Title: A Vintage Affair: A Novel
Author: Isabel Wolff
Release Date: June 22, 2010
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Amazon Vine
Rating: 4 out of 5
After years of working at a prestigious auction house dealing with vintage clothing, Phoebe Swift is finally ready to strike out on her own. She has taken a huge chance by following her dream – opening a vintage clothing shop called Village Vintage. Along the way, Phoebe learns that there is more to vintage clothing than meets the eye – these clothes have the power to give people courage, heal old wounds, and change lives.
Though I don’t know much about vintage clothing, I thought the premise of A Vintage Affair sounded fascinating. I loved the idea of a woman finding the courage to strike out on their own and learning a lot about herself in the process.
A Vintage Affair had a lot of interesting information about vintage clothing, which was a real treat. It was great to learn about something while simultaneously enjoying an entertaining read. Phoebe is clearly passionate about vintage clothes and really believes in their power to give people confidence. It’s easy to forget how big of a difference feeling like one looks good can make on a person’s mood.
Phoebe herself was a very endearing character. She was grappling with some personal demons of her own, and threw herself into work in order to avoid thinking about them. I really enjoyed reading about her coming to terms with her past. Wolff did an exceptional job making her feelings palpable to the reader – it was easy to sympathize with her emotions. Additionally, I loved the secondary characters in the novel – from Phoebe’s mom to Dan, Wolff has a flair for creating three-dimensional, appealing characters.
A Vintage Affair was an enjoyable read that’s difficult to classify. There are so many different threads that come together beautifully to make up this novel, it defies being assigned a single genre. It’s a complicated, well-written novel, and I will definitely be going back to read more of Isabel Wolff’s works.