At Hourglass Vintage in Madison, Wisconsin, every item in the boutique has a story to tell…and so do the women whose lives the store touches.
"Yellow Samsonite suitcase with ivory, quilted lining, 1950s"
A small-town girl with a flair for fashion, Violet Turner had always dreamed of owning a shop like Hourglass Vintage. But while she values the personal history behind each beautiful item she sells, Violet is running from her own past. Faced with the possibility of losing the store to an unscrupulous developer, she realizes that despite her usual self-reliance she cannot save it alone.
"Taffeta tea-length wedding gown with scooped neckline and cap sleeves, 1952"
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 vintage wedding dress to Violet's shop, she discovers a world of new possibilities, and an unexpected sisterhood with women who won't let her give up on her dreams.
"Orange silk sari with gold paisley design, 1968"
Betrayed by her husband, Amithi Singh begins selling off her vibrant Indian dresses, remnants of a life she's determined to leave behind her. After decades of housekeeping and parenting a daughter who rejects her traditional ways, she fears her best days are behind her…until she discovers an outlet for her creativity and skills with a needle and thread.
An engaging story that beautifully captures the essence of friendship and style, Vintage is a charming tale of possibility, of finding renewal, love, and hope when we least expect it.
©2014 Susan Gloss (P)2014 HarperCollinsPublishers
I loved the characters in this book. If you like a little bit of romance, some quirky people and strong female characters, this story is for you. I laughed and cried which counts as a great book to me. Liked the narrator too.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
More than chic lit . . . more than a romance novel . . . not slutty . . . this is a book that touched my heart in ways I didn't expect . . . four women, all at different places in their lives, their one connection, Hourglass Vintage, the shop owned by Violet Turner . . . who had come to Madison, Wisconsin to make a new start . . . what I love about this book is the honesty between these women, their coming to know and trust one another, and in doing so, realizing their own worth . . . and not in the women's lib, "I am woman" shouting way of the 70s and 80s . . . but in the natural, loving way that women, through the centuries have come alongside one another, whether it is in India or America . . . I love that it isn't forced, contrived or tied up in a bow . . . although I absolutely love happy endings (and this one is very satisfying), I like these women just the way they are . . . I like that, even though the women are in relationships and sex is involved, it is not graphic or crude . . . great listen . . .
Human, engaging, feel-good.
I really dig the Indian woman's plot line - wasn't sure how her character fit in initially, but she ended up making the whole story more meaningful.
She is benign enough to not distract from the story, but she distinguishes the characters very successfully.
Haha. Good question. Something about how little things can make a big difference in the world.
Highly recommend this title!
For those who are interested in all things vintage and enjoy chick lit, this is a decent story. It would have been SO much more enjoyable with a different narrator. It really detracted from the emotional impact of the story.
Her voice just wasn't resonant, her reading seemed choppy, and I never felt that she empathized with any of the characters she was reading.
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