Coco’s Secret by Niamh Greene Including Giveaway!

Coco's secret
Published by Penguin Ireland in August 2013.

“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?”


Firstly I’d like to thank the publisher for sending me this book to read and give an honest review.

It began in Paris 1993 with a tragic event that made me care for Coco straight away, I felt very motherly towards this character who I’d only just met and this is something that doesn’t happen often.  I quickly discovered that Coco’s name wasn’t entirely appropriate for her but I loved the way she handled it – she seemed to be very laid back, making jokes whenever she felt uncomfortable.

The fascinating world of antiques led Coco to a very special vintage Chanel bag which held an intriguing letter – this was a mystery that I couldn’t wait to solve because the whole idea seemed rather magical and romantic to me.  Her journey to find out the history of the bag and letter became an addictive investigation, and not only for Coco! The twists and turns managed to surprise me again and again keeping me hooked on each and every word.

Coco’s Secret contained warm characters and a natural humour that made it a really easy book to read, I can easily say that I enjoyed every part of the storyline.

This was a charming read that completely captured my imagination and left me smiling.


Niamh Greene lives in the Irish countryside with her husband and two children.  Unlike the lucky heroine of this novel, she has never stumbled upon a vintage Coco Chanel handbag, although she’s not giving up hope yet.

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