The Perfume Collector
A NovelBook - 2013
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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Grace Munroe's life changes suddenly when she receives a letter from a mysterious benefactor Eva d'Orsey. She leaves her husband in London and flies to Paris, where she discovers the truth about her past, and what it is to live life with one's senses. Loved the historical setting which alternated between the 1920's and the 1940's during the Nazi occupation of Paris. I learned much about how perfumes are made, the house of Hiver, and the great scents like Mon Peche and Mon Coeur. I will remember the great gift of "le droit de choisir" which Grace receives from the money Eva leaves her.
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