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Vintage: A Novel Paperback – September 2, 2014
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“A colorful and charming novel, filled with tenderness for women and friendship. Susan Gloss writes about clothes in such loving detail that every page read like a literary wardrobe makeover…a delicious combination.” (Susanna Daniel, author of Sea Creatures)
“Susan Gloss has conjured up a generous and welcoming world—and the women of Violet’s beloved vintage shop have plenty of grit to go with their glamour.” (Michelle Wildgen, author of Bread and Butter)
From the Back Cover
A small-town girl with a flair for fashion, Violet Turner had always dreamed of owning a shop like Hourglass Vintage. But when faced with the possibility of losing the store to an unscrupulous developer, she realizes that despite her usual self-reliance she cannot save it all by herself.
Eighteen-year-old April Morgan is nearly five months along in an unplanned pregnancy when her hasty engagement is broken. When she returns the perfect vintage wedding dress to Violet’s shop, she forges an unexpected bond with women who won’t let her give up on her dreams.
Betrayed by her husband, Amithi Singh begins selling off her vibrant Indian silk dresses. After decades of housekeeping and parenting a daughter who rejects her traditional ways, she fears her best days are behind her . . . until she discovers an outlet for her creativity with a needle and thread.
Vintage is a charming tale of possibility, of finding renewal, love, and hope when we least expect it.
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Anyway, it starts out slow and I will honestly say, it took a while to grab me. The story centers around 3 women who are involved with this vintage dress store. I won't be one of those reviewers who feel like I have to write "cliff notes", but I do want to point out that the characters are all developed throughout the span of the book. You keep learning more and more about their past and what brought them to the store. Even the owner, Violet; you will learn what drove her away from home and why she made the decision to own her own store.
But once it grabs you, you won't want to put it down and you won't want it to end--both at the same time! If you love character development books, you will love this.
BTW-I read the reviews--both good and bad--of this book before buying, so I was prepared for some "amateurish" writing. Yes, there are a few lines that seems kind of pointless, but overall I liked this author's style and would not call her an amateur at all! Give her a chance. I hope she writes more; she may become my new favorite if she does.
I love a good story! And this was a good story, and a debut novel if I'm not mistaken. The story might not have been written with male readers in mind, but it was a good story ...and even some men like good stories!
Susan Gloss had the makings of a great story and almost pulled it off. But as entertaining as it was, and as good as it was, I just had to deduct one star because a few selected parts seemed pushed a bit, strained, as if not in the natural flow of the story. I had thoughts that those sections might have been added later?? Those parts didn't exactly detract from the story, but during or right after reading those parts, I stopped to wonder why it was included.
But don't be put off or hesitant to read this story - it was a fun and entertaining read. A four-star rating is pretty darned good for a debut novel by a young author. And I'm going to keep my eye out for her next novel ...I'll buy and read it for sure.
, but oh, it got to be one long lecture about marriage and children hidden behind the facade of an"independent woman".
Sorry to say Violet was about as interesting and independent as a brick. She was bossy, selfish, whiney and pretty much a bore.
The other characters were less than interesting as well.
The whole story was a big happily severe after , let's be conventional and pretend we aren't, because after all, one has two tattoos, one has a broken marriage and one is a pregnant teen. Just for good measure let's throw in an older person with cancer.
Don't fall for this boring rehashed fairy tale of love and family. Save your time and read a real story, a biography, Anne Frank, Zelda Fitzgerald, even Princess Diana's lives will teach you far more about the truth of hardship than this crap.