Kathleen Tessaro’s latest novel, The Perfume Collector, is now in paperback! A Good Housekeeping Best Book of 2013, the story of Grace Monroe’s search for the mysterious Eva d’Orsey is “a colorful, stimulating journey through time” (Kirkus) that “dazzles the senses” (Publishers Weekly). Also, Romantic Times says “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.”
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 from a mysterious benefactor, Eva d'Orsey, whom she's never met.
So begins a search that takes Grace to a long-abandoned perfume shop on Paris's Left Bank, where she discovers the seductive world of perfumers and their muses, and a surprising 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 must choose between the life she thinks she should live and the person she is truly meant to be.
For a chance to win a copy, enter the Goodreads giveaway! You can also read an excerpt of The Perfume Collector, and follow the book on the blog tour. For more with Kathleen Tessaro, visit her website and become a fan on Facebook. And make sure to look for the paperback wherever books are sold!