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The Chanel Sisters

By: Judithe Little
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
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A USA Today and a Globe and Mail best seller!

A novel of survival, love, loss, triumph - and the sisters who changed fashion forever

Antoinette and Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel know they’re destined for something better. Abandoned by their family at a young age, they’ve grown up under the guidance of nuns preparing them for simple lives as the wives of tradesmen or shopkeepers. At night, their secret stash of romantic novels and magazine cutouts beneath the floorboards are all they have to keep their dreams of the future alive.

The walls of the convent can’t shield them forever, and when they’re finally of age, the Chanel sisters set out together with a fierce determination to prove themselves worthy to a society that has never accepted them. Their journey propels them out of poverty and to the stylish cafés of Moulins, the dazzling performance halls of Vichy - and to a small hat shop on the rue Cambon in Paris, where a boutique business takes hold and expands to the glamorous French resort towns.

But the sisters’ lives are again thrown into turmoil when World War I breaks out, forcing them to make irrevocable choices, and they’ll have to gather the courage to fashion their own places in the world, even if apart from each other.

The Chanel Sisters explores with care the timeless need for belonging, purpose, and love, and the heart’s relentless pursuit of these despite daunting odds. Beautifully told to the last page.” (Susan Meissner, best-selling author of The Last Year of the War)

©2020 Judithe Little (P)2020 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Straining Against Convention

As a dude I found this book to be sort of annoying. But it was only annoying in the same way that other books from this genre seem to all tend to be. I assume this is due to my being outside the target demographic. Ms. Little has an under-appreciated talent. She tells a complex story with a remarkable economy of words. The setting of this book and its subject matter are complex and it would be easy to get lost in the nuance of the societal trends that the famous Coco Chanel found herself spearheading. But the author finds a way to convey richness without having to state every detail.
I've noticed a trend where it seems like these books rush their endings. This book seems to suffer from that. But I can also admit that had Ms. Little not been careful, the book would have spiraled out of control and the central themes of the book would have been diluted.

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Interesting story

I never knew anything about Chanel other than that she was French and famous and that she was called Coco. The story was told from the narrative of her sister, Antoinette. Very little is actually known about Antoinette. I loved the story, the narration, and listened to it every chance I got. It made me try to look up more information about Antoinette. I have a bit more understanding about the haute couture group in Paris during WWII due to this book. I usually read about the French resistance. This was not that; it was a parallel world.

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Souped up Harlequin Romance

It's boo bad that such fascinating nwomen had to be portrayed in the genre of a romance novel.

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Chanel sisters brought to life

Judithe Little creates a world of the Chanel sisters as told though the eyes of Coco’s youngest sister, Antoinette. Impaired by a childhood of poverty, the sisters gain control of their own lives on the streets of Paris. Compelling, this historical novel weaves a tale of the limited lives of women in that era and the sacrifices Coco and her sisters endured to build an empire.

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Loved everything about it!

I loved it all!! I loved that the book was from the sister’s perspective... The narrator was great...
The story was awesome... I loved learning the history of Chanel... and I loved that this was a novel but with so much truth... it’s fun to read a novel about real people. Thanks, Judithe, for writing this! 💕💕

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Charming And evocative

Wonderful vignettes, Enigmatic, powerful, Feminine, vulnerable, Feministe But not feminist. As French as France Itself . A bit dramatic to dramatic at times for me but few and far between. mostly About the victory of love

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Loved this story

Everyone in this world heard of Coco Chanel, yet so few of us know anything about her life and especially her origins. This book told from the perspective of her younger sister is just lovely and really interesting...with a sad ending. Overall, I loved this book and I think it is worth reading!

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Absolutely Exquisite!

The Chanel Sisters is completely mesmerizing!
So accurately rich in Parisian culture, with stunning detail.

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amazing

So elegant and classy, great view of the other Chanel sister and herife story. great story of love

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Pure Gold.

From the moment I saw the cover for the first time I knew I might be in for something special, but this has truly been so much more.

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