Every dress has a history. And so does every woman.
In Isabel Wolff’s captivating A Vintage Affair, a treasured child’s coat becomes a thread of hope connecting two very different women.
Her friends are stunned when Phoebe Swift abruptly leaves a plum job at the prestigious Sotheby’s auction house to open her own vintage clothing shop in London—but to Phoebe, it’s the fulfillment of a dream. In the sunlight-flooded interior of Village Vintage, surrounded by Yves Saint Laurent silk scarves, Vivienne Westwood bustle skirts, cupcake dresses, and satin gowns, Phoebe hopes to make her store the hot new place to shop, even as she deals with two ardent suitors, her increasingly difficult mother, and a secret from her past that casts a shadow over her new venture.
For Phoebe, each vintage garment carries its own precious history. Digging for finds in attics and wardrobes, Phoebe is rewarded whenever she finds something truly unique, for she knows that when you buy a piece of vintage clothing, you’re not just buying fabric and thread—you’re buying a piece of someone’s past. But one particular article of clothing will soon unexpectedly change her life.
Thérèse Bell, an elderly Frenchwoman, has an impressive clothing collection. But among the array of smart suits and couture gowns, Phoebe finds a child’s sky-blue coat—an item with which Bell is stubbornly reluctant to part. As the two women become friends, Phoebe will learn the tale of that little blue coat. And she will discover an astonishing connection between herself and Thérèse Bell—one that will help her heal the pain of her own past and allow her to love again.
From the Hardcover edition.
Brit chick-lit favorite Isabel Wolff courts American readers with this affecting tale of love, loss, and designer labels, which revolves around a vintage clothes shop in London. Phoebe Swift is devastated by the death of her best friend, so she seeks a fresh start by dumping her fiancée and quitting her high-profile job at Sotheby's in order to open her own vintage shop. The shop is an immediate hit, and Phoebe soon has a pair of suitors anxious to replace her ex-, but her quick comeback is interrupted when she gets a call from an elderly Frenchwoman who is looking to unload her entire wardrobe. As Phoebe peruses the woman's classic suits and gorgeous gowns, she spots a small blue girl's coat, and her innocent inquiry about the garment opens a well of secrets deep enough to reach her own recent grief. Wolff is a bankable bestseller throughout Europe, and readers of this tender and touching tale will likely head to their nearest vintage book shop in search of her backlist.
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- April 5, 2011
- April 5, 2011
- Isabel Wolff