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About the author


Colleen A. Parkinson is the award winning author of the harrowing play, "The Injured Child," and the poignant one-act play, "Waiting For The Train." She has also penned book and music reviews on Amazon under the name "Noratsinthecorn." As an avid supporter of fellow authors, Colleen has also made her book reviews available on her website https://thefinesthat.jimdo.com/.

"The Finest Hat in the Whole World," her first published novel, has been widely praised for its lyricism, compelling story, and intimately-drawn characters. Published in e-book and soft-cover format, it is available through many online booksellers, including Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.

Besides writing and theater, her interests include American History, genealogy, literary classics, modern fiction (especially by indie authors) and every kind of music, with a special love for the tunes of the 1920's through 1940's. Oh... and she loves cats (ask any cat). And antiques... she's nuts for antiques. And bellylaughs, sunrises, sunsets, and warm summer nights.

Colleen believes in performing anonymous acts of kindness whenever the opportunity arises, giving back to her community, encouraging the discouraged, and always - always - paying it forward.

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The Finest Hat in the Whole World
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Overview


Two Damaged Souls, Two Hearts Entwined, An Unforgettable Story

A life-changing gift arrives at Des Stewart's doorstep in early January 1917. Her name is Phena, and she is nine years old, troubled, temperamental, volatile, and desperately in need of someone she can trust. That someone is her Uncle Des.

This International award-winning novel has won the hearts of readers with its touching unforgettable story of healing, heartbreak and redemption.

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Description


Spanning the years 1917 through 1937, “The Finest Hat in the Whole World” follows Des Stewart and his niece Phena through the decades of the Great World War, flu pandemic, Prohibition, and the Great Depression. Yet, the world’s turmoil is nothing compared to that of their fractured family.

Des Stewart, “the responsible one,” of his siblings,  has put his life on hold to care for his widowed invalid mother who is gradually slipping into senility. Now thirty years old, he tends bar at a saloon close to home. Burdened with guilt, secrets, and regrets, he is depressed, overweight and apathetic about his future.

An opportunity for redemption arrives in the winter of 1917 when his nine year-old niece, Phena, comes to live with him. Troubled, temperamental and volatile, the girl has exhausted the patience of her parents. However, Des and Phena have a bond that originated the night of her traumatic birth, a bond that distance and circumstance could never break.

Can Des overcome his insecurities and bitterness as he molds Phena into an honorable woman?

And... what does it mean to wear the finest hat in the whole world?

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Overview


Two Damaged Souls, Two Hearts Entwined, An Unforgettable Story

A life-changing gift arrives at Des Stewart's doorstep in early January 1917. Her name is Phena, and she is nine years old, troubled, temperamental, volatile, and desperately in need of someone she can trust. That someone is her Uncle Des.

This International award-winning novel has won the hearts of readers with its touching unforgettable story of healing, heartbreak and redemption.

Read more

Description


Spanning the years 1917 through 1937, “The Finest Hat in the Whole World” follows Des Stewart and his niece Phena through the decades of the Great World War, flu pandemic, Prohibition, and the Great Depression. Yet, the world’s turmoil is nothing compared to that of their fractured family.

Des Stewart, “the responsible one,” of his siblings,  has put his life on hold to care for his widowed invalid mother who is gradually slipping into senility. Now thirty years old, he tends bar at a saloon close to home. Burdened with guilt, secrets, and regrets, he is depressed, overweight and apathetic about his future.

An opportunity for redemption arrives in the winter of 1917 when his nine year-old niece, Phena, comes to live with him. Troubled, temperamental and volatile, the girl has exhausted the patience of her parents. However, Des and Phena have a bond that originated the night of her traumatic birth, a bond that distance and circumstance could never break.

Can Des overcome his insecurities and bitterness as he molds Phena into an honorable woman?

And... what does it mean to wear the finest hat in the whole world?

Read more

Book details

Genre:FICTION

Subgenre:Family Life

Language:English

Pages:396

Format:Paperback

eBook ISBN:9781483568430

Paperback ISBN:9781943612901


Overview


Two Damaged Souls, Two Hearts Entwined, An Unforgettable Story

A life-changing gift arrives at Des Stewart's doorstep in early January 1917. Her name is Phena, and she is nine years old, troubled, temperamental, volatile, and desperately in need of someone she can trust. That someone is her Uncle Des.

This International award-winning novel has won the hearts of readers with its touching unforgettable story of healing, heartbreak and redemption.

Read more

Description


Spanning the years 1917 through 1937, “The Finest Hat in the Whole World” follows Des Stewart and his niece Phena through the decades of the Great World War, flu pandemic, Prohibition, and the Great Depression. Yet, the world’s turmoil is nothing compared to that of their fractured family.

Des Stewart, “the responsible one,” of his siblings,  has put his life on hold to care for his widowed invalid mother who is gradually slipping into senility. Now thirty years old, he tends bar at a saloon close to home. Burdened with guilt, secrets, and regrets, he is depressed, overweight and apathetic about his future.

An opportunity for redemption arrives in the winter of 1917 when his nine year-old niece, Phena, comes to live with him. Troubled, temperamental and volatile, the girl has exhausted the patience of her parents. However, Des and Phena have a bond that originated the night of her traumatic birth, a bond that distance and circumstance could never break.

Can Des overcome his insecurities and bitterness as he molds Phena into an honorable woman?

And... what does it mean to wear the finest hat in the whole world?

Read more

About the author


Colleen A. Parkinson is the award winning author of the harrowing play, "The Injured Child," and the poignant one-act play, "Waiting For The Train." She has also penned book and music reviews on Amazon under the name "Noratsinthecorn." As an avid supporter of fellow authors, Colleen has also made her book reviews available on her website https://thefinesthat.jimdo.com/.

"The Finest Hat in the Whole World," her first published novel, has been widely praised for its lyricism, compelling story, and intimately-drawn characters. Published in e-book and soft-cover format, it is available through many online booksellers, including Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.

Besides writing and theater, her interests include American History, genealogy, literary classics, modern fiction (especially by indie authors) and every kind of music, with a special love for the tunes of the 1920's through 1940's. Oh... and she loves cats (ask any cat). And antiques... she's nuts for antiques. And bellylaughs, sunrises, sunsets, and warm summer nights.

Colleen believes in performing anonymous acts of kindness whenever the opportunity arises, giving back to her community, encouraging the discouraged, and always - always - paying it forward.

Read more

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