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A Vintage Affair: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle) Paperback – April 5, 2011
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“Romantic and sumptuous, this is a must for fans of vintage dresses and vintage romance.”—Hester Browne, author of The Little Lady Agency
“This colorful new novel has something for everyone. There is mystery, romance, great characters, as well as London and France.”—Naples Daily News
“Deftly blends past and present, romance and mystery, and a theme of forgiveness and redemption.”—Mary Kincaid, The Huffington Post
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What makes this book a can't-put-it-down page-turner is the fact that mystery lurks around every corner, as does coincidence (or fate?), and this combination, while it may strain credulity at times, also keeps the reader guessing and hoping, right along with Phoebe. In addition to mystery, there's romance that includes just about all the various shades of romantic entanglements, including lost love, found love with complications, and budding romance with great potential. Somehow the author manages to keep it believable enough that the reader is swept along with the story, unable to put the book down or forget about what's going to happen next.Read more ›
Phoebe Swift's love for all things vintage leads to her opening her own shop, Village Vintage. She meets many different and unique people with many wonderful stories. One of these people is Mrs. Therese Bell who grew up during the war in the 1940's. She tells her story of growing up during the war and the person she felt she betrayed and has kept a part of it, the beautiful blue coat, to herself all these years. Which is something Phoebe could relate to all to well.
I really enjoyed reading this book. The descriptions of the vintage clothing was wonderfully detailed, I could picture every outfit perfectly. I enjoyed the story of Mrs. Bell somewhat more than I did the main storyline with Phoebe, but Phoebe's was just as interesting to read about.
There were so many characters each with their own individual personalities. Phoebe's two or well three, I suppose, love interests Miles the older man with the snobbish daughter, Dan a sweet and quirky journalist/ film aficionado, and of course the ex-fiance she left behind. One of my favorite characters was her mother who was obsessed with wanting to stay young and learning about all these different procedures she was thinking of doing. I enjoyed all of the characters even the not so nice ones.
A Vintage Affair was a really fun and at times sad book to read. It makes me want to open up my own vintage shop in hopes of meeting a wonderful person like Mrs. Bell and being surrounded by all the beautiful clothing.
Your heart misses a beat; your stomach flutters, your eyes lit up, feasting on every detail. You say to yourself how beautiful it is. There in your hands is the perfect dress albeit it was made 60 years ago. Other people only see an old dress but for you is a unique find, one to be treasured. In her book, "A Vintage Affair," Isabel Wolff captures this feeling for vintage clothing at every level, from the person who casually picks up a 1950s purse because it tickles her fancy, to the hard-core collector, to the connoisseur. Weaved with the designer brands, famous fashion designer names, clothing styles, shopping and care tips are the stories of Phoebe Swift, who after 12 years as an auctioneer at Sotheby's and after the recent tragic loss of her best friend, opens her own vintage clothing shop, and those of her customers.
Phoebe's store, "Village Vintage," becomes the crossroads in the lives of the characters of "A Vintage Affair". As Phoebe gives, as she puts it, a new lease in life to the fabulous 40-, 50- or 60-year-old gowns, dresses, and coats; they in turn, enable their new owners a fresh start in their own lives. It's not only the buyers who are touched by the vintage outfits but also those who part with them as in the case of Therese Bell, a 79-year-old cancer patient whose greatest regret in life mirrors Phoebe's.
As somebody who loves vintage jewelry, I can attest that everything Phoebe said about why she likes vintage is true. Whether it is clothes or jewelry, those who love vintage wear them for their uniqueness, marvel at their craftsmanship and design, wonder at their history, and are driven to save them from destruction. For the most part, I enjoyed "A Vintage Affair.Read more ›
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A delightful story of appreciating the value of quality items loved by others. The relationships developed from and with the items is intriguing as the storyline develops. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Becky Wilson
Phoebe has made a dramatic change in her life after the death of her friend. She has quit her job and decided to open a vintage clothing store, along with breaking off her... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michelle Boytim
Vintage clothing is the center of the plot. All characeters revolve around this topic developing mysteries within each other. Enjoyable story, but very predictable.Published 3 months ago by Susan Wells
I really enjoyed A Vintage Affair. The characters were well drawn, the plot lines were interesting and the story was charming. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jewel Walker
I loved this book! The story was interesting from the vintage clothing aspect, since I really didn't know much about the vintage market. The story about the blue coat was great. Read morePublished 5 months ago by catlvr14