• Hardcover: 464 pages • Publisher: Harper (May 14, 2013)
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.
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The only word that I can think of to sum up this book is enchanting. It isn't so much the story (although that is beautiful) but the feeling that this book gives you. It's almost a delicate bouquet of wonderful characters, intriguing plot, and just plain amazing writing!
The characters are wonderfully brought to life. Eva and Grace's stories come together in such a brilliant and intricate way! I started reading and just never wanted to stop til the end!
I simply adore this book! The characters are now stamped in my mind. I definitely will read more from Kathleen Tessaro! This book is not officially on my favorite reads of 2013 list!
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