Thursday, April 3, 2014

Vintage: A Novel by Susan Gloss

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book:

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.

my thoughts:

Vintage was a bust for me.  The story was lackluster, cliched, and overly wordy (the editor really should have cut several pages from the book).  As for the characters, they were underdeveloped and pretty stereotypical in every way - the high school teen who winds up knocked up by her college boyfriend, the woman who discovers her husband's infidelity, and the divorcee trying to keep hold of her new life.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy reading about characters such as these, but in this story they were caricatures, not characters.  And their stories were predictable - woman finds new love, baby is born to doting parents, and someone discovers their hidden desire to take fashion classes.  Yep, not exactly groundbreaking material to get caught up in.  The only positive thing about the book was the descriptions of vintage clothing - that was the highlight.  All in all, this book was a dud for me.  The writing was just not engaging enough to hold my interest - I had to force myself to finish reading it. 

Of course, don't just take my word about this book.  Check out the TLC Book Tour schedule for: Vintage and find out what others have to say about it. 
Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!


Becca said...

It seems like people either really like this book or it is a bust. I don't think I will be clamoring to read this one.

A Bookish Way of Life said...

Becca, so true! This one is a mixed bag, so I could totally understand the mixed reaction to it. Check it out only if you are stuck with absolutely nothing to read.

Lisa said...

What a shame; it sounds like it had real potential to be charming.

A Bookish Way of Life said...

Lisa, it had potential, but the author just didn't take it to the next level to make it an engrossing read. Oh well.

The Relentless Reader said...

Ah rats :( Ah well, I guess they can't all be winners. I see that you have some awesome stuff coming up on your TBR pile though!

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Darn, I'm sorry this one didn't work for you but thanks for being on the tour!

A Bookish Way of Life said...

Jennifer, exactly. There are hits and misses when it comes to reading. Unfortunately this was a huge miss. Oh well.

Heather, thanks for having me on the tour.