Jane Linfoot is solidly planted in my ‘authors to watch’ list and she returns to the rotation with a quintessential chick lit story, making the choice to read it, one of the best I’ve made in the past years.
The Vintage Cinema Club
I’m used to Linfoot’s use of humor and characterization that build and develop a romance theme, but this broadening of her scope: three main characters, a common goal, vintage items, forays into romance for all three characters and the use of multiple points of view to move the story forward was a delightful read and one of my favorites this year.
Izzy, Luce and Dida have opened a multi-vendor vintage-inspired shop in a disused cinema building in the Derbyshire Dales. With Dida’s husband Aidie putting the up for sale, the women are struggling to find a way not to lose their space or the connections they have. More than ‘just’ a space, the VCC has become all-consuming for these women: it’s their social outlet, their support system and the only source of income for Izzy and Luce.
Each of our three characters is given their own voice, point of view and challenges above and beyond the possibility of losing the storefront. Dida worries that she’s traded financial security for independence and happiness, and her involvement in the VCC has brought her oodles of personally fulfilling opportunities as her marriage is disintegrating beyond its already fractured state. Luce is a single mum, pining over her best friend Izzy’s brother who left because of her own fear of commitment. And Izzy: working herself to death or exhaustion to avoid thinking about the past or her own issues: Izzy refuses to allow thoughts of love or a man enter her head.
These three diverse yet engaging characters all find something more in the struggle to discover an answer to keeping the VCC open. Each character interacts with the others, and then has their own moments to share their perspectives, fears and secrets with us: bringing them life, breath and breadth as the story progresses. With descriptions of gorgeous dresses, French castoffs, rehabbed reclaimed items and pieces that bring life to a vignette, the visual input enhances the joy. Opening the lives of Dida, Luce and Izzy to new possibilities, and in their struggles to find a way to save their space and not lose their market each woman finds that their possibilities are only limited by their own willingness to let go of the past and move forward.
The Vintage Cinema Club by Jane Lightfoot is the BEST choice you could make for a pick-you up read this summer. With plenty of heart and heat, and a touch of drama to push you to the last pages, I can’t recommend this book or author highly enough.
Title: The Vintage Cinema Club
Author: Jane Linfoot
Published by: Harper Collins UK, Harper Impulse
Published on: 24 May, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Meet The Vintage Cinema Club….
Izzy is a wow at making unwanted things pretty, but with three brothers and her shabby chic furniture business to run she doesn’t have time to date. Could a fabulous French proposal change her mind?
Single mum Luce’s vintage bridal dresses are exquisite, but there’s no way she’s ever going to wear one or walk down the aisle for that matter. She’s a strictly no romance, one night kind of woman – or so she thinks…
Dida seems to have it all – a chocolate and banana cake recipe to die for, lovely kids (most of the time!) and a great lifestyle. But what good is a fabulous home, when your marriage has more cracks than a pavlova and your husband is having it off with half of Lithuania?
Three retro fabulous friends, in love with all things vintage, run their dream business from the faded grandeur of a rescued cinema. When that dream comes under threat, they’ll do whatever it takes to save it.
Fans of Lucy Diamond, Michele Gorman and Milly Johnson are going to love this heartfelt, funny story.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.