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ISBN13: 9780062257833
ISBN10: 0062257838
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A remarkable novel about secrets, desire, memory, passion, and possibility.

Newlywed Grace Monroe doesn't fit anyone's expectations of a successful 1950s London socialite, least of all her own. When she receives an unexpected inheritance from a complete stranger, Madame Eva d'Orsey, Grace is drawn to uncover the identity of her mysterious benefactor.

Weaving through the decades, from 1920s New York to Monte Carlo, Paris, and London, the story Grace uncovers is that of an extraordinary women who inspired one of Paris's greatest perfumers. Immortalized in three evocative perfumes, Eva d'Orsey's history will transform Grace's life forever, forcing her to choose between the woman she is expected to be and the person she really is.

The Perfume Collector explores the complex and obsessive love between muse and artist, and the tremendous power of memory and scent.

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“A colorful, stimulating journey through time.” Kirkus

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The Perfume Collector is a crackling, beautifully paced story that weaves the world of fragrance into the lives of two vibrant women in a way few have experienced. Inhale deeply — a new way of telling a story of the heart.” Kate Alcott, author of The Dressmaker

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“A bewitching, compelling novel, full of dark desires, long-buried secrets, revisited memories, and new opportunities.” Booklist

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“Dazzles the senses.” Publishers Weekly

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“Beautiful imagery and prose are the strong points of this seductive story that paints the most bewitching picture imaginable of perfume creation and the muses who inspire it. The themes are brilliant...and likely to leave readers feeling awestruck by the end of this classy and unforgettable novel.” Romantic Times

About the Author

Born in Pittsburgh, Kathleen Tessaro emigrated to London where she worked as an actress in films, television, and theater, while training to be a drama teacher and voice coach. She is the author of the novels Elegance, Innocence, and The Flirt. Kathleen currently lives in Pennsylvania.

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booksintheburbs, May 17, 2013 (view all comments by booksintheburbs)
I have not read any of Kathleen Tessaro’s book, prior to this one, so I read this book without any expectations of a particular writing style. From the beautiful book cover, to the first pages, I was hooked. I was a little confused at first, so I did have to flip back to the first pages to see who I was reading about. It starts with Eva and at the tail end of her disease, with the next chapter beginning with Grace-a socialite, who seems quite disconnected from her husband and social circle. It isn’t until Grace receives an airplane ticket with news of her being the sole beneficiary, that she finally has some direction and decides to embark on an adventure.

While Grace leaves knowing her husband is having an affair, she somehow blames herself because of an unfortunate incident that happens to her. While there isn’t a lot of interaction and dialogue between her and her husband, the author does a superb job in showing what happens to Grace as she learns who Eva is.

It is quite obvious that the author did extensive research, prior to writing, but it doesn’t come off with more information and less interaction. Rather, it enhances the reader’s overall experience with this book. There is so much detail, and Eva certainly has an extraordinary (while difficult, too) life. I was mesmerized by the beauty of the story, loved the characters, and admired the way Eva broke all conventions by her role as a maid to later being a shopgirl…with other roles in between!

This is an absolutely fantastic historical book, that readers will love from page 1. Readers will want to know who Eva is, how she can smoke in the face of death, and how she bypasses barriers men and society place on women…certainly not meant for likes of Eva! My only desire is that the author would have included a little perfume collection to accompany this book!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062257833
Author:
Tessaro, Kathleen
Publisher:
Harper
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.13 in 22.8 oz

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Product details 464 pages Harper - English 9780062257833 Reviews:
"Review" by , “A colorful, stimulating journey through time.”
"Review" by , The Perfume Collector is a crackling, beautifully paced story that weaves the world of fragrance into the lives of two vibrant women in a way few have experienced. Inhale deeply — a new way of telling a story of the heart.”
"Review" by , “A bewitching, compelling novel, full of dark desires, long-buried secrets, revisited memories, and new opportunities.”
"Review" by , “Dazzles the senses.”
"Review" by , “Beautiful imagery and prose are the strong points of this seductive story that paints the most bewitching picture imaginable of perfume creation and the muses who inspire it. The themes are brilliant...and likely to leave readers feeling awestruck by the end of this classy and unforgettable novel.”
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