The Black Velvet Coat

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The Black Velvet Coat

Twenty-eight-year-old struggling San Francisco artist Anne McFarland is determined to get a one-woman show, even though no one, including herself, believes she can do it. But when she buys a coat at a thrift shop with a key in its pocket, strange, even magical, occurrences begin to unfold, and she is inspired to create her best work ever.

Fifty years earlier, it’s 1963, and the coat’s original owner, young heiress Sylvia Van Dam, is headed toward a disastrous marriage with a scoundrel. In a split-second reaction, she does the unimaginable, which propels her on a trip of self-discovery to nature-filled Northern Arizona. When Anne and Sylvia’s lives intersect, they are both forced to face their fears―and, in the process, realize their true potential.

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“Spellbinding. Readers will feel they are watching an Alfred Hitchcock movie as they turn the pages of this vivid, fast-paced novel about how uncovering the past can lead to discovering oneself. You’ll never look at vintage clothes quite the same way again.”
Jennifer Coburn

author of, We’ll Always Have Paris

“Jill G. Hall’s book is a real page-turner! Artists everywhere will especially enjoy reading about the artistic process and the inspiration behind creating new work!”
Jane LaFazio

mixed media artist and feature writer for, Cloth, Paper, Scissors and Quilting Arts magazines

The Black Velvet Coat is a story about fate and friendship and love. These characters will break your heart in all the best ways.”
T. Greenwood

author of, The Forever Bridge and Where I Lost Her