Wednesday, August 14, 2013

SheReads Blog Network: Review: The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

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 The Perfume Collector

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.

I really enjoyed this novel.  It has such an amazing story line because it blends two of them together.  The story alternates between Grace in the 1950's and Eva in the 1920's.  These two women's stories join seamlessly and take us on an adventure of mystery and intrigue. These women are strong, face difficult moments, showing grace under difficult circumstances. Since the story spans over a long period of time, it adds such depth to the story and characters. I am starting to really love historical novels. The Perfume Collector was an example of the genre at its best. Written so beautifully that you could not help but be taken back in were there in those moments, living it right along with the characters in the book.  Isn't that why we read, to get lost in another world, at another time...  This book is such a tight, well written, well researched novel.  It will keep you up at night or cause you to dream the book while sleeping. 4.5 stars

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  1. I agree with your review completely. The writing was just gorgeous and I loved the way the two stories connected :)


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