Monday, March 31, 2014

Vintage: A Novel by Susan Gloss

Vintage: A Novel

Vintage: A Novel    
Offered by HarperCollins Publishers
Price: $11.04 

5.0 out of 5 stars A Charming and Engaging Novel, March 31, 2014

Book Description
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
Vintage is Susan Gloss's sparkling debut novel in the vein of The Friday Night Knitting Club, centered around a Midwestern vintage clothing shop and   a group of women who eventually transform the store and each others' lives.

At Hourglass Vintage in Madison, Wisconsin, every item in the boutique has a story to tell . . . and so do the women who are drawn there.

Violet Turner has always dreamed of owning a shop like Hourglass Vintage. When she is faced with the possibility of losing it, she realizes that, as much as she wants to, she cannot save it alone.

Eighteen-year-old April Morgan is nearly five months along in an unplanned pregnancy when her hasty engagement is broken. When she returns the perfect 1950s wedding dress, she discovers unexpected possibilities and friends who won't let her give up on her dreams.

Betrayed by her husband, Amithi Singh begins selling off her old clothes, remnants of her past life. After decades of housekeeping and parenting a daughter who rejects her traditional ways, she fears she has nothing more ahead for her.

An engaging story that beautifully captures the essence of women's friendship and love, Vintage is a charming tale of possibility, of finding renewal and hope when we least expect it.

This was an entirely unexpected treat of a novel.  I love romance, sci-fi and speculative fiction novels and I usually only merely ‘like’ this sort of book. However, this novel just surpassed my expectations of what this type of fiction usually is and left me wanting more.

This is a charming, engaging read with well-fleshed characters and what is, for me at least, a fresh approach to the genre.

Three generations of women - one of which is a fine line between American and Indian, meet in a vintage clothing shop owned by our protagonist Violet.  All three women are suffering from problems ranging from betrayal to an unplanned pregnancy, to a loss of her business.  Although Violet is faced with the possibility of losing her shop, there are bigger issues that trouble her.

This book is filled with second chances and some happy endings. The fact that not all the endings are entirely happy made this such a realistic and pleasant read.

I do believe that I will be searching for more books by this author and then having a pleasant day loosing myself within these new worlds.

ARC supplied by publisher for reviewing purposes.

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