Thursday, June 20, 2013

CBR5 #9 The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

An inheritance from a mysterious stranger . . .
An abandoned perfume shop on the Left Bank of Paris . . .
And three exquisite perfumes that hold a memory . . . and a secret
Read an ARC from Harper Collins

I'm a sucker for books set in Paris and a good mystery.  This book goes back and forth between 1955 and the 1920s weaving mystery, good times, scandals and romance with both Grace, the jaded housewife, and Eva, the mysterious muse.

While initially I was not impressed with the Grace character, she does manage to grow as a person by the end of the book. Plus she has a sweet romance with the French lawyer helping with the estate left to her. Eva has her own issues and is constantly trying to reinvent herself and run away from her past. The reader will be happy to see how the two characters intertwine and "connect" even though they never meet in person.

Tessaro's writing draws the reader in and captures the essence of both time periods and places (New York and Paris). I'm curious to see if previous books by Tessaro are able to capture the same whimsical nature that The Perfume Collector has.


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  2. I really liked the character growth and the romance too! I did wish we'd gotten a little more resolution at the ending though.