The Perfume Collector

A Novel

Tessaro, Kathleen

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Perfume Collector
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: New York, NY :, HarperCollins,, 2013
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 0062257838
Characteristics: 456 pages ;,22 cm


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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.

Jan 27, 2014

A really good book but found it was jumping from 1955 to 1927 too much but other than that a really good book!

Dec 25, 2013
  • barb8571 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book! The author jumps from the present to the past quite a bit and reveals more of the mystery each time she does so.

Oct 29, 2013
  • gracindaisy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A woman in London receives an inheritance from an unknown benefactor in Paris setting off a mysterious tale in the circle of French perfumers. Great read recommended by the Evanston Roundtable.

Sep 10, 2013
  • BernieBookworm52 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Did atar783 & I read the same book? I found The Perfume Collector to be enchanting & believe me, I'm very picky about what I read. I thought the transitions from era to era were very smooth and, altho' the relationship between Grace & her benefactor became apparent early, I was still motivated to read to the end to find out how and why events unfolded as they did. I enjoyed this book so much, that I have all of Kathleen Tessaro's books on hold and eagerly await the opportunity to read them.

Jun 20, 2013
  • paulette4317 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book very much. I liked the fact that it went from 1920's to 30's within each chapter. Very good story. Will read more of her books.

Jun 11, 2013
  • atar783 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This book is riddled with spelling errors and errors in anatomical references. It seems it was not proofread. I have the impression it was self-published. In terms of content, I feel it was written for a very young audience. It is completely unrealistic and with all the errors makes for an uncomfortable read.


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Aug 09, 2013
  • siammarino rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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