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Un amour vintage

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  10,854 ratings  ·  1,639 reviews
Phoebe Swift vient d'ouvrir une boutique de vêtements d'occasion à Blackheath.
Pour sur-monter sa tristesse due à la mort de sa meilleure amie Emma, elle se réfugie dans son métier: rendre à ces merveilleuses pièces vintage leur splendeur passée et leur offrir une nouvelle vie. Un jour, Phoebe rencontre Thérèse, une vieille dame française qui souhaite lui vendre quelques ta
Poche, 410 pages
Published June 2009 by JC Lattès (first published January 1st 2009)
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Mar 17, 2010 MB rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vintage fashion aficionados, & fans of Lisa Jewell, Katie Fforde, Trisha Ashley and Marian Keyes
Enjoyable! I wish there were pictures of the clothes.

FYI, this is light on the romance side but heavy on the story, which I think was a good thing in this case. (But if you're looking for chick lit heavy on the sexy side this is not it.) I liked the story and was (frankly) glad she wrote it that way...(I wasn't crazy about the men, anyway.)

Her books are harder to get in the U.S. but I recommend them if you can find them. They strike that nice balance between fluffy and somewhat substantive.

Very cute! I liked that it focused more on a storyline than just romance. As Tammi mentioned, this would make an adorable movie. I'd love to see all those beautiful dresses on film. This made me want to go vintage dress shopping ASAP!
Blodeuedd Finland

I have a hard time coming up with a genre for this one, reviews have said it's a lovely romantic comedy and she is described as writing chick-lit. But first there is no humor in this one, and yes it has romance but not any more than a normal book. It's not focused on the romance., and i don't want to call it chick-lit. Let's just call it a "normal" book with romantic tendencies. But the book is so much more than that, it's about friendship and loss, and there is a story about WWII that almost br
After the untimely death or her best friend Emma Kitts, Phoebe Swift decides to start over. She breaks off her engagement, quits her job, takes out a massive bank loan, and opens her own vintage clothing store, all while struggling to overcome her feelings of responsibility for Emma's death. The daily running of Village Vintage soon brings her in contact with many interesting people including:

Dan, a color-blind, spontaneous, film-buff and news reporter, who wants to open his own movie theater an
Aug 03, 2010 CLM rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to CLM by: Danielle
B&N Recommends:

Among B&N booksellers who helped choose the book, Amy Abst of Duluth, Minn., said, "I want to share it with my mother, my sisters, and my friends. And don't even get me started on the vintage clothes! Lovely!"

B&N said the book "tells the story of Phoebe Swift, a young Londoner whose decision to quit her job, break her engagement, and open a vintage clothing boutique strikes some as peculiar. 'I felt I needed a change,' Phoebe explains to an attractive journalist just b
Ce Ce
I am not going to rate this book with stars. I'm beginning to think this star business is dicey at best anyway. In reading this book I am reminded of the many gifts to be found between two covers. This is a book club read...and one I would not have selected. Two-thirds of the way through, having grumbled and grown impatient with the writing, much to my surprise I found tears spilling. It was dawning on me that this book was more than the words on the page and the romantic so many ways ...more
Mar 10, 2011 Autumn rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fasion lovers.
3.5 stars

This was one charming story! it worked for me in some aspects, alas didnt in other regards that i thought were fundamental for this kind of theme to make a "wow" effect.

