Green Giants – Irish Author Spotlight No 5 – Niamh Greene

August 22, 2013 Book review, Green Giants 0 ★★★★


Green Giants is my feature where I share some of my favourite books by Irish Authors.   I’m passionate about Irish Authors, there is a great and exciting mix of books to choose from, hopefully you will find something new to try.

Coco’s Secret is a chick-lit book that sparkles with humour and feel-good charm. While I once loved chick-lit, lately I have felt jaded and bored by them. Coco’s Secret reminds me of how uplifting and cheery-upy (totally a word!) a good one can be.

Green Giants – Irish Author Spotlight No 5 – Niamh GreeneCoCo's Secret by Niamh Greene
Published by Penguin Ireland on 4 July 2013
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

My Recap:

32 year old Coco who was named after Coco Chanel has always felt a bit at odds with her glamorous name versus her very non glamorous appearance and life. She is an antique dealer and accidentally finds a vintage Chanel handbag within a bric-a-brac lot that she bought. And not only a lustworthy handbag but a handbag with a mysterious love letter hidden in the lining. This event sets Coco off on a quest to find the rightful owner and in doing so changes her life and her attitude to life forever.

My Thoughts:

Coco’s Secret grabbed my attention with its glam, vintage feel cover. Set in a small town in Ireland where Coco runs an antique shop, this book is a treasure trove for anyone who likes antiques. They are described lovingly and like Coco I’m fascinated by how they can link us to the past. The romance of these words just captured my imagination and makes me want to go rummage around some vintage shops.

“I can image what all these objects have witnessed, where they have been, what lives they’ve had before they came to me. With one glance I can almost picture the back-story of certain pieces, the relationships that played out around them, the loves and losses they saw. They are more than just things. They’re snatches of time, pieces of history, each with its own unique story to tell.”

Coco is a lovely person to spend time with; she sounds like the kind of person you want to be your best friend. She is a home bird, imaginative, creative, loving, funny and totally uncomplicated – what you see is what you get. She is newly single but in no rush to change that status. Coco lives with her grandmother Ruth who is fun and adventurous and they bring out the best in each other.

“Ruth just has ‘it’ – whatever ‘it’ is – in spades, and everyone adores her. It doesn’t matter if they’re young or old, male or female, rich or poor, Ruth makes a connection with them and they never forget her. I really wish I had ‘it’ too, but the charm gene seems to have skipped my generation. Instead I got the wonky nose, the broad shoulders and the social awkwardness.”

The pace of this book is enjoyable; it meanders along like a steam, flowing in a certain direction. You know where it’s heading but it is still lovely to watch and to just take some time out to enjoy it for what it is. I never felt that boredom feeling that some chick-lits can give me probably because this book is a perfect mix of humour, mystery and romance and all 3 elements blended well together. Actually I was the polar opposite of bored, I was engrossed and engaged so much so that I read it in a single afternoon.

The romance in this book was not the centre focus but when it came, it felt right. It was believable and sweet and everything that I hoped for. Overall this book is heart-warming and funny which is exactly the way I like my chick lits. More please!

Who should read this book?

If you like chick-lit then I’d highly recommend this one to you. Especially if you like writers like Cecelia Ahearne, Sophie Kinsella or Cathy Kelly, then this one would be right up your alley.
Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Books UK for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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