Published: 28th September 2017 (Bookouture)
The fairy lights are up and shoppers are flooding the snowy seaside promenade. It’s going to be a busy month at Forget-Me-Not Vintage, a magical shop with a warm heart where every item has a story to be told.
With bright red hair and an infectious smile, Dodie is a hopeless romantic and absolutely one of a kind, just like the pieces in her shop.
When Dodie finds a love letter in the pocket of an old woollen coat, she makes it her mission to deliver it to its rightful owner. Following the address, she manages to persuade the handsome but reluctant new tenant, Edward, to help her with her search.
As the story of the letter unfolds, Dodie is there, as always, to pick up the pieces and make things right. But who will be there for her when her own love story needs a helping hand?
Is it too much to dream of a happy ending like the ones in the black and white movies she adores?
If you’re looking for a sweep-you-off-your-feet romance that will warm you through and through then the door to Forget-Me-Not Vintage is always open. Perfect for fans of Jane Linfoot, Debbie Johnson and Jenny Colgan.
A Very Vintage Christmas is the first book in the An Unforgettable Christmas series followed by A Cosy Candlelit Christmas. Whilst I enjoyed both books in the series, A Very Vintage Christmas was definitely my favourite as I related to Dodie from the start – she is a very likeable character, the sort of person you would want as your best friend in real life!
A Very Vintage Christmas introduces us to Dodie, a young woman who is pursuing her dream of owning a vintage shop – her passion is everything vintage so is thrilled to be running a vintage based business. There are two stories running parallel; first up is Dodie’s love life. She has a relatively long distance relationship with Ryan and they are struggling to see each other as much as they would like due to their work commitments and the distance although Dodie seems a bit confused as to whether there is any longevity in their relationship….and that is before she meets the lovely Edward.
The other story (arguably the main story) commences when Dodie is checking through her latest haul of items and she comes across an old letter from a gentleman seemingly to the love of his life in the pocket of a beautiful coat. However Dodie has very little contact details to go from but is determined to return the letter to its rightful owner.
There are some wonderful characters in this book; we have Isla, Dodie’s best friend who is always there in times of crisis (generally with a Chinese – my type of friend 🙂 !!) who we learn more about in A Cosy Candlelit Christmas. A regular visitor to Dodie’s shop is her eccentric gran who adds more than just a touch of humour to the book.
Dodie’s compassionate side really comes out through her interactions with Nick who is living on the streets, she often purchases too much hot food so she can drop some off to him. There is a real warmth to this friendship which is built upon mutual respect.
I can’t actually articulate how much I loved this book, the scenes in it are beautiful and the backdrop of Christmas makes it all the more beautiful….also I fell a bit in love with Edward myself, he’s such a wonderful character – a true authentic gentleman.
This is a beautifully written, heartwarming story which is perfect for the festive season – this book is best read all cosy on a chilly day with a hot chocolate…a heavenly combination!
Highly recommended – A Very Vintage Christmas is a must read book for the festive season!
Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing. She wrote a novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.
Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. In 2016 she signed to the hugely successful Bookouture and is currently working on her tenth Tilly Tennant novel. She also writes as Sharon Sant, where she explores the darker side of life, and Poppy Galbraith, where things get a little crazier.