Even though I’m not familiar with most of the buildings in New York City, Astor Place Vintage by Stephanie Lehmann was still a book that I could enjoy.
Amanda has a vintage clothing store and she loves connections to the past. Not the cheesy 70’s & 80’s past, in her opinion, but the REAL past, like 1900s, 1920s, etc. (My uncle just yelled at me in the comments, so let me clarify: THE CLOTHING of the 70’s and 80’s is cheesy, it’s Amanda’s opinion, and I can say that because I lived through more than half of the 80s and have the photos of me in awful clothes to prove it). As she is struggling with a bad economy and a relationship that has nowhere to go, Amanda stumbles upon the 100-year-old diary of Olive, a NYC transplant from the suburbs.
As Amanda reads Olive’s diary, she realizes that she has the power to make some necessary changes in her life. At the same time, Amanda discovers that many of the NYC locations she frequents have connections to Olive’s past.
This story is told from both Amanda and Olive’s perspectives, which is something that I always love, especially when done well!
Astor Place Vintage is a light, enjoyable read about two connected women 100 years apart, and one I highly recommend, whether you’re familiar with NYC or not.
This book takes place in NYC – have you been?