Mademoiselle Chanel: First of all, for readers of The Paris Wife comes this vivid novel full of drama, passion, tragedy. Also a beauty that stunningly imagines the life of iconic fashion designer Coco Chanel.
So she is the ambitious, gifted laundrywoman’s daughter, who revolutionized fashion. Who built an international empire. She became one of the most influential and controversial figures of the twentieth century.
Due to being born into rural poverty, Gabrielle Chanel and her siblings are sent to an orphanage after their mother’s death.
Furthermore, the sisters nurture Gabrielle’s exceptional sewing skills. This is a talent that will propel the willful young woman into a life far removed from the drudgery of her childhood. Transforming herself into Coco.
A seamstress and sometime torch singer, the petite brunette burns with ambition.
This is an incandescence that draws a wealthy gentleman who will become the love of her life.
In addition, she immerses herself in his world of money and luxury.
She discovers a freedom that sparks her creativity.
But it is only when her lover takes her to Paris that Coco discovers her destiny.
Rejecting the frilly, corseted silhouette of the past. Her sleek, minimalist styles reflect the youthful ease and confidence of the 1920s modern woman.
As Coco’s reputation spreads, her couturier business explodes. It takes her into rarefied society circles and bohemian salons. But her fame and fortune cannot save her from heartbreak as the years pass.
Hence, when Paris falls to the Nazis, Coco is forced to make choices that will haunt her.
An enthralling novel of an extraordinary woman who created the life she desired.
In conclusion, Mademoiselle Chanel explores the inner world of a woman of staggering ambition.
Whose strength, passion and artistic vision would become her trademark.
About the Author – C W Gortner
C. W. Gortner is the author of the acclaimed historical novels The Last Queen and The Confessions of Catherine de Medici.
He holds an MFA in writing with an emphasis on Renaissance studies from the New College of California.
In his extensive travels to research his books, he has danced a galliard in a Tudor great hall.
In addition he has experienced life in a Spanish castle.
While he is also a dedicated advocate for animal rights and environmental issues.
Half Spanish by birth, he lives in Northern California.