Thursday, August 19, 2010

A VINTAGE AFFAIR by Isabel Wolff

Publisher: Bantam
Date published: June 2010
ISBN: 978-0553807837
Reviewed by Valerie
Obtained by publisher

Fulfilling a dream, Phoebe Swift leaves a wonderful job at Sotheby’s to open her own vintage clothes shop. She fills her shop with brand name vintage clothing and hopes to have the hottest clothes shop in London. Phoebe loves vintage clothing and feels that each piece has a special bit of history. For her, these clothes are not just a way to make money, but truly a piece of someone’s past. Not long after opening her shop, her life is full and busy. There are even two suitors, her mother who is being a tad difficult and a new friendship with an elderly lady Thérèse Bell. Phoebe has a past that haunts her and when her friendship grows with this very elderly, but nice lady, she learns that she too has a similar past. Together they learn to face their past failures, heal and for Phoebe, to again think of love.

I was quite caught up with all the description of clothing. From fabrics, patterns, shapes, sizes, colors and of course those brand names. Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood to name a couple. At first after reading about half the book, I was thinking, well, what is going on? It didn’t seem too exciting. There wasn’t any real conflict. Maybe it’s just a sweet story about a woman who fulfils her dream. Having two men pursue her was kind of interesting and I had my favorite of the two. But as the story progressed and the friendship between Thérèse and Phoebe developed it got really fascinating. The stories of what happened to them in the past are so very similar and through this they really bond. It’s all quite heartbreaking. The ending of this story gave me goose bumps and tears, it was fabulous. This is a lovely read for a long, lazy afternoon and I can highly recommend it.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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