Ever since I viewed the hardcover of A VINTAGE AFFAIR by Isabel Wolff I had high hopes the story within was for me. Several times my husband tried to convince me to purchase it, most likely to stop me from going on and on about it.
Months and months went by and then one day hubby returned from the bookstore with the news it was out in paperback but what about my beautiful cover? So happy to report the cover was in tact with a few minor changes that did not deter. And if that was not enough the good folks at Bantam sent a copy my way.
The story is set in London and the lovely young woman who opens the vintage clothing store VILLAGE VINTAGE is Phoebe Swift. Previously, Phoebe worked at Sotheby’s as a fashion auctioneer. Seeking a change Phoebe opens the store and her care and attention to the clothes within her store are now her treasures.
The store, clothing and customers interaction is endearing and this is what I was expecting. The cupcake dresses and their journey to their buyers steal the scenes; I so wanted to own one in pink (depending on the shade) or aqua. While completely satisfied with this storyline, another storyline emerges with an older woman seeking to find homes for some of her clothes as well as lighten her possessions. This provided the binding ingredient to issues in Phoebe’s past and present as well as closure that was missing in Phoebe’s life.
If you are out there and reading this from across The Pond Isabel Wolff, I am ready for the next chapter in Phoebe Swift’s life and the outfits on the racks at Village Vintage. To find out more about Isabel, A VINTAGE AFFAIR and her other books visit, http://www.isabelwolff.com/us-books/a-vintage-affair/index.html.