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 have fallen in love with Kathleen Tessro’s The Perfume Collector. This book is beautifully written, chapter upon chapter intricately woven to hold you captive. This is a book that has made me rediscover my love for the English language. The story is mesmerizing from the start to the end. I really am in awe of this book.
Thank you Tessaro, for the mind blowing ecstasy that is the pure joy of reading a work of art.
My 2013 Book of the year