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The Perfume Collector ❤️ a book review ðŸ“š

April 24, 2017

I have been using the same perfume since the age of 27. I sometimes try other perfumes, ones I like the scent of in shops or in magazines. But my one perfume is always with me.

Every woman, and man, in my opinion needs to wear a perfume. A perfume is not only a pleasant experience for those around you, it also gives the person wearing the scent happiness, self confidence and a special aura.

The Book –

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 from a mysterious benefactor, Eva d’Orsey, whom she’s never met.

So begins a search that takes Grace to a long-abandoned perfume shop on Paris’s Left Bank, where she discovers the seductive world of perfumers and their muses, and a surprising 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 must choose between the life she thinks she should live and the person she is truly meant to be.

Verdict –

Kathleen Tesaro is a favourite author of mine, I reviewed another one of her books not long ago. This book I finished on the flight back from Antalya after a lovely Easter break.

It drew me in straight away. The main characters are Grace and Eva, two women of seperate eras, who are both destined to join even though when they do Eva has passed away.

I loved this story even more because it is partially set in my favourite Paris. In fact the description of Eva’s apartment is my dream flat in Paris. 

Perfume is described in the most eloquent way in the book, and I wanted to share this quote from the book with you,

“Perfume should tell a story – the story of who you are, who you might be, perhaps even of who you fear becoming…all of these things are possible.”

Another wonderful story by a fantastic author.

The Perfume Collector is available online & at major book shops now!


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