Thursday, December 23, 2021

Coco at the Ritz: A Novel by Gioia Diliberto -- BOOK BEGINNINGS


Merry Christmas for those of you celebrating this weekend! This post goes up Thursday evening, Christmas Eve Eve as we used to say when we were kids. By Friday, I will be deep into celebrations, with my mind far away from book blogging and concentrating only on all things Christmas. 

But once the ribbons, wrapping, and cookie crumbs are swept away, I'll be in the mood to curl up with a good book. Especially if Portland gets snowed in next week like might happen! 

Do you plan to do any reading this holiday weekend?


When the doorbell rang at eight thirty on that hot, languid morning, Coco knew they'd come to arrest her.
-- Coco at the Ritz: A Novel by Gioia Diliberto. That's an excellent opening sentence!

This new novel about Coco Channel is based on the true story of Channel's war-time romance with a German spy and how that affair led to her arrest for treason following the Liberation of Paris. Coco at the Ritz came out this month from Pegasus Books and is historical fiction at its page-turning best.

Coco at the Ritz went straight onto my list of French Connections books.


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From Coco at the Ritz:
There was no question of Coco changing addresses, of moving to another part of town. She had to be at the Ritz, where she could keep an eye on her shop across the street, the source of her income.
I just want to cuddle up in a fuzzy robe in front of the tree and fireplace and read this from cover to cover. With a glass of champagne so I can channel my inner Channel. I'll even wear pearls with my fuzzy robe!

2 Days to Christmas!


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