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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  6,925 ratings  ·  981 reviews
A sparkling debut novel in the vein of The Friday Night Knitting Club, centered around a Midwestern vintage clothing shop and a group of women who eventually transform the store and each others' lives.

At Hourglass Vintage in Madison, Wisconsin, every item in the boutique has a story to tell . . . and so do the women who are drawn there.

Yellow Samsonite suitcase with ivory,
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by William Morrow (first published 2014)
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Beth Shorten I'd think there could be...with the store who knows who would pop in and characters old...this was such a sweet story, I'd love for a sequel…moreI'd think there could be...with the store who knows who would pop in and characters old...this was such a sweet story, I'd love for a sequel or something else!(less)

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Whitney Baine
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Vintage was a good and easy read from start to finish. It's the perfect vacation read- not too heavy, a bit cliche, and you could see the end coming from a mile away. But, nevertheless, it was a delightful and worthwhile read. My favorite part of the book was the various backgrounds that the characters came from. Despite different upbringings, we all share the common desire of wanting to love and be loved in return. There are three central characters in the book and each chapter revolves around ...more
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Great book from beginning to end with likeable characters and a great vintage boutique setting.
Rebecca L.
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Susan Gloss's debut novel is a beautifully written novel about the intricacies of women's lives at all different times in their lives. Gloss has a way with words that at once creates beautiful images and also soothes the reader. Her prose is flowing and graceful and full of the details that make a setting and characters come alive. Her three main characters, Violet, April and Amithi jump off the page and beg the reader to take an interest in their lives. Her cast of "back up" singers is equally ...more
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Susan Gloss

My " in a nutshell" summary...

A vintage store and some ladies with issues...that's the makeup of this book!

My thoughts after reading this book...

Violet loves old things...she finds them, collects them and sells them in her vintage shop.
Violet seems to also collect people...some good...some bad...she has a horrible ex husband, a lovely dog and a mismatched collection of friends. Basically she is happy in spite of being forced out of her lease, wanting a baby, and dealing with
 Readaholic Jenn
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a heart-warming story.
Jenn O'Brien
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. I enjoyed the concept of the vintage store. I loved that it was set in Madison and I knew all the locations and places the characters visited. I liked the interaction between the female characters and that they all had such varies histories. And the short inventory summaries were a clever way to start each chapter.

The problem is, I had such a hard time liking this book. The main character meets a guy from her hometown, they go see a fireworks show and then are
This audio did entertain me. The story was very "everyday." The author did make the characters seem to be real people. It took me awhile to pick-up this book, but it was a book worth reading. ...more
Lisa Alber
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read VINTAGE during a stressful time. During the day, I couldn't wait to get back to Susan Gloss's wonderful tale of three women who meet in a vintage clothing store. I'd climb into bed and sigh as I sank into Gloss's world of vintage clothes, women's friendships, and life transformations. There's Violet, the owner of Hourglass Vintage, who faces eviction and a life without what she most wants, a baby. There's April, the unwed pregnant teen with a gift for numbers. There's Amithi, who's just d ...more
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
3.5 stars

Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It is a good women’s fiction book. I would not consider this chick lit, as it has some pretty heavy issues. However, they are dealt with care, love, and enough lightness that you don’t get down while reading. There were also quite a few moments that had me giddy and smiling. Is it one I would consider reading again? I don’t think so. But it is one I would recommend.

Every now and then, I like reading stories that bring together different wome
Natalia Sylvester
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of Vintage. It's a wonderful, heartwarming story about women's friendships and how the beauty of the things we own comes from sharing them. Violet, who owns a vintage store in Madison, WI, loves listening to the stories of her customers and the vintage items they bring into the store, but she soon learns she may lose her store to developers who plan to take over the property. While she deals with her crisis, she befriends customers of the store who ...more
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book, reminded me of Rachel Hauck's , the Wedding Dress.. Violet Turner has fled rural Wisconsin from an alcoholic ex-husband and unsupportive family to the lively city of Madison where she has realized her dream of opening a vintage clothing store. Everything seems to be going well but then a situation puts her business in jeopardy. A pregnant teenage mother, whose wedding was abruptly cancelled, an Indian woman who had been selling beautiful scarves but now shares more, a o ...more
Heather Webb
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I spend a lot of time reading novels set in a turbulent past or those which race the clock and leave you breathless. In VINTAGE, I found a new variety of book to love--one that enfolds you in a tale of believable characters you grow to love and root for as they struggle to come to terms with the difficult times in their lives. What could be more poignant than lasting friendship? In my own life--not much, so I related well to these ladies--Amithi, Violet, and April. This novel is reminiscent of T ...more
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Vintage is a nice, easy read with likeable, interesting characters. I am not into vintage clothing but truly enjoyed the descriptions of the clothes and jewellery. This novel has many funny moments and sad ones too. Real characters with real life problems. Will there be a sequel? Would love to stay connected with these people.
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: light-reads
I enjoyed this book. Three women, each going through a crisis in their life, meet, befriend, and support each other through life’s difficulties.

The story is set in a vintage clothing shop that Violet owns, and each chapter starts with a description of one piece of merchandise that factors into that chapter. I loved all the details of the clothing and accessories in the shop, and how Violet followed her passion in her love of all things vintage. Now Violet fears she may lose everything she has w
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
I really wanted to like this. I love vintage items and thinking about what stories they could tell makes me happy. My favorite part was at the beginning of each chapter with a description of a vintage item. I really liked Violet, too. I could see myself being friends with her in real life. Now, if the story focused more on her I probably would have liked this book more than I did. Unfortunately, there was too much going on for such a short book (just over 300 pages). Possible spoilers so don't r ...more
I just finished Vintage by Susan Gloss and I really enjoyed it. The story centers around three main women: Violet Turner, who owns Hourglass Vintage clothing store; April Morgan, young teen-age pregnant girl; Amithi Singh, a woman looking for a new life after betrayal. All the main and sub characters are quirky but that was okay since it took place in a major university town where quirkiness is seen as everyday life. It seemed to mix with the atmosphere created by the author.