Firstly let me start with the fact that Wolff did an amazing job showcasing the Vintage fashion from all its angles. She goes into great detail of the designers of this era and what lead them to success. She really represented them as a competitive art not as the frivolous passion society has the tendency to embrace. S
This well-written and moving book tells the story of the power of love and of friendship. Phoebe, struggling to overcome the loss of her best friend (and subsequently her fiance) uproots herself from the life she has known and follows her heart to start a business focused on her passion for vintage clothes. Therese is approaching the end of her life, and seeks to pass along her clothes and her stories, and to alleviate her guilt for an error committed long ago. These two stories intertwine in wa ...more
I have owned this one for a number of years and finally decided to take it down from the shelf.
It was EXCELLENT!!!! If you love fashion and vintage clothes, this one is for you. Phoebe Swift after working for an auction house decides to strike out on her own by opening Village Vintage. The shop immediately starts doing business.
Meanwhile Phoebe has broken up with a man whom she was engaged to be married but then her best friend who had also been interested in the same man dies. Phoebe blames her
I thoroughly enjoyed A Vintage Affair – from the moment I saw the cover I knew that it was going to be a book for me. I was fascinated by all the Vintage fashion and the author did a wonderful job showcasing it. The friendships that are formed as a result of Phoebe’s decision to pursue her passion of opening a Vintage shop are heartwarming and touching. I really enjoyed watching the interaction with all her customers and was especially endeared to Katie, a young girl trying her best to earn the ...more
Dale Harcombe
Three and a half stars. Feeling guilty over what she perceives as her part in her friend Emma’s death, Phoebe quits her job at Sotheby’s and opens her own business called Village Vintage, where she sells vintage clothes and accessories. Phoebe likes the idea that vintage clothes have a story and she finds plenty to interest here when she meets Therese Bell . Therese starts to tell her a story about her Jewish friend from World War, and a child’s sky blue coat which Therese refuses to part with. ...more
The story centers around a woman, Phoebe, who opens a vintage clothing store. She likes to think about the woman that owned a garment before her, what her life might have been like. When she encounters an elderly French woman who wishes to sell some of her garments, Phoebe finds a new friend with a story of her own. There is a connection between the two women in that each blames herself for circumstances beyond her control. The revelation of these circumstances to each other helps each woman to ...more
A Vintage Affair is a wonderfully written novel. I really didn’t want the book to end. Hearing Phoebe’s and Mrs. Bell’s story was sad but also very enjoyable. Their stories were eerily similar in the reasons why both felt so guilty. Isabel always managers to create such interesting back stories for her characters and both Phoebe’s and Therese’s were well crafted. Therese’s in particular must have taken a lot of research because it was very well explained.

I thought Phoebe was a brilliant characte
It was a fun, light read into the world of vintage clothes, a romance, family life, and even WWII German occupation of France and subsequent deportation of French Jews. Phoebe falls in love with her best friend's crush. It's love but of course, making this choice to follow through hurts her friendship. Through no real fault of her own, something tragic follows and Phoebe decides to change her life, to move forward and follow her dreams, while still holding onto guilt. She helps her mother go thr ...more
Although the details of the vintage clothing industry were interesting, I was frustrated by Phoebe's romance with a doting, rich, over-protective father of a teenage daughter. As she pursues the relationship Phoebe misses clue after clue that she will always play second fiddle in this triangle. Lucky for her there's a less attractive, more down-to-earth guy waiting in the wings ready to step in. But, for me, the interplay of both relationships feels contrived--and Phoebe seems much too smart to ...more
Loved it! Phoebe opens a vintage clothes shop and through it meets the fasinating Therese who has terrible regrets over her actions during WWII. This reflects Phoebe's own regrets about the death of her best friend. Loved the detail of the clothes and although Dan was written a bit "thinly" apart from his curly hair for my taste, I thought it was a great read.
This is one of those books that I liked...but didn't like aspects of it. The story was very good but so much time was spent on describing all of the clothes that it was very off-putting. Yes, I know the title was "A vintage Affair", but just too much on the clothes! I'm glad I stuck with it because I did enjoy the actual story of Phoebe and her life.
I really enjoyed the historical aspect of this book about vintage clothes. I did not realize it was a thriving business. On the downside, I don't think the author had much depth to her secondary characters-even though most played major parts in the book. Also-some parts of the book were too coincidental & convenient vs realistic.
No es que sea una maravilla de libro en cuanto a cómo está escrito, pero la historia es realmente preciosa, me ha gustado tanto que en apenas dos días me lo he ventilado.
Leslie Wilkins
Really fun book with some of my favorite elements: London, vintage clothing, friendship.
Goodreads Description- 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 Lauren
David Pimenta
Um Amor em Segunda Mão, estupidamente traduzido de A Vintage Affair, é o primeiro livro de Isabel Wolff traduzido em português (se não me engano) com boas críticas. Uma das primeiras atracções do leitor por um livro é a capa e mesmo este tendo uma capa bastante simples, acabou por captar a minha atenção e quando li o resumo da história sabia que tinha de consumir este livro. Satisfez-me bastante, foi ao encontro das minhas expectativas.
Phoebe Swift, especialista em história da moda, decide deixa
Two women from very different times and life circumstances are interwoven to tell the story of friendships had and then lost suddenly. It is through the shared interest in a small handmade coat that Phoebe and Therese find that their journeys are not so different and that overcoming guilt can be almost as difficult as the loss itself. In this beautifully illustrated story by Isabel Wolff we can begin to see just how important those small connections can be in moving forward and truly appreciatin ...more
Jul 08, 2009 Karen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those in need of chick lit with a brain!
Isabel Wolff is a real talent and “A Vintage Affair” is a witty, wonderfully woven story about a vintage boutique owner named Phoebe and other tangential tales that tug at one’s heartstrings. I loved the serendipitous quality of her writing. It’s clear that Wolff knows what women want to read, chick lit that doesn't insult their intelligence.

