Read August 2012
Clothes, I want to SEE these clothes! This touching story is filled with descriptions of vintage clothes. The main character owns a vintage clothing shop and I want to shop there myself. The clothes sound just lovely.
My favorite part of this book is the characters. The characters are strong and yet flawed. Funny and quirky, yet filled with sadness. There are those you love and those you strongly dislike (shall we stay away from the word hate?).
The plot is fascinating as well. I was quickly drawn in to the mystery of both Phoebe and Mrs. Bell's past mistakes. They both have hidden the truth from others as well as partly from themselves. As the mystery unfolds, I am more and more interested in what is going to happen.
There is romance and heartbreak in this story as well. There are a couple of sex scenes that I could have done without. I don't think they were necessary to the story. I admit I am disappointed that they were there and that is why this story got 4 stars instead of more.
I read another review that said this would make a great movie. If enough beautiful, vintage clothes could be found, then I agree. I think it would be visually stunning. Just leave the sex scenes out.
Warnings: A few sex scenes, not long and not horribly graphic, but there nonetheless.
I would not let my 14 year old daughter read this book. I think it is more appropriate for an older teenager - adult because of the themes and the two sex scenes.