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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
A gorgeous meld of romance and adventure, From Coffee to Champagne to Coconuts by Brigitte Kassa is an autobiography that follows the life of Brigitte Kruger Kassa, a woman born in 1939 in Germany when WWII was breaking out. Her family affected by the repercussions of the war, she set out on her own to face life alone when she turned nineteen, and after going through numerous challenges, she ended up in Monte Carlo where she became co-owner and manager of The Gipsy Club that welcomed celebrities and an elite clientele. It was here that she met the man who later became her husband. This narrative follows the pair on their adventures, travelling across countries and finally settling down in Little Cayman.
From the beginning of the narrative, the author recalls telling her aunt with determination that one day she wanted to live on a small tropical island. She was just ten years old in Germany. This story takes readers into her adventures that brought about the fulfillment of this dream. What attracted me most to this story is the way the personality of the protagonist comes out. She is determined, has a pleasant personality, is outgoing and easily connects with people. She takes us from her life back with her Aunt Berta on her grandparents’ farm in Zeckerin to her interesting experiences at the Gipsy Club, to moving to New Jersey with her man, to finally settling in the cozy island of Little Cayman. This is an emotionally intense story, punctuated with adventures that will delight as well as inspire readers. From Coffee to Champagne to Coconuts is both hilarious and thoughtful, delivered in an arresting first person narrative voice.