I have to admit that I'm a stickler for an intriguing cover. Something eye-catching will almost always persuade me to read a description of a book with a title I might otherwise overlook. So it was with A Vintage Affair - a novel I requested from Library Thing's Early Reviewers program earlier this year. The title alone was one I may have easily dismissed but the cover caught my eye and the description definitely drew me in. This was the first work I had read by author Isabel Wolff but it was a wonderful introduction to her writing.
A Vintage Affair was a wonderful book. Multiple story lines are woven together in tale that is as artistic and charming as the garments that provide an anchor to tie them together. The book is a clever mix of family drama, historical fiction, friendship, romance, and fashion. The characters are well-drawn and entirely believable and the supporting cast is equally as interesting as the heroine. Isabel Wolff has taken a couturier's eye in crafting every detail of this beautiful novel.
The author I was most reminded of while reading this work was Katherine Center, and if I had to choose a read-alike title to compare it to I would pick The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Isabel Wolff's A Vintage Affair is on sale next week, June 22, 2010. Oddly enough, the Amazon page for this book shows a much different cover for this work (perhaps one is the UK cover and the other is the US edition?) and I much prefer the darker one. How much do book covers influence your decision to read a book? Can a great cover pull you to check out an average title? How about vice versa?