was coming! What an opportunity! Nel excelled at what she does best, and she even ran into an old friend she knew since school, Quentin. Her boss does not like how popular her designs were, and I believe out of fear of losing her, he does some very mean and drastic things. Finally Nel finds her voice and stands up to him!
What bothered me the most about this book is the ending. The author saved everything at the end for the last 5% of it. So many things happened and were crammed into this tiny amount of time. The author should have taken at least a good 10% and not rushed everything like she did. There was no reason to do so, in my opinion.
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