A entertaining and enlightening historical fiction novel full of tragedy and hopefulness.
Antoinette and Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel are abandoned by their family at a young age. Nuns at the orphanage are preparing them to lead simple lives as the wives of tradesmen or shopkeepers. But the sisters are not content with what the nuns tell them they will be. They wanted something more ...something better.
When they are finally old enough, the Chanel sisters set out together with a fierce determination to prove themselves worthy. Their journey propels them out of poverty to a small hat shop in Paris, where a boutique takes hold and expands to the glamorous French resort towns.
But the sisters’ lives are thrown into turmoil when World War I breaks out, forcing them to make irrevocable choices. They’ll have to gather the courage to forge their own places in the world, even if apart from each other.
THE CHANEL SISTERS is uniquely and delightfully told from Antoinette’s point of view. This captivating tale has been created from what little is known about this brave and talented business women who lived in the shadow of her famous sister. It a touching rags to riches story based on determination, courage and luck.
Fans of historical fiction will appreciate the early struggles, the glamorous settings, and the complicated romances. Author Judithe Little effortlessly creates and blends intriguing stories of the sisters’ lives into a immensely satisfying read, while showcasing a dedicated bond between Antoinette and Gabrielle. The writing is both enlightening and entertaining and I particularly enjoyed reading about their early days in the orphanage in Aubazine and their desire for...Something Better.
JUDITHE LITTLE is the award-winning author of Wickwythe Hall. She earned a BA in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. She grew up in Virginia and now lives with her husband, three teenagers, and three dogs in Houston, Texas.
Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
“All those years on the rue Cambon, in Deauville, in Biarritz, people thought they were buying Chanel, glamour, Parisian sophistication. But what they were really buying were the ornaments of our childhood, memories of the nuns who civilized us, the abbey that sheltered us.”
Published December 29, 2020