I don’t understand people who do not like to read. What is better than losing yourself in a good book? Turning the pages and experiencing the highs and lows of a character you care about? Being transported to another time and place? Reading has always been a source of comfort, joy, peace for me. I love getting lost in a good book. Thankfully there are many authors who write wonderful books! When I find an author I like, I want to immediately reach out and let them know they have touched my life.
I just finished reading Astor Place Vintage by Stephanie Lehmann and I loved it. Combining my two favorites- New York City and fashion, I was actually mourning the end of the book.
Here are the details-
Amanda Rosenbloom owns a second hand shop in Manhatten where she consigns all kinds of clothing. She’s called the house of elderly Jane Kelly to purchase some clothing for resale. Amanda discovers a journal tucked inside one of the articles of clothing and begins to read it. It is the story of Olive Westcott in 1907. She’s a young woman in New York City who wants to become a buyer at a department store. Olive’s father has died, leaving her penniless and she must summond all of her wits and strength and find a home and work. Not easy when a single woman in 1907 isn’t given much respect.
Amanda’s story of trying to maintain her rocky relationship with a married man and hold on to her store when she gets notice of an eviction, is played against Olive’s own struggles. Its written so well, I was anxious to get to the end of the book so I could see how the two women’s stories tied together.
Throughout the book, there are photos of New York City in the early 1900’s and the website for the book also features some cool vintage pictures. I liked both women but I found that I really enjoyed imagining young Olive’s life during this time!