An inheritance from a mysterious stranger . . .
An abandoned perfume shop on the Left Bank of Paris . . .
And three exquisite perfumes that hold a memory . . . and a secret
London, 1955: Grace Monroe is a fortunate young woman. Despite her sheltered upbringing in Oxford, her recent marriage has thrust her into the heart of London’s most refined and ambitious social circles. However, playing the role of the sophisticated socialite her husband would like her to be doesn’t come easily to her—and perhaps never will.
Then one evening a letter arrives from France that will change everything. Grace has received an inheritance. There’s only one problem: she has never heard of her benefactor, the mysterious Eva d’Orsey.
So begins a journey that takes Grace to Paris in search of Eva. But these three perfumes hold secrets. And as Eva’s past and Grace’s future intersect, Grace realizes she must choose between the life she thinks she should live and the person she is truly meant to be.
Illuminating the lives and challenging times of two fascinating women, The Perfume Collector weaves a haunting, imaginative, and beautifully written tale filled with passion and possibility, heartbreak and hope.
The first thing that made me pick this book off my to be read pile was the cover, it just seemed so elegant and striking. I know you are not meant to judge a book by its cover, but i do (often!).
What is inside this cover is a brilliantly written engaging novel following the follows the lives of two women over two different time periods, one in the 1950’s and the other back in the 1920’s. Both Eva and Grace are such wonderful characters that really capture you in from their very first introduction. Neither ladies have it easy, making mistakes along the way, but you can’t help but support them through those times as awell.
This book has many twists and turns and certainly Eva doesn’t have an easy journey and you are not sure why until the very last chapter.
I have never read any of Kathleen Tessaro’s books before but if they are anything like this, i certainly will do again. I have given this my Louise loved … award and highly recommend it!
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