This was a quick and
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I took a chance on this book. So glad that I did. This book is a delightful treasure of a read! Violet would be happy that I called this book a treasure. I loved all three women in their own ways. The one thing that they all had in common is that they did not just sit around feeling sorry for themselves, they got up did things that empowered them as strong, independant women. Thus this is why I liked all the women a lot. Plus, each of their stories were good ones. The flow of the voices of each ...more
Dianna Schnabel
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. The writing is amateurish (too much 'telling' and not enough 'showing'), and the author tried to tackle too many characters, with too many big issues, all at once. Violet was the only character I felt was (almost) sufficiently fleshed out, while the other character's stories fell extremely flat. Honestly? I would love to see the author take a few writing classes and then turn Amithi's story into a novel by itself. Her storyline intrigued me, but there ju ...more
Total chick lit. A very sweet, not especially impressive story about the women who enter the vintage fashion shop and buy or sell its clothing, all of which bring its history into their lives in some way. Nice for those days when you want a relaxing, easy book you don't need to concentrate on. ...more
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sweet story about three damaged women and their shot at a second chance just like the items in Violet's Hourglass Vintage shop. Incorporating the vintage items described at the beginning of each chapter into the chapter itself was fun. ...more
Eileen Goudge
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book!

Loved it. The essence of comfort read. The lives of three women intertwine in a vintage clothing shop owned by one of them. Made me want to go there if it were a real shop. Highly recommended as a novel.
A sweet book about 3 women who become friends thanks to the Vintage shop that Violet owns. They all have their problems in life and love.

I loved the chapter headings with vintage things that Violet had in her store and the stories behind them and how they related to the people she got them from and also how they related to the chapter.

I will definitely read her newest one coming out in 2019.
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: chic-lit
"I've learned from her that a pretty thing isn't worth much of you can't share it with anyone. It's just a thing. Only when you let others enjoy it, too, does it become truly beautiful." This is a simple truth that Violet, owner of Hourglass Vintage, in Madison, Wisconsin lives by. Every person that walks through her door has a story to share: April, the unwed eighteen year old who returns her wedding dress, Amithi, a strong woman who realizes that her life is not fine like she thought, and Lan ...more
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
HarperCollins Publishers|March 17, 2014|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-0-227032-0
At Hourglass Vintage in Madison, Wisconsin, every item in the boutique has a story to tell...and so do the women whose lives the store touches.
Yellow Samsonite suitcase with ivory, quilted lining, 1950s
A small-town girl with a flair for fashion, Violet Turner had always dreamed of owning a shop like Hourglass Vintage. But while she values the personal history behind each beautiful item she sells, Violet is running f
Feb 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Excited - just notified that I won this on the GoodReads giveaway program. Waiting excitedly because I am very into vintage these days.

This is a solid debut novel about a group of women dealing with life transitions - death, life, birth, divorce, marriage - and vintage clothes - in Madison Wisconsin. I would have liked even more about Madison - although I've never been there I know several people who have lived/gone to school there and I envision it as being very like Boulder CO. I think if ther
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
If this novel were a movie (as it is, it's pretty cinematic book), the central set would be The Hourglass, the main character's vintage shop on a main street of Madison, Wisconson, inside which the characters congregate, and around which much of the plot revolves.

Vintage passes the Bechdel test with flying colors, which was a somewhat unexpected perk for me after picking up what appeared to be a very romance-oriented novel (the front cover features a wedding dress, after all). The four main char
Janie  R.
Love all things vintage,esp. vintage photos,it always makes me wonder what story there is behind the photo. And so it was in this book, the main character owned a vintage shop. I loved reading about all the treasures she had in her store.and What was very interesting was at the beginning of each chapter, the author would put in an insert of who brought in such item,etc.and it then proceeded with the character's story of that item. This story has three other characters, who would bring in to sell ...more
I was charmed by this book and wanted to go to Violet's shop to peruse all her wonderful treasures. Violet opened her shop, Hourglass Vintage, after divorcing her deadbeat husband. Her customers quickly become her friends. When she agrees to take on April as an intern, Violet comes to care for April deeply. April is a pregnant teen, alone after her boyfriend's family sabotages their relationship. Each chapter is centered upon a vintage find brought into Violet's shop. You meet Amithi and sympath ...more
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was very fortunate to read a galley copy of this book. I loved the characters and the setting of Madison, WI. Madison is a university town with wonderful vintage shops, a farmer's market on the square, restaurants with locally grown foods, and creative people. This book appeals to all ages. It has the "just right" amount of tension and difficulties along with the happy everyday occurrences of life. I love to read a book in which I feel that I am connected with the characters & I feel a part of ...more
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved the beginning of each chapter where Ms. Gloss describes one article in the main characters collection of vintage articles. She includes 1960's items as "vintage," when I was in high school, and that opened my mind to rethinking my past clothes and other memorabilia that I still have from the 60's. The story was lovely as well, and very positive. One needs that now and then! Really enjoyed the book. ...more
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Susan Gloss is the author of the novels VINTAGE and THE CURIOSITIES. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she majored in English and Spanish, and the University of Wisconsin Law School. She lives with her family in Madison, Wisconsin.

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