The Perfume Collector

The Perfume Collector

A Novel

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2013
Edition: 1st Canadian ed
ISBN: 9781443406017
Branch Call Number: FICTION TES
Characteristics: 456 p. ; 22 cm


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Mar 27, 2018

With an inheritance from a stranger comes an adventure that opens the door to a young wife that has suffered the tragedy of miscarriage and a future bereft of children. Now she will be given the chance to become who she really is and not the role society has impressed on her. Meanwhile the strangers story unfolds in every other chapter set in the roaring 20s. How these two women have influenced each other without never having met is the fulcrum of this lovely story.

Sep 03, 2017

A wonderful tale, despite the weaker written points and as mentioned earlier the predictability. I enjoyed the walk my imagination took and the cleverness of Ms. Tessaro.

Jul 19, 2017

The twists and turns in this historical fiction + mystery novel aren't so complicated that it takes away from the characters and details, which were divine! I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Feb 23, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to get into and hard to put down. I liked how it kept you thinking ahead & then switching gears as it took you to another time & place. I will look for more from this writer.

Aug 18, 2016


Jul 12, 2016

Predictable, but kept me interested for a quick read.

CRRL_VirginiaJ Jul 21, 2015

Happily-ever-after isn't working out the way upper crust newlywed Grace Monroe thought it would. When a sudden and mysterious inheritance takes her to Paris, she discovers scents and sensations of another life entirely.

May 31, 2015

The perfect light, escapist summer read!

Apr 09, 2015

A very enjoyable and readable book and I am sure it will provide plenty of discussion material for the book club. Yes, there were some spelling and grammatical errors missed by the proof reader, but these did not spoil my enjoyment. I believe this book would make a good movie. I will certainly look out for some of the author's other titles.

Oct 21, 2014

Part historical fiction and part mystery. Classic style of a story told by two women in two different eras with a pace that moves well until their tales collide. Characters are sharp and the plot has some twists which makes for a good number of themes a Book Club can sink their teeth into. Enjoy.

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siammarino Aug 09, 2013

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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