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    A fascinating read.

    An intriguing & captivating read that captures the essence of New York in 2 different centuries with characters from 1907 & 2007. The story evolves when the owner of the vintage clothing store Astor Place Vintage, Amanda, discovers a journal hidden in a fur's muff. The journal was written by Olive, a new-comer to New York City in 1907 & details her experiences. One hundred years later, store owner Amanda is fascinated by Olives's journal and the parallels of their lives.
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    Astor Place Vintage

    I like the way the two eras were handled, with no confusion. Both main characters were depicted as women I would love to know. I will miss them!
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    Dual time period with a great setting.

    I really enjoy reading books about New York City, especially during different time periods. This was one of the things that drew me to this book. Real pictures of locations around the city and prominent people in the media (Harry Thaw etc..) during the early 1900's were a great touch that helped to visualize the plot and settings. It is always interesting to read about strong independent women. Olive wanted a career as a buyer for a grand department store and wouldn't be satisfied following the path expected of her. Reading of her curiosities towards sex, reproduction and birth control made her character relative to a reader of present day. The descriptions of the beautiful clothing and elegant department stores and restaurants made me wish I could go back to that time, if even to just look around. Astor Place Vintage was a good book that I recommend, however it took some time for me to become motivated to read it. I also found that the ending left some unanswered questions. Fans of the show Mr. Selfridge might like this book.
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    Astor Place Vintage

    Enjoyed this. Going to buy hard copy for my daughter. I did not fully realize that single women were not allowed to stay on their own at hotels. I do recall booking into a hotel on my own as part of a student trip and wondering why some staff people were treating me oddly. I know that when my grandmother travelled from England she had letters of reference of good character from her Minister and also travelled with a letter as a member of the Company of Mary which allowed her to stay at better rooming houses as she travelled. Without these reference letters she would have had a more difficult time than I realized.
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    Astor Place Vintage

    Great story. Loved it.
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