Sunday, 17 January 2016

Book Review: The Vintage Cinema Club by Jane Linfoot

Read: January 15-17    Verdict: 2 Stars

I received a free digital copy from the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest feedback.

God, I'm glad this one is over.

The Vintage Cinema Club follows three women, Izzy, Luce and Dida who all run a vintage shop at the site of an old cinema. The building is owned by Dida's husband, a man who enjoys cheating on his wife more than staying at home with his kids, and he puts the building up for sale without telling any of the women. Now the women have to find out how to save the shop while dealing with some problems on their own.

The summary of this book is very misleading. I thought I was going into a story that would be split more or less evenly between all the women but it was about 80% just Izzy and Xander. Now, that would be okay if it wasn't that for the most part Izzy was utterly intolerable. At only 17% through, I wanted to DNF this book simply because of the amount of times Izzy had already spoken about her broken home life. While I didn't mind finding out about Izzy's life growing up, it was mentioned SO MANY TIMES I wanted to scream every time she did. It was extremely irritating. Izzy was also extremely judgemental, especially when it came to Xander. This guy literally was doing everything to make life easier for her and then she blew up at him because his dad was rich...even though she was well aware he made his own money with his own career in property and film.

And then there was Luce and Dida...but their storylines seemed to have been completely forgotten about because of Izzy's. Izzy's story took up about 80% of the book and then it seemed like the author forgot she also had to write about the other two and scrambled up something really quickly. While Luce's story was extremely bland and predictable, Dida's left me with a bad taste in my mouth. She was completely okay with her husband sleeping around with god knows who (and coming back to her bed) but then when the shop sale went through, she decided to go on a date with someone to get her own back? I felt like the relationship should have been given much more time than what it was given.

Overall, I can't recommend this book as I just really didn't enjoy anything about it.

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