If this is the affair Phoebe got, sign me up! I read a novel just recently about fashion. Oh, how I so fell in love with the story! Follow me on Goodreads to see what else I’m reading.
***PS: Partial spoiler alerts below!***
A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff
The book’s description definitely caught my eye. I don’t know much about vintage fashion, but I definitely wanted to learn.
The novel is about a girl named Phoebe, who surprises her family and friends when she quits her longtime job to open her own vintage shop. I have to say, she has guts. I don’t think I’d be able to do that. I think that’s what I liked about her first: She goes for her dreams, no matter what anyone else says.
The book was very interesting, in that it takes the reader throughout Phoebe’s daily life. You get a glimpse of her family. Her mother, who won’t stop looking until she’s found the perfect ways to make herself look younger. Her father, who is now in a relationship with a much younger woman who just gave birth to a baby boy, Phoebe’s half brother.
You get to meet the men in Phoebe’s life: Guy, a man from the past, but will he still be in Phoebe’s future? Dan, the quirky journalist with curly hair. Miles, the older man with a spoiled daughter.
Oh, but I can’t forget about the best part: The clothes. ❤
Phoebe sells the most gorgeous clothing in her store, Village Vintage. Well, I imagine them to be beautiful because there are no pictures in this book.
The way Isabel Wolff describes the clothing in Phoebe’s shop is amazing. It makes me feel like I’m also in the shop, helping Phoebe and her assistant Annie put clothing out and style mannequins!
(The image to the right is the image of the book on my Kindle)
All I ever wanted throughout the book was to try on one of the ever so popular cupcake dresses!
I also really envied Annie’s job. I wanted to be Phoebe’s assistant at Village Vintage! Oh, how I’d love to help ladies try on clothing. And Phoebe and Annie had so much knowledge about vintage clothing! I was so impressed. But then again, that means I must be impressed with Wolff’s knowledge of it all! 🙂
Throughout the book, you learn about Phoebe’s best friend Emma. Emma was a hat designer and you learn what she truly means to Phoebe.
You also meet Mrs. Bell, a wonderfully sweet elderly woman who sells some clothes to Phoebe for Village Vintage. I felt like Mrs. Bell was the old woman every little girl wanted as their grandmother. Her compelling life story, in which she only confided in Phoebe, was breathtaking.
In the end, you learn about how Phoebe deals with her life and all the crazy things it’ll throw at her. Phoebe learns to find herself through her friends, loved ones, and best of all, fashion.
I truly enjoyed this novel. I think I may just read it again! & I don’t do that often. 😉 I love how I could connect with a book so well. Maybe this means I should just start reading more fashion books! Or maybe I should just start reading more books written by Wolff 🙂
So what do you think? Have you read this book before? Thoughts?