BBB Book Review - The Vintage Girl

Monday, 5 May 2014

There has to be a a level of irony that I'm writing about a book called The Vintage Girl, and that I've photographed it on my Ipad (although accompanied by my gorgeous collection of vintage suitcases!)

I'd seen The Vintage Girl by Hester Browne in my local Tesco. I was instantly drawn to the title and the cover, which reminded me of my own little shoe and suitcase set up in my bedroom. The blurb kinda had me too, but at £3 on a bit of a whim, as Chick Lit is not my usual chosen genre, it was an expense that I just couldn't afford at that time. I mentally added it to my list of books to look out for in the charity shop.

"When Evie Nicholson is asked to visit Kettlesheer Castle in Scotland to archive the family heirlooms, she jumps at the chance. Evie's passion for antiques means that, for her, the castle is a treasure trove of mysteries just waiting to be uncovered.

But in each heirloom lies a story, and in the course of her investigations Evie stumbles upon some long-buried family secrets. Add handsome, gloomy heir Robert McAndrew and a traditional candlelit gala to the mix and Evie's heart is sent reeling with an enthusiasm that may just extend beyond the Kettlesheer silver..."

Considering we both have strong Scottish ties, and it is therefore a key theme in our wedding, a few days later the concept of this book had still stayed with me. When my Mum mentioned it to me, having seen it and thinking it sounded right up my little vintage tartan-clad street, I knew I had to try it out. Luckily I was savvy enough to download a free sample to my e-reader. Fifteen minutes later and I had whipped through the sample and was eager for more. Against my usual policy of  'Kindle for holidays' I downloaded the full book - as it was only 56p!! Bargain!!

Clearly, after all this build up, I liked this book. Its typical Chick-Lit fare and the ending is pretty much a foregone conclusion from the first few pages, but I enjoyed the descriptions particularly of the Scottish reels and the heritage and tradition. It has its funny moments and its sweet moments, and Evie is a likeable heroine. It isn't going to tax your brain or going to be one of those books you think about for hours afterwards, but it will give you a nice warm fuzzy feeling, and an odd craving for Hot Toddy.

I will certainly be looking out for other books by Hester Browne, when a Chick-Lit urges hits me again in the future, (usually when I'm lying somewhere hot on a beach!) and if you fancy giving The Vintage Girl a try, it's still on sale in the Amazon Kindle shop at the bonkers price of 56p!

1 comment :

  1. I picked up this book in WHSmiths a few months ago, read the back and thought 'I must remember this', before going home and promptly forgetting the title. I've been trying to track it down for a while - thank you!


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