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A vintage affair : a novel
2009
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Characters
Phoebe Swift (Female), Businesswoman, Grieving over the death of her childhood friend; quit her job at Sotheby's auction house to open her own vintage dress shop; has a talent for matching people with their ideal fashion; becomes friends with Mrs. Bell
Therese Bell (Female), Businesswoman, French, Survived World War II; sells Phoebe vintage clothing; becomes friends with Phoebe;refuses to sell a child's coat that she has
Genre
Fiction
Romance
Topics
Grief
Loss
Life changes
Vintage clothing
Women-owned businesses
Fashion industry
Female friendship
World War II
Self-discovery
Identity
Healing
Memories
Setting
London, England - Europe
England - Europe
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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Vintage clothing lover Phoebe opens her own resale boutique in London's Blackheath neighborhood, meeting much success. She's grateful for the hustle and bustle the shop provides, because it lets her forget her guilt over the death of her best childhood friend, not to mention that she just left her fiance at the altar. When the elderly Mrs. Bell contracts with Phoebe to sell her entire wardrobe, Phoebe finds herself reeled in by the story of Mrs. Bell's childhood friend, thought lost in the horrors of the Holocaust. Additionally, our heroine's got not one but two new suitors keeping her on her toes. Sounds like a lot, but Wolff manages to keep every story line interesting and on track, including plenty of fashion talk. VERDICT Fans of British chick lit, rejoice! (And readers who aren't already fans, prepare to become such.) With a wide cast of realistic, wonderfully drawn characters, a deft blending of the past with the present, and a seemingly effortless managing of several plots at once, this charming novel by the author of Behaving Badly and The Trials of Tiffany Trott deserves a place in all popular fiction collections.--Rebecca Vnuk, Forest Park, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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