Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Book # 14 "A Vintage Affair" by Isabel Wolff

What could be better than a story of learning to forgive yourself, finding true love, and great vintage clothes? Filled with fun and still very real characters "A Vintage Affair" is the kind of story I want to hurry to find out what happens but I don't want it to end. How great is that in a book?

As Phoebe Swift tries to recover from a tragedy for which she feels responsible she leaves her job in the vintage clothes department of a famous auction house to open her own vintage clothing store. All the while dealing with her parents divorce, her mother's mid-life crisis, her father's later in life baby (and very young new wife), her budding romance with an older man, and her new friendship with a rather odd but also rather wonderful reporter.

During all this she meets Therese, an elderly French woman selling her vintage clothes while putting her affairs in order. In somewhat parallel stories we learn both Phoebe and Therese need to find forgiveness in their hearts for themselves.

There are great messages of forgiving yourself, forgiving others, loving yourself, loving others, and mostly of having hope. I truly loved this book and kind of hope we may hear from Phoebe Swift again.

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