This month, I’ve signed up for blog tours of several contemporary romance novellas of local authors, and since I’ve aimed to read more local books as much as I can, joining these tours can help me on my self-imposed challenge and not only that, help promote Filipino books as well. All for the love of Philippine literature! ♥
Vintage Love by Agay Llanera makes its stop on my blog this week:
26-year-old Crissy Lopez’s life is in dire need of a makeover. Her wardrobe revolves around ratty shirts and beat-up sneaks; her grueling schedule as a TV Executive leaves no room for a social life; and worst of all, she’s still hung up on the Evil Ex who left her five years ago.
When her fashionable grand-aunt passes away and leaves behind a roomful of vintage stuff, the Shy Stylista inside Crissy gradually resurfaces. Soon, she feels like she’s making progress — with a budding lovelife to boot! But the grim ghost of her past catches up with her, threatening to push her back into depression. To finally move on, Crissy learns that walking away is not enough. This time, she needs to take a leap of faith.
Don’t I just love that cute cover? It makes me think of cutesy dresses and and shoes and bags and trinkets — all of which which promise a fun, light read along the way.
Vintage Love is a charming novella about Crissy who suddenly finds herself left with old stuff from her grandmother who recently passed away. Not certain what to do with the unexpected hand-me-downs, she decides to hold a garage sale and in the process, meets Vince, a vintage-shop owner. Their first encounter isn’t exactly a meet-cute and if there are sparks flying, it isn’t because of mutual attraction. Can there be a chance for love for Crissy and Vince despite their pitiful past?
Crissy reminds me of me. I was a shirt and pants girl until my college days and the only time I was forced to change my wardrobe was when I enrolled in law school (there was a dress code!) and since then I’ve grown accustomed to dressing up, and just like Crissy, ukay-ukay has contributed to most of my wardrobe stuff. Hee. I must admit that there is more than a hint of truth to Mama Maring’s advice:
Crissy is a formidable character with the way she resolved to pick up the pieces and move on with her life not because she wanted to please other people but because she wanted it for herself. I loved how passionate she is with her art and how she chose to follow her heart despite the odds. Crissy’s best friend, Bea, is worthy of mention, too. Her story is as interesting and she provides just the right amount of support for Crissy’s character. I’d love to have a best friend like Bea. 🙂
The book has given me my dose of kilig – swoon – moments and don’t I just love that? I also love it that Vince and Crissy’s romance isn’t forced nor superficial. It is not overdone and exaggerated making the story more realistic and relatable. Many times while reading,I can’t help but reminisce my high school days (FLAMES!) and all those text marathons I used to have with Gian during the early stages of our relationship (hihi). Ah, all the feels indeed, and just in the right places and in right amounts.
I would love to know more about Vince, though. What is his past relationship like? What made him fall in love with Crissy? I think that is the dilemma of every novella writer because there isn’t enough room for character development. But in this case, the author has certainly done the best she could. This is more of a story about Crissy, after all.
To love is a choice. To be happy is a choice. These are the things Crissy’s story teaches. No one knows what the future holds but in order to be happy — to give meaning to one’s life, one must choose to take that first step and plunge right in and hope for the best.
Vintage Love is a story about moving on and being happy, even if it means letting go of the past and just living in the present. The future will just happen. Yes, falling in love has long been vintage, but it is still (and always will be) fashionable.
Thank you, Dia of Book Junkie Joint, for my copy!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Agay Llanera is a freelance writer for television and video, and a published writer of children’s books. She is a member of KUTING, a private, non-stock, non-profit organization, which aims to be the Philippines’ foremost writers’ organization for children.
Email: [email protected]