This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
Violet, the owner of Hourglass Vintage, knows the history behind the pieces in her store. The vintage pieces all have a story to tell- and Violet is only too happy to listen. Violet, though, has a past that she is not sure how to move on from. She’s moved away- and yet, still feels tied to her past. One day, she gets an unpleasant surprise. Her landlord is giving her notice to either buy her building or vacate the premises. As much as Violet loves Hourglass Vintage and it’s location- is this another dream that she will have to give up?
April, an 18 year old, who recently had her wedding cancelled, is dealing with a personal family crisis (along with an unplanned pregnancy) is worried about what happens next in life. Through a serendipitous connection, April gets to know Violet- and find out that life, even though things are not going as planned, still has many good things to smile about.
Amithi begins stopping by Hourglass Vintage- selling pieces from her closet. Amithi is reeling- she’s found out her husband has been unfaithful. After years of taking care of the family, putting his needs above her own- taking pride in housekeeping and parenting- she is shocked. However, this is not her only shock- her daughter has recently rejected the lifestyle that Amithi was hoping to teach her daughter about- the taking care of family, of cooking, sewing, taking pride in those arts. Will these events in Amithi’s life be the jumpstart she needs to find out what Amithi likes- not as a mom, not as a wife- but just as Amithi?
Each lady, while on the outside are very different, on the inside- they are fighting similar battles- finding peace with their life choices, not giving up on dreams, finding their place in life. Each woman, while when they met did not know this, is able to help play a role in others lives- by being a friend, by providing inspiration, by listening.
Friendship, love, and vintage clothes- all combine to make a beautiful story.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
When my partner in Futuristic Friday crime, Katie at Doing Dewey, picked VINTAGE for Futuristic Friday April-June 2014 edition, I admit- this book had slipped under my radar. But, the cover really caught my attention. So, I waited. I waited for Katie to talk about the book, waited to hear more buzz. And boy, was all the things I was hearing good! And the cover… well, the cover was still gorgeous.
When William-Morrow contacted Traveling With T about the paperback release of VINTAGE, I didn’t waste a nano-second saying “YES!” Finally, I was getting my hands on the book with the gorgeous cover. The book that softly whispered to me “Read me, Read me. Read me. I am the type of book you adore.”
Let me tell you- THIS is my book. Love. Secrets. Hurt. Chasing dreams. Finding your strengths. Choosing happiness- even if it doesn’t look like what you thought it would. I LOVED this book. I devoured this book.
Violet, my darling Violet. She spoke to me. I can see being friends with Violet. I understand her concerns, her issues. I loved that even as life was not turning out life she’d thought- she was being a happy starfish. And persevering.
Amithi was an interesting character- and one that provided a balance to the “happy ever after” lifestyle that so many people want. April, for me, was the one I connected with the least- although, she was a good character.
Looking for a charmingly sweet women’s fiction story? One with heart and fashion? Try VINTAGE by Susan Gloss.
*VINTAGE was sent to Traveling With T by William Morrow for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T