Book Review: The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance by Kirsty Greenwood


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  When I saw this book on the shelf at my local bookstore I knew it would be coming home with me that day.  The cover caught my eye first, because as you might guess, I love the vintage colour palette.  People always tell you to never judge a book by its cover, but truth be told the cover of a book is usually what encourages me to flip through its pages.

I must admit that the book I read prior to The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance was actually Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  While Gone Girl is a great read, I must say that it was a very serious storyline and when I had finished it I was craving a book that would make me laugh out loud, which is exactly what I found in Kirsty Greenwood’s book.

The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance follows 28-year-old Jess Beam as she loses her job, home, and best friend all in one day and needs to find a way to get back on her feet.  She locates her long-lost grandmother, Matilda Beam, who is famous for her “Good Woman Guides” from the 1950s.  When they realize that both of them are in desperate need for a source of income, they decide to start a project together.

Their project is to use Matilda’s tips in her “Good Woman Guides” in order to help Jess snag one of London’s most notorious heartbreaking bachelors, Leo Frost.  The goal is to have Leo confess his love to Jess as she dresses and acts like it’s 1955.  The idea is to find love “the good old-fashioned way.”

This book really did make me laugh out loud.  The British slang and humour was refreshing and light-hearted.  Not only did it incorporate vintage elements, which I love, but it also gave readers relatable characters throughout the storyline.  Jess is the girl who is always trying to focus on just having fun and she is someone who avoids confronting their emotions.  You probably have a friend in your life who is just like her.  You can’t help but love her.   There’s also the grandmother figure in Matilda, who always means well and can be somewhat smothering in her good intentions to help.  Then there’s the excitement of a new romance, and the tough choices in trying to understand what you want out of life and finding the courage to go for it.

Overall, I think women who are in their “twenty-somethings” will really enjoy this book and can laugh at the success and misfortunes of Jess.  Greenwood’s writing style is clever and witty.  The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance definitely leaves you feeling warm and happy, which is exactly what I was looking for when I picked it up off the shelf.

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