Waiting on Wednesday (Mar 24)!

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. (No WWW Wednesday for me this week, too time-consuming, and I’m still reading Forever anyway!)

This week, I found A Vintage Affair, by Isabel Wolff. It’s different than what I usually go for, but I like the usage of clothes as something more than label-dropping–as an integral part of the plot.

The description, via LibraryThing:

Every dress has a history. And so does every woman.

In Isabel Wolff’s captivating A Vintage Affair, a treasured child’s coat becomes a thread of hope connecting two very different women.

Her friends are stunned when Phoebe Swift abruptly leaves a plum job at the prestigious Sotheby’s auction house to open her own vintage clothing shop in London—but to Phoebe, it’s the fulfillment of a dream. In the sunlight-flooded interior of Village Vintage, surrounded by Yves Saint Laurent silk scarves, Vivienne Westwood bustle skirts, cupcake dresses, and satin gowns, Phoebe hopes to make her store the hot new place to shop, even as she deals with two ardent suitors, her increasingly difficult mother, and a secret from her past that casts a shadow over her new venture.

For Phoebe, each vintage garment carries its own precious history. Digging for finds in attics and wardrobes, Phoebe is rewarded whenever she finds something truly unique, for she knows that when you buy a piece of vintage clothing, you’re not just buying fabric and thread—you’re buying a piece of someone’s past. But one particular article of clothing will soon unexpectedly change her life.

Thérèse Bell, an elderly Frenchwoman, has an impressive clothing collection. But among the array of smart suits and couture gowns, Phoebe finds a child’s sky-blue coat—an item with which Bell is stubbornly reluctant to part. As the two women become friends, Phoebe will learn the tale of that little blue coat. And she will discover an astonishing connection between herself and Thérèse Bell—one that will help her heal the pain of her own past and allow her to love again.

A Vintage Affair comes out on June 22, 2010 (but looks like it’s already been released on the Kindle!). What’s your Waiting on Wednesday pick this week?

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11 Responses to “Waiting on Wednesday (Mar 24)!”


  1. 1 Jan @ Eating Y.A. Books March 24, 2010 at 8:20 am

    I think the premise of this is quite interesting. Love the setting too. Sounds like a great pick.

  2. 3 Alayne March 24, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Fabulous pick, I love the sound of this one and the cover is wonderful. Thanks for visiting The Crowded Leaf.

  3. 4 nomadreader March 24, 2010 at 8:37 am

    This one does look good. I really like the cover too, even though shoes and dresses don’t necessarily draw me in. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

  4. 5 laurelrainsnow March 24, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Oh, this sounds like a fun book! I love vintage things, and to explore histories behind the garments…intriguing.

    Here’s mine:

    http://chezraine.wordpress.com/2010/03/24/waiting-on-wednesday-2/

  5. 6 Mary March 24, 2010 at 9:12 am

    It sounds good, I hope you get to read/review it!

  6. 7 Lori @ Escape Between The Pages March 24, 2010 at 10:28 am

    I hope that one you get your book, that you enjoy it. Here’s mine.

  7. 8 Colleen March 24, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    This one sounds good! I love books set in London.

  8. 9 Inthehammockblog March 24, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Oooh, this one looks awesome!!! Thanks for sharing!

  9. 10 Ladybug March 24, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    I love the sound of this one! Great choice :)

  10. 11 Jennifer G. March 29, 2010 at 8:11 am

    I am not a big clothes shopper, but I love to look at vintage clothes. This sounds fantastic! I love the cover too! Thanks for stopping by my WOW last week.


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