Dodie is living her dream, she likes all things vintage both in fashion and outlook and she is running a boutique that sells vintage clothes in the seaside town of Bournemouth.
When going through some clothes, she discovers the most beautiful green coat and it has a letter contained within.
The letter is about a romance back during the Second World War and Dodie is determined to have the letter returned to the people it was either intended for or at least their close relatives.
Whilst trying to discover the true story behind the letter, Dodie is having to deal with a boyfriend who seems rather reluctant to understand what Dodie is really like. A grandmother who has more energy and spirit and is forever off doing some course or class and a brest friend who discovers the father she has never seen suddenly wants to see her.
Dodie is rather put upon and it seems that she is doing everything to help others, discover the letter as well as run a bespoke business in the run up to Christmas. Whilst she does seem to be juggling a lot she has captured the eye of Ed who helps her out to discover more about the letter she has found. Ed happens to live at the house where the letter was sent all those years ago. Surely it is all meant to be?
Of course it is not going to be an easy conclusion, but Dodie and Ed get to find out all the answers.
I was disappointed by this book, there is not much relevance to Christmas other than the fact it is set then. If anything that was a distraction from the main plot lines; Dodie and her boyfriend, Dodie and her grandmother; Dodie and her vintage shop and Dodie and Ed. I wanted more from this book, because I wanted more from the letter that was found, it was a perfect opportunity and an obvious vehicle to go back to the War, to go back to the people in the letter and learn about their story. The author did not take it this way and that left me feeling this book was missing something.
A pleasant enough read if you want some escapism, but left me disappointed.
Thank you to the publisher via netgalley for the opportunity to read this book.
A Very Vintage Christmas is out now along with A Cosy Candlelight Christmas the second in the set of Christmas books from Tilly Tennant.
I have the second book and I am hoping it is better than this one. Of all the Christmas books I have read so far this season, this book was not right. I have found with Tilly Tennant’s books that sometimes they are really good and then when I pick up another one, they are just not sitting right with me. I approach the second book with trepidation but will give it a fair chance.