While reading her story I was inspired to consult several other sources on fashion, French, WW II, film, and travel. Many women are well read and hold one
Karla (Reads and Thoughts)
This is what I love about vintage clothes. I love their beautiful fabric and their fine finish. I love knowing that so much skill and artistry have gone into their making."


Spare me the beauty of its cover. Yes I've been behold by its beauty and I was really expecting something more from this one and I get not even half of my expectations to it and I'm pretty much not happy about it because I feel so unappreciative when I really don’t like something. And in my own defense, its not that I do
This is my first book by Ms. Wolff. I adore her writing style and felt connected to Phoebe from the first page. After a life changing trauma, Phoebe quits her job to open a vintage clothing store, her life-long dream, and that begins her journey that ultimately helps her recover from the trauma (don't want to give away any spoilers!). A newspaper article written by Dan opens many doors for her with the most compelling and heart wrenching one being Mrs. Bell. Mrs. Bell sells her vintage clothes t ...more
If you love all things vintage (movies, clothing, music, people) you’re sure to enjoy A VINTAGE AFFAIR by Isabel Wolfe. This book falls into my special category of “heartwarming but not quite chick-lit”. The story of Phoebe Swift a thirty-something year old who, following the death of her best friend Emma, decides to quit her lucrative job with Sotheby’s and open a shop specializing in vintage apparel is appealing on several levels. If Vogue is your bible then this book is a veritable who’s who ...more
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Cover Impressions: I really like this cover. The colors are muted but eye-catching. You get just enough of a feel for the setting of the book and I LOVE that the cupcake dresses are featured.

The Gist: Phoebe Swift has suffered a terrible loss. Riddled with guilt and regret, she removes every trace of her old life and sets up Village Vintage, a vintage clothing shop, in the hopes of burying herself so fully in her business that she doe
Para uma apaixonada por roupa como eu, apesar de não tender para o vintage como a toda a história do livro nos remete, este “um amor em segunda mão” não podia ter vindo mais a calhar. Um livro delicioso que vai contando a história de Phoebe e das pessoas que a rodeiam de uma forma que nos cativa desde logo dada a riqueza da personagem.
Ao comprar diversas roupas vintage Phoebe vai conhecendo as pessoas que as usaram e consequentemente as suas históriase partilha as suas também. Isso acontece com
Carolyn Hill
Though no fashionista, I am susceptible to the allure of beautiful things exquisitely made, especially with a history. So I was drawn into the world of Phoebe Swift, the proprietor of Village Vintage, a vintage clothing shop, in Blackheath, a suburban area of London (I looked it up). Phoebe is devastated by the death of her best friend, for which she blames herself and her fiance, and which causes their break-up. Phoebe's business distracts her from her painful memories, but while acquiring vint ...more
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Fashion Book Lovers!: A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff 6 29 Aug 12, 2010 10:48PM  
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Isabel Wolff's ten bestselling novels are published worldwide. 'Ghostwritten', set in present day Cornwall and on wartime Java, was published in the UK in March 2014 and will be published in the US in February 2015 as 'Shadows Over Paradise'. 'The Very Picture of You' was published in the UK and the US in October 2011. 'A Vintage Affair', was an 'Best of 2009' title and was shortliste ...more
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“What I really love about them... is the fact that they contain someone's personal history...I find myself wondering about their lives. I can never look at a garment... without thinking about the woman who owned it. How old was she? Did she work? Was she married? Was she happy?... I look at these exquisite shoes, and I imagine the woman who owned them rising out of them or kissing someone...I look at a little hat like this, I lift up the veil, and I try to imagine the face beneath it... When you buy a piece of vintage clothing you're not just buying the fabric and thread - you're buying a piece of someone's past.” 42 likes
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