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The Vintage Girl by Hester Browne

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List Price: £7.99


Paperback: 330 Pages.

Published: 13 February 2014 by Quercus

ISBN: 9781782065654

EAN: 9781782065654

When Evie Nicholson is asked to visit Kettlesheer Castle in Scotland to archive the family heirlooms, she jumps at the chance. Evie's passion for antiques means that, for her, the castle is a treasure trove of mysteries just waiting to be uncovered.

But in each heirloom lies a story, and in the course of her investigations Evie stumbles upon some long-buried family secrets. Add handsome, gloomy heir Robert McAndrew and a traditional candlelit gala to the mix, and Evie's heart is sent reeling with an enthusiasm that may just extend beyond the Kettlesheer silver...


4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Anne

Not particularly original but very enjoyable

This book is one of those easy and enjoyable reads that we all need occasionally. It's not particularly original (I detect quite a lot of Katie Fforde in the setting and the themes) but has plenty of warmth, humour and romance. The characters are sympathetic and believable enough - the author has cleverly avoided falling into caricature or stereotypes.

Evie works in an antique shop but has a weakness for tatty relics of the past, especially those related to people such as photographs or much loved teddy bears. Her employer asks her to go to Scotland to assist a family to turn some of their assets into cash and makes it clear that unless she can bring in the money her job will go. This gives the author lots of opportunities to bring in the cold and snow, the disadvantages of castles, Scottish dancing and the opportunity for our heroine to embarrass herself, some hunky Scottish men, family secrets, a hidden diary, and a race to save the heirlooms and the castle.

The plot flows along nicely and the reader becomes involved whilst being aware that everything will end up happily (this is a romance). I enjoyed the story and the characters and  recommend this as an easy and rather predictable read but one which is worth spending time with as it is very satisfying. I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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