Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

 I just finished this book a few days ago and I felt compelled to write about it on here.  I really loved this book and keep thinking about it.  I love the cover of the book too!  I actually listened to this book on and the narrator had a lovely English/French accent.

Here is the synopsis of the book on

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. There, in a long-abandoned perfume shop on the Left Bank, she discovers the seductive world of perfumers and their muses, and a surprising, complex love story. Told by invoking the three distinctive perfumes she inspired, Eva d'Orsey's story weaves through the decades, from 1920s New York to Monte Carlo, Paris, and London.

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.

My review:

I liked everything in this story!  I found it intriguing, mysterious, riveting at times and just enjoyable.  The story line and characters were perfect in this story.  I would highly recommend it and I have given it 5 stars!!


NanaDiana said...

Thank you, Sherri. My daughter and I are always looking for good books to share and this looks like one we will both like. Headed to Amazon tonight to see about ordering it. xo Diana

NanaDiana said...

PS- Your header is just beautiful, Sherri! xo Diana

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

Sounds like just my kind of book. I just ordered for my Nook! Thanks Sherri!

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Sherri said...

I hope you both like it. I listened to it to and from work. I didn't want to get out of the car when I got to work, I just wanted to keep on listening! Let me know what you think of it.

The Good Life | Healthy Living said...

So glad to hear this Sherri, because I just bought this on my Nook.

Debbie said...

This book sounds interesting, Sherri.
I think I might just go out and pick it up this weekend.

Victoria Eales said...

This book is on my amazon wish list I must get it ordered from the library after such a positive review.

Have a great weekend.


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