Not only the story line, but the history was so rich in this book. The author clearly did her homework. I gave this book 4 stars.
Amanda Rosenloom owns a business, Astor Vintage Place, in which she purchases vintage clothing to resell in her shop. In one of her purchases she finds a journal of a young woman, Olive, sewn into a muff. Amanda begins to read the journal and soon becomes immersed in her story.
Told in alternating chapters between Amanda, circa 2007, and Olive, circa 1908, in the City of New York, the book flows evenly between them. Interspersed in the book were photos of New York City for the time period of the early 1900's.
I have not been to New York City, so at times I thought it was difficult to follow the journeys of the women on their walking tours, making turns on streets, that I had no clue the of the significance of describing such minutiae. But I did enjoy the description of the buildings, both interior and exterior. Done so well, that I could envision the inside of the hotels, boarding houses, and the small apartment of Amanda.
In keeping with the time period of Olive, the manner of speech, words specific with that era, and the general consensus of the people's thinking, the author remained true to the character in her writing. It was like taking a step back in time and reading an actual book written in 1908.
I thought the ending was rather abrupt, and would have liked the author to tie it up a bit. There were some unanswered questions. But as in real life, sometimes there are no answers.
I would recommend this book to others.