A Very Vintage Christmasby Tilly Tennant

Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published September 28th 2017 by Bookouture
4 Stars

Synopsis: 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?

My Review: Although this book has Christmas in the title, it is not so much about Christmas, it just takes place at that time of the year. Having said that, I really enjoyed this book. It was just what I wanted curled up in a chair on a crisp evening. Tilly Tennant kept me turning the pages to see what was going to happen in Dodie’s life.

This book is about a young woman, Dodie, who runs her own vintage shop, after moving closer to her gran when her grandad dies. While unpacking a box she purchased by auction, she discovers a really old letter from George to the love of his life, Margaret V. in the pocket of a vintage coat. The story follows the impact of discovering this letter on Dodie and those around her. Will she find the letter writer or the intended recipient? How does one go about this search? How does this impact Dodie? This book answers these questions and more.

What I loved about this book is that it wasn’t just a romance. I adore Christmas books, but as the years go on, it seems increasingly difficult to find Christmas books that aren’t just romances set in December. I read Christmas books for the magic, compassion, charity, hope, friendship, family, festive cheer, perhaps a little mulled wine, and I’m pleased to say this book had all of those things. Yes, this is a romance, but it is also so much more than that.

There were several things I liked about this book. First of all Dodie, the main character. She was a caring, fun, eccentric and alive character that I would love to be friends with. She was also a bit of a feminist in that she did not like being referred to as “babe” and wanted to be independent. It took her awhile to get a backbone in some situations, but she does do it. I also liked that this was not just a romance. It was a book about life, being yourself, helping others, being loyal, helpful and standing up for yourself. There is an underlying message about mental health and PTSD that is subtle but is a great message that needs to get out there without being preachy. Then there are the other characters that make this book both funny and serious. Dodie’s gran is an eccentric older woman that wants to live life to the fullest. She made me laugh when I read about all the things she tried, as well as her interactions with her granddaughter. I loved Dodie’s grandma. What a fun character she was. She did make me giggle. I also loved Nick, the homeless man too. There really were some great characters in this book. Isla, Dodie’s best friend was so different from her, but they were there for each other when it was needed. I hope we read more about her in future books. Ed, the male character who was dealing with so many issues, helped Dodie to see how special she really was. All great characters that added to the story.

A Very Vintage Christmas pulled me along on a wonderful ride. I felt a gamut of emotions while reading this book. Again, this is a wonderful story that is more than just a romantic Christmas story. Pick it up, I am sure you will enjoy it. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.