Tuesday 20 May 2014
The Vintage Girl by Hester Browne
The Vintage Girl was a lot of fun to read. Hester Browne is a good writer and the story just flows from chapter to chapter, never feeling too short or too long. The pacing is perfect and the romance, whilst being rather predictable, builds up slowly and avoids the pitfall of insta-love. Evie herself is easy to relate to as a main character, particularly for someone like me, who also likes to live with her head in the clouds sometimes! Equally her love interest, Robert, isn't too perfect, and is shown to have a few flaws of his own.
The main tension in the narrative comes from the fact that Robert is expected to marry someone else, someone rich who can use their money to save Kettlesheer Castle from bankruptcy, and is already in a relationship with this person. But their relationship never felt believable enough to cause any real problems, and Browne made it too easy on Evie and Robert by making Catriona rather unlikeable, to the extent that it was hard to see why Robert was with her in the first place. Similarly, this problem was solved too easily later in the novel. I'm not expecting deep depression or anything like that in a novel like The Vintage Girl, but I would have liked the emotions of the situation explained a bit more.
I would recommend The Vintage Girl if you are after a fun, easy read with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure. It's not the best chick-lit novel I have ever read, but I certainly enjoyed it.
First Published: 2013
Score: 3.5 out of 5