Coco's Secret by Niamh Greene



A review copy was provided by penguin Ireland in return for an honest review

When I first picked this book up I flicked to the back cover because I knew the authors name sounded familiar but I couldn't remember any books I had read by her. I was delighted when I saw "The secret diary of a demented housewife" and "The confessions of a demented housewife". I had read these book a few years ago on holiday and I found them really funny and witty.

A terrible twist at the start of this story leaves Coco more alone with her grand mother in a small Irish town. 

During an auction Coco stumbles on an old vintage Chanel bag, just like the one her mother always promised to give her. Inside the bad she finds a letter with an apology to a long lost love. Coco is torn between keeping this valuable piece of fashion history and returning it, with the letter to it's rightful owner.  

It's a typical light chicklit novel in the sense of someone going way waaaaay out of their way to help someone they've never known or met. It's not really something I connect with. I think I would have enjoyed this novel more if I'd have been a lover of fashion. Frankly I can't tell a Prada from a Primark. I also thought it was a little odd that Coco was so into this bag yet her own sense of fashion was, eh , really lacking.

I think the story could have been improved by exploring some of the other characters more. The relationship between Ruth and Karl made for some really good light relief and I would have liked to have read more about the situation with Mark and his anti social behaviour. It would have added a little more depth.

Overall an enjoyable, if not too taxing. Fashion lovers will probably connect more to the story than I did.


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