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Publisher Description

“A captivating story about the power of friendship . . . More than a novel, it is a recipe for happiness.”—Anne Fortier, New York Times bestselling author of Juliet

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

Phoebe Swift’s friends are stunned when she abruptly leaves a plum job to open her own vintage clothing shop in London—but to Phoebe, it’s the fulfillment of a dream, and her passion. Digging for finds in attics and wardrobes, Phoebe 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 elegant suits and couture gowns, Phoebe finds a child’s sky-blue coat—an item with which Mrs. Bell is stubbornly reluctant to part. As the two women become friends, Phoebe will learn the poignant 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.

BONUS: This edition contains an A Vintage Affair discussion guide and an excerpt from Isabel Wolff's The Very Picture of You.

“Romantic and sumptuous, this is a must for fans of vintage dresses and vintage romance.”—Hester Browne, author of The Little Lady Agency

“This colorful new novel has something for everyone. There is mystery, romance, great characters, as well as London and France.”Naples Daily News

“Deftly blends past and present, romance and mystery, and a theme of forgiveness and redemption.”—Mary Kincaid, HuffPost

Fiction & Literature
June 29
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

CCRusch ,

Elegant, vivid, two thumbs up

I'm still in the middle of it, & so far the story is a great read. I can't seem to put the story down. It really draws an image when the character talks about each vintage piece. I really like how it's a story within a story. However, and I don't know if this is some glitch or weird thing, but there are lots of misspelled words and words that are missing letters. I can get over that set back, but when you're immersed in the words and come across a misspelled word, well, it's a little distracting. Like I said though the story is beautiful. I almost wish I could see her store and try one of those "cupcake" dresses.

babygirlbleu ,

Ultimate favorite book.

This book has a special place in my heart. I think about this book to this day. I read it when I was in my early teenaged years- surprisingly I understood it all- and it just opened my eyes to a lot of things in life. Especially the little things. This is my favorite author and book. HIGH RECOMMEND.

Janetsteiner ,

A Vintage Affair

Loved this book, excellent story with interesting subplots. Not at cheesie.

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