This book is a little bit perfect!
A little slice of chic-lit heaven all packaged into 339 pages.
Coco finds an original Chanel handbag at the bottom of an odds and ends box purchased at auction. On closer inspection she discovers an old letter inside the bag and it moves her to search for the bag's original owner. With not much to go on, she trusts her inner voice and follows the leads from her small hometown to London and Paris. She begins to get a picture of the owner's life and so does the reader.
From the first page I was hooked. I too wanted to know the origins of the bag and along with a great set of characters Niamh Greene brings us on a a nice easy trip from the 1950s to the present day.
Coco's grandmother Ruth is a wonderful addition to the tale and a character I would love to meet in real life. I could just picture their little antiques shop and all its little bits and bobs, and could almost smell the atmosphere.
Very chic, very sweet, very clever. Well done Niamh Greene.
Another guest review from the lovely Margaret Madden who now has her own blog at http://bleachhouselibray.blogspot.ie/ so follow her blog to keep up to date with Margaret's four book a week book habit and the many books she and her five children share.
Thanks very much to Cliona Lewis and Penguin Ireland for an early reading copy. Coco's Secret will be published on August 15th and will make a perfect holiday read.