The Perfume Collector

A Novel

by Kathleen Tessaro

On Sale: 09/26/2017

The Perfume Collector

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The Perfume Collector

A Novel

by Kathleen Tessaro

On Sale: 09/26/2017


About the Book

An inheritance from a mysterious stranger

An abandoned perfume shop on the Left Bank of Paris

Three exquisite perfumes that hold a memory . . . and a secret

Newlywed Grace Munroe 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 com-plete 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 woman 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.

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Critical Praise

“Fragrance, fashion, and a puzzling bequest lead a 1950s British socialite into a whirl of Parisian intrigue in Kathleen Tessaro’s The Perfume Collector.” - Good Housekeeping

“A lovely tale of a young woman in London who receives a mysterious inheritance that brings her to Paris and eventually to an old perfume shop.” - New York Daily News, The Summer’s Best Beach Reads

“A colorful, stimulating journey through time.” - Kirkus Reviews

“A bewitching, compelling novel, full of dark desires, long-buried secrets, revisited memories, and new opportunities.” - Booklist

“Dazzles the senses.” - Publishers Weekly

“A compelling plot in a truly magical Parisian setting. . . . Charming read. Tessaro does a marvelous job of conveying the atmosphere of a fairytale trip to 1950s Paris. . . . Readers of the works of Emily Giffin and Laura Florand will enjoy. - Library Journal

“Beautiful imagery and prose are the strong points of this seductive story that paints the most bewitching picture imaginable of perfume creation and the muses who inspire it. The themes are brilliant . . . and likely to leave readers feeling awestruck by the end of this classy and unforgettable novel.” - Romantic Times

“This evocative novel spins you back a few decades to the ‘20s and ‘50s where a young bride suppresses her intellect to be the trophy wife her husband desires. She is devastated when he is unfaithful but could it be the making of her?” - Glamour (UK)

“The Perfume Collector is a crackling, beautifully paced story that weaves the world of fragrance into the lives of two vibrant women in a way few have experienced. Inhale deeply—a new way of telling a story of the heart.” - Kate Alcott, author of The Dressmaker


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443454544
  • ISBN 10: 1443454540
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 09/26/2017
  • Pages: 528
  • List Price:10.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / General

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