Saturday, July 19, 2014

Book Review: A Vintage Affair

While browsing the stacks of books at Barnes and Noble the other day, I stopped in my tracks when I passed this book on a shelf. They say you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but I admit I have a weakness for books with pretty covers (and when that cover also includes fashion I'm all in!).

I quickly skimmed the back of the book and bought A Vintage Affair on a whim, and I'm glad I did. Is it predictable and a bit on the fluffy side? Absolutely. But, it has more depth to it than your average fictional fashion romance novel. The main character, Phoebe, takes a chance and opens up her own vintage shop after the death of her best friend, the divorce of her parents, and a broken engagement. Phoebe abandons a promotion and steady career at Sotheby's as a vintage fashion auctioneer/aficionado, yet through her Village Vintage shop she starts to put her life back together through several encounters with the people she meets. I was surprised and glad the book didn't focus so heavily on Phoebe's love life, which prevented the book from being so predictable. Instead, author Isabel Wolff puts equal stock into developing friendships, explaining the knowledge involved in selling valuable vintage fashion, and overcoming crippling guilt.

I'm really glad I added this to my summer reading list!

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