I originally wrote this review from my Fresno Books Examiner site and was sent a copy of Vintage by Susan Gloss from William Morrow Marketing. I was so pleased to get a hard back copy of this beautifully covered book.
I was equally pleased to find out in reading Vintage by Susan Gloss that it is also a beautiful book inside the cover as well. The title alone caught my attention, because I myself have entered into secondhand stores in hopes of finding beautiful pieces of clothing. I loved how the author used this to make each piece of clothing in the story to have its own story to tell.
Each chapter starts off with listing a clothing item, scarf or purse, etc. Then there is a date associated with it, who it came from and a little line of description or how worn or not it is. I think it is such an original idea and very intriguing for the reader. This gives the reader an idea of who that chapter may be about. With this, the point of view changes in different chapters, but is not first person and still seems to work well with the pace and mood of the book.
The description of the novel from Susan Gloss's book site:
"At Hourglass Vintage in Madison, Wisconsin, every item in the boutique has a story to tell…and so do the women who are drawn there.
Violet Turner has always dreamed of owning a shop like Hourglass Vintage. When she is faced with the possibility of losing it, she realizes that, as much as she wants to, she cannot save it alone.
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 1950s wedding dress, she discovers unexpected possibilities and friends who won’t let her give up on her dreams.
Betrayed by her husband, Amithi Singh begins selling off her old clothes, remnants of her past life. After decades of housekeeping and parenting a daughter who rejects her traditional ways, she fears she has nothing more ahead for her.
An engaging story that beautifully captures the essence of women’s friendship and love, Vintage is a charming tale of possibility, of finding renewal and hope when we least expect it.
This novel is sure to please fans of women’s fiction who enjoy an engaging story filled with plucky characters and second acts.” -Library Journal
Vintage is a refreshing story of real women with real life issues. I enjoyed reading it and finding out how it all played out, including the vintage pieces that helped tell their stories. I highly recommend it for a summer read. I hope we hear more from Susan Gloss again soon as this is her debut novel!
5 out of 5 (Stars/irises)
I was taken to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for the second time tonight. What an amazing Prequel story to the wizarding world. J.K. Rowling has done it again. Newt Scamander steals the show along with his amazing creatures who break free from his brown briefcase as he enters New York.
For those of us who have read and seen all of the other Harry Potter stories, we recognize the differences from the New York and American magical world such as the non-maj or non magical people who are called muggles in the English set stories of Harry Potter. However, the feel of the magical world is still there. Especially, with the wonder that these creatures bring. I am not sure which was more of my favorite; the disappearing purse carrying creature or the snake-bird who can grow or shrink to the size of its surrounding.
There are a lot of links throughout the story to Hogwarts, but I won't mention them specifically here in case you haven't seen it yet. If that is the case, I highly recommend going to watch it in the theatre. It is also the beginning of 4 more movies in this pre-quel series of different times before the Harry Potter series. I truly enjoyed it and was reminiscent of the magical story that I have always loved reading and has also inspired me to write as well.
READ~WRITE~REVAMP gives Fantastic Beasts 5 out of 5 irises.
With that, happy holidays and happy reading and writing!
A Christmas book review was originally posted on my Fresno Books Examiner page, however, they have decided to close and have released my articles.
Belle was nicknamed Jingle Belle because she was the best writer of jingles for her company. For this she was requested for Nick Santini’s Tuscan-themed restaurant opening to write the jingle to help advertise the event. Nick disapproved of Belle at first and they had some run-ins with each other along the way, but both tried to make it work to meet the deadline to open before Christmas.
Belle’s boss Cam is longtime friends with Nick, the owner of the restaurant that Belle is writing the Jingle for the opening. Cam encourages Belle to write the jingle for Nick even though Nick continues to push back. By another twist of fate, Belle has grown close to Nick's brother Alex and his wife who are expecting a baby of their own soon. It is a great family story that many of us long for and it is exciting to read about the characters and see where the story unfolds.
Sparks flew as the lights went up around the holiday and the restaurant was prepped for its opening. Belle worked hard to write the perfect jingle, but Nick didn’t seem pleased. Will Nick and Belle come to an agreement in time to get the restaurant open before Christmas? With all of this, could Nick only say out of obligation “Merry Christmas, bella. Welcome to Santini’s.”
Delia Latham has many wonderful books and series you can check out at her website. Jingle Belle is part of the Pure Amore Pelican Book of the Month Club. Find out more information here. If you enjoy Christmas stories she also has the Smoky Mountain Christmas series that I wrote about just after last Christmas here.
Christmas love stories are precious. I suggest you read Jingle Belle by Delia Latham this Christmas season to find out what happens with Nick and Belle! As always Delia weaves a wonderful, beautiful and exciting story you will enjoy.
Hello and welcome to my Read Write Revamp blog! Well, I had a blog called Read~Write~Revamp for several years and life kicked in and I didn't click "renew" in time. I was upset at the loss and still am, which is why it has taken me a while to start a new one. However, I was also writing book reviews at Fresno Books Examiner for about 6 years. I recently started to work on my own site and and thought well, maybe I should blog and review on my own again. So here I am... My blog is where I will write about books, movies, writing and whatever else suites my fancy. Please feel free to chime in. I will also be posting my book reviews here too.
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