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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
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Poche, 410 pages
Published June 2009 by JC Lattès (first published January 1st 2009)
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MB (What she read)
Mar 17, 2010 MB (What she read) rated it liked it  ·  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.

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Stephanie
Apr 10, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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
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Brittany
May 29, 2010 Brittany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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CLM
Feb 19, 2015 CLM rated it really liked it  ·  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
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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 genre...in so many ways ...more
Kathleen Dixon
I'm really not in the least bit interested in fashion. Once I accidentally bought a second-hand quirky skirt by a well-known Kiwi designer, and the women at work all noticed it and asked, "Is that a ... ...?" which surprised me. Yes, the label was still on it and yes, they were right, but none of them had seemed to me to be clothes-horses. But then, I'm so not a follower of fashion that I can't even identify those who are.

One would think, therefore, that this book would bore me. It didn't. It di
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Autumn
Mar 10, 2011 Autumn rated it liked it  ·  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
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Colleen
May 14, 2010 Colleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
Gaile
Sep 17, 2013 Gaile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, england
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
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Leah
Sep 16, 2009 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jan
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
J.H. Moncrieff
It's very difficult to rate this book. I sped through it, so I obviously enjoyed the subject matter and the writing. The voice was enjoyable.

However, a lot of the time I had no clue what it was supposed to be about. Was it a romance? Women's fiction about an independent woman opening her own business? A semi non-fiction tribute to vintage fashion and how wonderful it is? A slice-of-life story about a young woman's friendship with a dying senior?

It was all over the place, with so many disjointed
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AmyChristine
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.
Craftnut
Jan 14, 2015 Craftnut rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Rachel
Jan 05, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come as I had so many thoughts I don't want to rush through but this was a very special book. I got it on sale or maybe free a couple of yrs ago on nook but I buy them faster than I read and so I hadn't gotten to it sooner although I must say the lovely cover called to me many times. I think I expected fluff of some degree as I had never read this author. While the writing isn't THE most lyrical and a few times repeats the same word or phrase the overall story was wonderful and poignan ...more
Cindy
Oct 16, 2012 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dina
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
Deborah Martinez
This was a charming read! It is a well-written story, that tells the story of friendship and love. If you enjoy fashion, movies, and a good love story you will enjoy this book to the fullest. I don't know a lot about fashion, so I found myself using Google to look up the designers the author talked about in the book, to see the dresses they have designed. I even looked on Pinterest for Vintage dresses, shoes, and handbags! I now think how fun it would be to buy something vintage one day, if I co ...more
Fluffychick
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.
Pamela
Dec 13, 2014 Pamela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Pallavi
Apr 27, 2015 Pallavi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic read! A great story line and overall very well rounded. I agree with all...wish they would make a movie out of this one!
Paula
May 29, 2012 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 05, 2012 Leslie Wilkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really fun book with some of my favorite elements: London, vintage clothing, friendship.
Lori
Dec 27, 2015 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Gina
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
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David Pimenta
Sep 18, 2010 David Pimenta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars, contraponto
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
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Danielle
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
Karen
Jul 08, 2009 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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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.” 44 likes
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