Niamh Greene’s new novel Coco’s Secret is a deeply moving reinvention story that will be enjoyed by fans of the modern day fairytales of Cecelia Ahern. Throw in Niamh’s unique brand of heart-warming storytelling and readers are in for a real treat.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?Coco’s Secret is a gripping and thoroughly satisfying story about a young women finally finding courage to become the kind of woman she always had it in her to be.
This book is pure, feel-good ‘chick lit’ and would make for the perfect holiday or curl-up-in-bed-with-flu book. It is sweet and endearing and Greene’s style is fun and steady.
Coco is the perfect character, she is believable, honest and perhaps most importantly real. She has never felt as if she fits in, but across the story reinvents herself to some extent. This book is all about how it is never too late to be who you want to or who you are meant to be.
I recommend this to chick-lit fans everywhere. The description likens Greene to Cecelia Ahern, but I think that is slightly unfair. Although there are similarities in style, I found Greene’s voice distinct enough to stand alone.
I received an advanced copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.