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Posted June 21, 2013
Even though I¿m not familiar with most of the buildings in New Y
Even though I’m not familiar with most of the buildings in New York City, Astor Place Vintage by Stephanie Lehmann was still a book that I could enjoy.
Amanda has a vintage clothing store and she loves connections to the past. Not the cheesy 70’s & 80’s past, but the REAL past, like 1900s, 1920s, etc. As she is struggling with a bad economy and a relationship that has nowhere to go, Amanda stumbles upon the 100-year-old diary of Olive, a NYC transplant from the suburbs.
As Amanda reads Olive’s diary, she realizes that she has the power to make some necessary changes in her life. At the same time, Amanda discovers that many of the NYC locations she frequents have connections to Olive’s past.
This story is told from both Amanda and Olive’s perspectives, which is something that I always love, especially when done well!
Astor Place Vintage is a light, enjoyable read about two connected women 100 years apart, and one I highly recommend, whether you’re familiar with NYC or not.
Thank you to my friend @ Touchstone Books for this copy of one of her new favorites!
This book takes place in NYC – have you been?
Thanks for reading,
Rebecca @ Love at First Book
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Posted November 30, 2013
Posted October 16, 2013
Astor Place Vintage arrived in my mailbox at just the right time
Astor Place Vintage arrived in my mailbox at just the right time. I was wanting to read something light and fun, but not mindless. A mix of chick lit and historical fiction, this book fit the bill.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The story is told in alternating perspectives by two women living in New York City 100 years apart—Olive, age 20 in 1907, and Amanda, age 39 in 2007.
Amanda drove me nuts. I found her a little shallow and completely juvenile. Plus, she's been having an affair with a married man for years, and the only remorse she ever seems to feel has only to do with what she has lost. Well, boo-hoo! I can't count the number of times I rolled my eyes at her. I didn't feel sympathetic toward her character at all, but I also didn't mind watching the train wreck.
But Olive... Olive was a fantastic character! I loved watching her change, become empowered, break away from societal expectations. In a sense, this is Olive's coming-of-age story. I was surprised by how inhibited women of her time and her social class were, by how taboo it was to discuss very normal things that take place in a woman's life. I also didn't realize single women had so much trouble finding a respectable place to live; apparently being unmarried was frowned upon.
Astor Place Vintage has a satisfying conclusion, and overall is an engaging read. There are even turn-of-the-century photographs of New York City interspersed throughout. This book is perfect for vacations, the beach... anytime you want something undemanding yet not frivolous.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.