Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff

Released: 2010

Isabel Wolff's style continues to improve as the years pass, and A Vintage Affair is her best book to date.

A Vintage Affair tells the story of a new beginning in Phoebe Swift's life after her best friend dies. At the height of her career, Phoebe opens Village Vintage, a shop specializing in selling authentic and vintage clothing made by the most coveted labels in the fashion world. Elements of her new life weave quite the intricate web of new friends, new men, and new revelations which all intertwine at some point in the novel. Along the way, readers are treated to anecdotes of history tidbits dating back as far as the 1920s with vintage clothing playing a large role in the plot.

The prologue and first chapter of A Vintage Affair are sad and dreary and one gets an intuition that the rest is predictable, but DON'T let this stop you from reading because the novel picks up drastically and is not predictable after all!

Wolff's A Vintage Affair is charming and so is Phoebe. With most heroines in chick-lit being haphazard, sloppy, awkward, and clumsy, Phoebe is quite the opposite as an elegant, classy, intelligent woman with her ducks in a row. Phoebe is prim and proper, and we love her for it.

Having read Isabel Wolff's previous books, A Vintage Affair is proof that Wolff will continue to produce high-quality and FUN novels. I can't wait to read her next one!

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