Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Book Review: "Coco's Secret" by Niamh Greene

Earlier this year we got the deliscious "Coco's Secret" by Niamh Greene in the post to review.  Having battled through all our work we have finally finished this heart warming story, and we're happy to say we loved it.

Coco's Secret
"With a name like Coco, she thinks people expect her to be as exotic and glamorous as the famous designer, not an ordinary-looking small-town antiques dealer who could win an award for living cautiously.

But when a vintage Chanel handbag turns up in a box of worthless bric-a-brac, Coco's quiet world is turned upside down. Where did it come from? And is it just coincidence that it's the same bag Coco's late mother always wanted for her? 

When Coco discovers a mysterious, decades-old letter hidden in the bag's lining, she sets off on a quest to piece together the story behind it, stumbling across secrets that span three generations as she goes. 

Could the beautiful Chanel bag be about to teach Coco more than she wants to learn? Or will it show her just where her heart can take her if she lets it lead the way?"

The book and the style Chanel bag it is based on

Centred around an antiques dealers called Coco and her almost fated quest to find the secret behind a Chanel handbag she finds in a mixed box of bric-a-brac.  The book is a gentle read, a perfect  pick me up at the end of a long day at work or in my case after a long day buying (we love it but its exhausting!).  It is a beautifully written story which interwines other plots and stories gently in to the main story.  But the main thing I love about this book is the theme that is strong throughout- that idea of fate (or whatever else you choose to call it), that things happen for a reason, and it will all pan out in the end.  

I would not describe this book as challenging in the usual sense of the word, but neither is it a shallow read as Greene brings the delightful characters to life and different (sometimes unexpected) facets of the characters are revealed throughout the story; with the added bonus of being set on the backdrop of the vintage and antiques scene.  My favourite character aside from Coco herself has to be her Grandmother Ruth- who is the model of my new aspiration of growing old with style (she insists her granddaughter call her by her christian name as it's less ageing!)  

Life needs books like these- light, humourous,easy reads but books that can draw real people and are moving at the same time.  Niamh has written a reflection of life, and in what should be an unlikely story of a found vintage bag is actually a believable tale that creates a vehicle for Coco to find something aside from the secret of the bag's former owner. For me a sure sign of a good book is that I will not have noticed the time and be up at 4am finishing the alst chapter, and that happened with Coco's Secret. So my main complaint about this book was the ensuing tiredness the next day from being up all night reading it!

Coco's Secret is available in bookshops and online now.  

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