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The Perfume Collector by [Tessaro, Kathleen]
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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"

"A colorful, stimulating journey through time."--"Kirkus"

"Dazzles the senses."--"Publishers Weekly"

"A mesmerising novel of passion and scent."--"Woman and Home" (UK)

"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""

A colorful, stimulating journey through time. --"Kirkus""

Dazzles the senses. --"Publishers Weekly""

A mesmerising novel of passion and scent. --"Woman and Home" (UK)"

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"

Fragrance, fashion, and a puzzling bequest lead a 1950s British socialite into a whirl of Parisian intrigue in Kathleen Tessaro s The Perfume Collector. --Good Housekeeping"

A colorful, stimulating journey through time. --Kirkus"

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

Dazzles the senses. --Publishers Weekly"

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"

A mesmerising novel of passion and scent. --Woman and Home (UK)"

This evocative novel spins you back a few decades to the 20s and 50s where a young bride suppresses her intellect to be the trophy wife her husband desires. She is devasted when he is unfaithful but could it be the making of her? --Glamour (UK)"

Through vivid descriptions, lively mishaps and devastating details, Tessaro serves up a witty, original, fast-moving debut. --USA Today on Elegance"

Witty proves that confidence never goes out of fashion. --Glamour on Elegance"

A compelling plot in a truly magical Parisian setting, fascinating information about the way perfume is made, and great secondary characters make this a charming read. . . . Readers of the works of Emily Griffin and Laura Florand will enjoy. --Library Journal"

A lovely tale of a young woman in London who receives a mysterious inheritance that brings her to Paris and eventually to an old perfume shop. . . . Sigh. --NY Daily News, The Summer's Best Beach Reads"

"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

"Fragrance, fashion, and a puzzling bequest lead a 1950s British socialite into a whirl of Parisian intrigue in Kathleen Tessaro's The Perfume Collector."--Good Housekeeping

"A colorful, stimulating journey through time."--Kirkus

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

"Dazzles the senses."--Publishers Weekly

"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

"A mesmerising novel of passion and scent."--Woman and Home (UK)

"This evocative novel spins you back a few decades to the 20s and 50s where a young bride suppresses her intellect to be the trophy wife her husband desires. She is devasted when he is unfaithful but could it be the making of her?"--Glamour (UK)

"Through vivid descriptions, lively mishaps and devastating details, Tessaro serves up a witty, original, fast-moving debut."--USA Today on Elegance

"Witty...proves that confidence never goes out of fashion."--Glamour on Elegance

"A compelling plot in a truly magical Parisian setting, fascinating information about the way perfume is made, and great secondary characters make this a charming read. . . . Readers of the works of Emily Griffin and Laura Florand will enjoy."--Library Journal

"A lovely tale of a young woman in London who receives a mysterious inheritance that brings her to Paris and eventually to an old perfume shop. . . . Sigh."--NY Daily News, The Summer's Best Beach Reads

From the Back Cover

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.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1403 KB
  • Print Length: 467 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (11 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007H3GOUI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 345 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,756 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As I'm writing this I'm trying to decide whether to give 3 or 4 stars. I really liked the story and the way the two separate time frames were heading towards their final linkage - which I did guess most of, but that didn't seem to matter. I liked the places described in Paris - familiar to anyone who's been and done the tourist thing there. I liked the whole perfume theme.

However, there were aspects that weren't developed enough for me. The perfume side of the story in general could have been much more informative - whilst we met several perfumiers, we never really got to learn how they plied their craft.

But for me, the characterisation was blatantly lacking. Grace and Eduard were so dull and boring that I couldn't have cared less whether or not they ended up together. Malory was so stereotypical I wanted to slap her at times! Eva, Lambert and Valmont, though beginning strongly, lost vitality along the way, almost as though the author got bored of them. Likewise Madame Zed. At first she came across as such a promisingly multi faceted old goat, but she kind of fizzled out by the end.

Kay Waverley should have had a name change when she became an actress - it would have made it much more interesting in the casino section.

But an enjoyable yarn none the less, and I'm another who could see this working well on TV.
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Good book, not the best book I have ever read, however it kept me interested and I started and finished it on a cold rainy Sunday afternoon. Also made me want to review my purfume collection!
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Would recommend this book its great. I have never read anything by this author before but would definitely again. This was a free download, but would have paid for it.
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This is a wonderful book set in 1920s and 1950s England and Paris. The two main characters are very interesting women, especially in era when women weren't allowed or expected to be strong and independent. There are some strong male characters too. The settings are glamorous, chic Paris and stylish London. An engrossing book well worth reading to find out how the characters' paths cross and why. I would definitely recommend this book and I will certainly read more of Kathleen Tessaro's work in the future.
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Every time I pick up a Kathleen Tessaro, I suprise myself - even on re-reads. Great book, enthralling, I couldn't put it down!
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Working my way through this story but it has me rapt.
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Loved reading this book. I was transported back in time.
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So, so good. Could not put it down. Not my usual genre ( sci-fi/fantasy) but this was great. I have been recommending this book to everyone.
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