VINTAGE is a treasure of a read. It is a charming book
celebrating the beauty of vintage items, friendships,
believing in yourself, and always following your dreams.
Violet Turner owns the Hourglass Vintage store in Madison,
Wisconsin, the fruition of her dreams. A process server
just broke her heart and put her dreams on hold.
She meets April Morgan, 18, who would like a refund on a
wedding gown she bought there and thinks she will never
There are no returns at the Hourglass Vintage but an
unexpected bond between April and Violet is forged when
pregnant, alone, and unemployed, April is offered a job as
an intern at the vintage store. No pay but credit for a
college course she would love to obtain.
Another customer is Amithi Singh, betrayed by her husband
and parenting a daughter who rejects her mother's
traditional ways, is at a crossroads in her life. She
brings in colorful saris, scarves and jewelry that she no
longer wants and befriends Violet and April. While trying
to deal with the discovery that her husband has been
unfaithful for many years, she is desperately seeking to
find something new to do with her future that will reward
her. She finds an outlet for her skills with a needle and
thread, along with friendships with Violet and April.
Three strong women, each facing+ some of life's
difficulties, whether it be betrayal, unplanned pregnancy,
eviction from her cherished business, they bond together,
help each other and become friends. A melding of vintage
items and the pursuits of a multi-generational group of
women are realistically intertwined in a touching,
and sweet way. You will be turning pages quickly to get
the ending which will warm your hearts and make you smile.
What a cleaver way to open each chapter with an inventory
item introduced and worked into the story in the pages
follow. Susan Gloss's writing style was delightful and I
eagerly await her next book, perhaps a sequel to VINTAGE?
In the book's dedication to her grandmother, "who taught
every seam has a story", I will eagerly await your next
story. Vintage things are my passion and I am surrounded
them in my life and our home. I look for more here, there
and everywhere I travel in this wonderful world, so you
understand why VINTAGE stole my heart.
Vintage is Susan Glossâ€™s sparkling debut novel in the Vein
of The Friday Night Knitting Club, centered around a
Midwestern vintage clothing shop and a group of women who
eventually transform the store and each othersâ€™ lives.
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
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
let her give up on her dreams.
Betrayed by her husband, Amithi Singh begins selling off
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
An engaging story that beautifully captures the essence of
womenâ€™s friendship and love, Vintage is a charming tale of
possibility, of finding renewal and hope when we least