Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Book Review: Vintage by Susan Gloss

From Goodreads:
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.

Yellow Samsonite suitcase with ivory, quilted lining, 1950s...
Violet Turner had always dreamed of owning a shop like Hourglass Vintage. Though she knows the personal history behind each precious item she sells, Violet refuses to acknowledge her own past. When she is faced with the possibility of losing the store, she realizes that, as much as she wants to, 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 1950s wedding dress, she discovers unexpected possibilities and friends who won't let her give up on her dreams.

Orange sari made from silk dupioni with gold paisley design, 1968...
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.
Writing
Solidly middle of the road.  It's her first book, and I think that shows.  It's also chick lit/women's lit, and in some ways it lives up to the cliches.  The characters can be shallow and they're ultimately not dynamic.  But the plot is fun, but lacked urgency.  I wasn't compelled to keep reading and find out what would happen to the characters.  I was also totally unsurprised by any of the outcomes or resolutions - it's pretty easy to guess from the beginning where things are headed.  That said, it's readable and all of the characters are likable.

Entertainment Value
Again, and for many reasons listed above, it's middle of the road.  I wasn't sucked in and unable to look away, but I did enjoy myself while reading.  It was lighthearted and easy and the reading went by quickly.  It's something you can easily finish in one to two sittings.

Overall
I really hate to say it, but my overall opinion is that this is going to fall into the category of "forgotten" books by the end of the year.  It's something that I read and enjoyed reading, but not something I'm going to be recommending left and right to all my friends.  I didn't hate it, I didn't love it, I have no strong feelings either way.  It's a decent beach read, but I think there's better out there.  If you're determined to try it, you won't be disappointed?  I feel like I'm damning it with faint praise, but there you have it.

Thank you to TLC for providing me with a copy to review.  Click here to see the full list of tour stops.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review. I do have this on my TBR list, but I think it may languish there for a while.

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  2. We'll see how it goes. This did really well thus far with the ratings on Amazon who I assume all had ARCs for the purpose of review. Currently, it is rated at 4.8 with 5 reviews at 5 star and 1 at 4 star.

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    1. Check out some of the other tour stops - I know several other bloggers on the tour really enjoyed it. I wish the author all the best, it just wasn't my favorite.

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  3. I'm glad you enjoyed it while reading it! Thanks for being on the tour!

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