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Monday, 16 September 2013

Bookshelf: Coco's Secret by Niamh Greene.

Coco's Secret* by Niamh Greene.
"Coco Swan has always been embarrassed by her name. 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?"


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I'm not completely sure I would have picked this book up if I were faced with an entire bookshelf in a shop, I'm still kind of discovering my favourite types of books to read, but I can honestly say that this is one I'm very glad to have read because it's incredibly charming and thoroughly heartwarming.

Coco is such a relatable and lovely character; she likes to spend time at home, she's imaginative and creative, funny and tries to keep her life as uncomplicated as possible. She's at a point in her life where she's trying to figure things out and throughout I was hoping she would because I found myself wanting the best for her. The supporting characters all bring something to the story, with Coco's Grandmother, Ruth, being my favourite. She is utterly fabulous and I hope as I get older I can be a little like her, feisty and determined not to have to grow old gracefully.

From the very first page I was hooked, I couldn't put it down so on a particularly rainy afternoon I grabbed a mug of hot chocolate and a blanket and I finished the book in an afternoon. I always felt pretty safe in the knowledge that Coco would solve the mystery, she starts to realise she shares more in common with her late Mother that she thought, but I didn't expect to tear up slightly when things begin to unfold. I think this is a testament to both the story and to Niamh Greene's writing, it's a thoroughly lovely read that I would recommend if you're looking for a book that will make you smile.

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Have you read Coco's Secret? 
What are you reading at the moment - I would love some recommendations?
xoxo

30 comments:

  1. I think that this sounds like the perfect rainy day book - not too heavy but still enjoyable and warm :) xxx

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    1. You're so right, it really is! <3

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  2. I love reading different books and hadn't heard of this until now...definitely something to check out as it seems like an easy, enjoyable book for a rainy day as Carly has mentioned above! :)

    Layla xx

    www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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    1. It absolutely is, really recommend it! <3

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  3. Definitely going to check this out, looks like a lovely read :)
    At the moment I'm reading The Pact by Jodi Picoult, not quite finished it yet but I really recommend it although it is a little bit emotionally draining!

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    1. Ooh I will put that on my to-read list for sure! Thank you for the recommendation! xo

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  4. This sounds like a really good read!
    I'm currently making my way through all the free books on my Kindle, most of them are fairly naff but good for light entertainment :)

    Jess xo

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    1. It's a great read for sure. Hehe light reading is perfect sometimes & at least they're free! xo

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  5. This sounds like the perfect book for my daily commute. I'm currently reading Half a Yellow Sun and i'm gripped. It so interesting and heartbreaking at the same time.
    Sophie
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    1. I've added that to my list of books to read! <3

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  6. Definitely going to keep an eye out for this. I loved A Vintage Affair, which had a similar storyline by a different author, which I think you'd like Jennie! I think I wrote a review of it on my blog about two years ago. (: Hope you're well girly & thanks for the comment on my blog! xx

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    1. Ooh thank you for the recommendation - I've made a note of it and I'll check it out for sure! xo

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  7. I have this on my request list at the local library, if it doesn't come in by the time I jet off on holiday it may well be downloaded onto my ipad!

    Victoria
    FlorenceandMary.com

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    1. Perfect holiday read for sure! <3

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  8. I'm on the look out for a new light read because I'm so busy recently, but I still want too keep reading. This sounds perfect. And the author has the same first name as me! :)

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  9. I always love it when book catch you by surprise like that and you start getting really emotional without even realizing it! This sounds like a fun book to read! :))

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    1. Absolutely! I really enjoyed it, will be checking out the author's other books too! xo

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  10. I love reading book reviews! Definitely gonna check this one out :D xxx

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  11. I really enjoy reading light-hearted books like this! I've been reading a few books recently but my favourite was 'And the mountains echoed' by Khaled Hosseini. I don't think it was *quite* as good as his other 2 big ones but it's definitely worth a read.

    Tara xo

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    1. I'll put it on my to-read list, thank you for the recommendation! <3

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  12. This is going on my next to read pile! It sounds so interesting, thanks for letting me know about it!

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin'

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  13. I'm always on the lookout for good book recommendations so thank you!
    Kerry x

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  14. I read Rumours by Freya North recently- a lovely romantic book, heart warming and filled with humour. Great for a light, girly read and way above your average chick lit! Would also recommend Pillow talk by the same author too (:

    Sophie xo

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    1. I'll pop those on my to-read list - thank you! xo

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