The Chanel Sisters

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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 years before, they’ve grown up under the guidance of pious 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 business takes hold and expands to the glamorous French resort towns. But when World War I breaks out, their lives are irrevocably changed, and the sisters must gather the courage to fashion their own places in the world, even if apart from each other.

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  • Ceecee

    This is a fascinating historical novel which is based on some facts and the gaps filled with fiction. The story of the Chanel sisters is narrated by the less well known Antionette and she gives an exc...

  • DeAnn

    4 ooh la la starsI really enjoyed this historical fiction story about the Chanel sisters – there was actually a large family – 3 sisters, 2 brothers and an aunt who was almost the same age as the ...

  • Liz

    This well done historical fiction tracks Gabrielle (CoCo) and Antoinette Chanel from their early days at a Catholic orphanage. “All those years on the rue Cambon, in Deauville, in Biarritz, people t...

  • Berit???

    Rags to riches. From their humble beginnings raised in a convent by nuns to the glitz and glamour of Paris. This was a riveting tale about Antoinette and her better known sister Gabrielle (Coco) Chane...

  • Jessica | JustReadingJess

    The Chanel Sisters is an interesting historical fiction novel about Antoinette and her sister Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. The book starts out with the sisters living in an orphanage as children. The ...

  • Annette

    1897. The Chanel sisters began practicing their stitches at orphanage in Aubazine. At the Pensionnat Notre Dame at Moulins town, they are charity vs paying families. While they mop the floors and scru...

  • Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.comTHE CHANEL SISTERS by Judithe Little is a historical fiction novel featuring the Chanel sisters and is told from the perspective of the...

  • Denise

    "Nature gives you the face you have at twenty. Life shapes the face you have at thirty. But at fifty you get the face you deserve." Coco ChanelThanks, Coco, I'll remember those words as I creep ever c...

  • Dana

    A beautifully written and captivating rags to riches story. I will admit I didn't know much about the Chanel sisters or their family. This was very interesting. Another great pick by Sweetreads Box! ...

  • Claire Fullerton

    “A lovely, gorgeously set, romantic story sure to charm lovers of historical fiction with its joie de vivre and savoir faire.”In Judith Little’s beguiling The Chanel Sisters, the road to persona...