The Black Velvet Coat: A Novel

The Black Velvet Coat: A Novel

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by Jill G. Hall
     
 

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Twenty-eight-year-old struggling San Francisco artist Anne McFarland is determined to get a one-woman show, even though no one, including herself, believes she can do it. But when she buys a coat at a thrift shop with a key in its pocket, strange, even magical, occurrences begin to unfold, and she is inspired to create her best work ever.

Fifty years earlier,

Overview

Twenty-eight-year-old struggling San Francisco artist Anne McFarland is determined to get a one-woman show, even though no one, including herself, believes she can do it. But when she buys a coat at a thrift shop with a key in its pocket, strange, even magical, occurrences begin to unfold, and she is inspired to create her best work ever.

Fifty years earlier, it’s 1963, and the coat’s original owner, young heiress Sylvia Van Dam, is headed toward a disastrous marriage with a scoundrel. In a split-second reaction she does the unimaginable, which propels her on a trip of self-discovery to nature-filled Northern Arizona. When Anne and Sylvia’s lives intersect, they are both forced to face their fears―and, in the process, realize their true potential.

Editorial Reviews

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“In Jill G. Hall’s lovely debut novel, a vintage coat and the brass key discovered in its pocket provide the foundation for the alternating stories of two women from different eras. As we read, we follow Anne and Sylvia as they navigate love and loss, heartbreak, and triumph. The Black Velvet Coat is an absolute delight.”

—Midge Raymond, author of Forgetting English

“Jill G. Hall creates a novel with two unforgettable characters whose lives, though generations apart, are inexplicably intertwined, which gives you the qualities you want in a great story—mystery, suspense, and romance.”

—Judy Reeves, author of Wild Women, Wild Voices

The Black Velvet Coat is a story about fate and friendship and love. These characters will break your heart in all the best ways.”

—T. Greenwood, author of Two Rivers, Bodies of Water, and The Forever Bridge

“Jill G. Hall’s book is a real page-turner! Artists everywhere will especially enjoy reading about the artistic process and the inspiration behind creating new work.”

—Jane LaFazio, mixed media artist and feature writer for Cloth, Paper, Scissors and Quilting Arts magazines

“Readers looking for a simple story will find charming elements in this blend of mystery and historical fiction.”

Library Journal

“Spellbinding. Readers will feel they are watching an Alfred Hitchcock movie as they turn the pages of this vivid, fast-paced novel about how uncovering the past can lead to discovering oneself. You’ll never look at vintage clothes quite the same way again.”

—Jennifer Coburn, author of We’ll Always Have Paris

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781631520099
Publisher:
She Writes Press
Publication date:
10/06/2015
Pages:
338
Sales rank:
464,712
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Jill G. Hall facilitates creativity groups for artists of all types and curates exhibitions at Inspirations Gallery, NTC at Liberty Station. Her poems have been published in A Year in Ink, Wild Women, Wild Voices, City Works Press, Serving House Journal, and The Avocet. She resides in San Diego with her husband, Jerry, and beagle-bassett, Lucy. Learn more at www.jillghall.com.

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The Black Velvet Coat: A Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Great story. Keeps you involved... really good read...
Anonymous 3 months ago
I loved this book. It held my interest throughout, and I looked forward to reading it every night at bed time!
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Anonymous 5 months ago
Throughly enjoyed this novel. Love how it all came together. The characters are so well defined and multifaceted. Highly recommended.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings With two women characters taking their turns telling their story with a coat connecting them. A modern San Francisco artist is barely making ends meet and finds a beautiful coat in a thrift shop and she has to make it a part of her wardrobe. Once she finds out the previous owner - a former heiress she is inspired to create new art. The heiress is the other character and her story weaves in and out of Anne's as the reader finds out what happened to her. The one thing that I would have loved to change were the short chapters, they felt very choppy and it went back and forth from Anne and Sylvia too fast as soon as the chapter was starting too get good it switched to the other, I would have loved if more chapters for each character had been grouped together.