April 8, 2014 Contemporary, Fiction, Romance 25

VintageTitle: Vintage
Author: Susan Gloss
Source: from publisher for TLC Book Tour
Rating: ★★★★★
Review Summary: This is a beautiful, amazing, wonderful book which explores female friendship and stands as a powerful testament to the idea that the modern woman can be anyone she wants to be.

As I may have mentioned once or twice, I love books where people’s lives intersect and they all become happier as a result. This is one of those stories. At the beginning, I thought I might be getting tired of that story. I thought this particular story might feel clichéd and exactly like all the others. However, the more I read, the more I was convinced this was something special. The writing did remind me of The Wedding Bees or Lost Lake. Susan Glass does a wonderful job creating a vivid world with a cheerful atmosphere. Her writing is bright and colorful, making reading this book a delightful experience. Initially, I wasn’t sure I liked the fashion references, especially since I’m not fashionable enough to get all of them. I did, however, think the idea of focusing each chapter on one item from Violet’s store (described at the beginning of the chapter) gave this book a unique character. I eventually got used to the in-chapter fashion references too.

What really won me over though was the fantastic message of this book. The characters are incredibly diverse, including: Violet, the vintage store owner from a small midwestern town; Amithi, a traditional Indian wife; April, a teenage mother-to-be; Betsy, a wealthy philanthropist; and , a retired actress and mother of three. Throughout the story, all of these women come together and help one another in a beautiful example of female friendship. Their differences are sometimes challenging, but they also enable these women to support one another. Each woman has very different goals and dreams, both professionally and personally. And this book makes it very clear, that all of their goals are equally admirable. Whether a woman chooses to be mothers or have a career or both or wants to do stereotypically feminine things or not, it’s all ok. I think this is something that needs to be said more often. I am deeply grateful to the author for making this a book which not only gave me warm fuzzy feelings because of a happy story, but a book that could make a difference with it’s positive message for women at any stage of their lives.

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25 Responses to “Vintage”

  1. Melinda @ The Book Musings

    Seems like this book has a lot of colourful characters! After reading Paris Rue des Martyrs, I’m thinking I rather like books where the characters’ lives intersect. I think I will also have a slight problem with the fashion references – I’m a total flop when it comes to fashion, but the book sounds lovely!
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    • DoingDewey

      I really just don’t get tired of them, especially when they have such a lovely positive message as this one. The reason I like all of the books like this is because they have such a happy perspective on humanity, but the embracing of diversity and different aspirations for women really made this one stand out for me 🙂

    • DoingDewey

      Thank you for stopping by and for writing such a wonderful, beautiful book. Reading it brought me a lot of joy 🙂

    • DoingDewey

      Oh, I hope you do! It is my usual kind of read, but if you’re going to try this kind of book for the first time, this is a great book to go with 🙂

  2. Suko

    I also enjoyed this book a lot, for many of the same reasons as you, although I expressed my thoughts differently. Terrific review!

    • DoingDewey

      It was a good one! Especially great from the perspective of diversity, something which really impressed me. I read a lot of this type of books and in many of them, the differences between the characters who come together are much smaller than in this book.