Yes it’s Wednesday, and I’m skipping my Wordless Wednesday post (even though I have several fabulous doors to share!) because I told myself I wouldn’t participate unless I had shared a review since my last WW. So here I am; writing about vintage clothing instead of sharing some vintage doorways.
Last week while delayed in yet another airport, I went on a little Kindle buying spree (for conservative spenders, it’s really convenient that Kindle doesn’t give you a combined order total but charges for every title) and among the new Larsson, Evanovich and Roberts, I discovered a jewel in THE VINTAGE AFFAIR by the charming Brit, Isabel Wolff.
While this novel has stories of romance, the protagonist Phoebe is an independent woman, who opens a vintage clothing store in London.
A warning to all you with a propensity to shop: be careful upon finishing this book! I happened to be in Newport, RI for a gorgeous wedding last weekend and found myself spending hours in the vintage store, determined to find the dress that spoke to me, as deliciously described by Wolff. Unfortunately (fortunately for my wallet) I found no such dress, but I will keep looking.
Beyond the gorgeously described vintage threads, there is a story of two female friendships woven throughout. One is that of Phoebe and her late best friend, Emma, and the other is through a connection discovered with an ill, elderly woman who lived during WWII. The emphasis on the novel is strongly in the friendship camp, although there is a bit of romance (or discussion of the lack there of) in Phoebe’s dating life and the recent demise of her parent’s marriage.
This book isn’t life changing, though it definitely offers more depth than traditional chick lit. It will make you think about some of your personal regrets you’ve been carrying with you, and may offer some insight on how to let it go. Perfect read for a trip, especially if you’re escaping to a charming countryside with many vintage offerings!
Which jacket do you prefer? UK or US?