VintageHC-C-1-e1386603710842Reviewed by Kathie Smith

Vintage by Susan Gloss is a heartwarming story of three very different women who find common ground among the treasures of Violet’s vintage clothing store, Hourglass Vintage. Violet’s interest in the history behind the items in her store is what fostered the bond between her, April and Amithi.

After a rough start with a bad marriage, Violet took a chance by taking college courses then moving to the city to open a vintage clothing store. She is happy with her life and, put off by prior experience, content without a man in her life to complicate things. She is following her dream and enjoying her freedom.

April enters the picture in a whirlwind of tears and hormones with the intention of returning her wedding gown. Violet has a firm “no returns” policy but begins to reconsider as she learns more about April’s circumstances. Young and unexpectedly pregnant, she is trying to cope with the surprise cancellation of her wedding to the father and his move out of town. She is also grieving the loss of her mother while shouldering the full responsibility of sorting through her mother’s things and preparing the house for sale.

Amithi arrives at Hourglass Vintage to sell a few of her beautiful, traditional clothing from India. She has also recently found the rug pulled from under her feet and is struggling to come to terms with the fact that she was betrayed by her husband. She finds herself finally trying to find her American footing as she rethinks her traditional views of marriage and her place in the world. A large part of her transformation includes letting go of some of her treasured scarves and saris so she finds herself drawn back to Violet’s store more and more.

Violet is shocked by the sudden news that her store, which is also her home that she has been renting, is being put up for sale. Soon. She will lose her dream unless she can come up with money to buy the building. Already subconsciously connected by lives that have taken a drastic turn based on the men in their lives, the three women collaborate on a plan to save Hourglass Vintage.

Gloss has created realistic, well developed characters. Vintage is a true read that will charm and warm the hearts of its readers.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Kathie is a writer, wife, mother and volunteer living in the beautiful Appalachian mountains. Her passion for the written word is fulfilled by creating her own fictional work, freelancing, acting as an adviser to another author, and reading with her six year old daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.