I feel like I have been holding onto a secret with this one and I can’t wait to finally share. This month’s book club selection is “The Perfume Collector” I created the book club with the intention of encouraging people to put down their phones and read more. This month I found myself carrying this book around in my bag and waking up early just to read. It was such a delight. I really hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.
The story takes place in London, New York City and of course Paris. The story is intertwined between two women, Grace Monroe a socialite and newlywed from London and Eva d’Orsey from Paris. One day a letter arrives from France that leaves Grace with an inheritance from Eva d’Orsey. For Grace, Eva and her identity are a mystery. Grace must go to Paris to collect the inheritance and sets out on a quest to find out who exactly Eva d’Orsay really is. The inheritance also includes an apartment overlooking Place des Vosges. Grace must look to the past to solve the mystery of Eve D’Orsay.
The search takes Grace to a perfume shop on the left bank that is filled with a story spanning decades. The story is told flipping from the past to the present so pay attention it can get a little tricky. Eventually, the stories intertwine. I will say part of the story is predictable if you read it carefully but there are definitely some stories mixed in that you would never have expected.
One of the really exciting things about this month is that I wrote Kathleen Tessaro the author of “The Perfume Collector” and she has agreed to answer questions!! I literally jumped in the air when I saw her email in my inbox.
You will learn the more about perfume than you ever expected but the story left me curious to learn more. I have been wearing a signature scent for years but it was discontinued by Penhaligons and now the bottle is slowly coming to an end. For years I never wore perfume because I get terrible headaches but after living in Paris it was something I wanted to try again. I discovered the scent of Violetta and it brings so many beautiful memories. I am on the hunt for something new and different. Perhaps Jasmine or Rose?
This month, for the book giveaway I am asking you to tell me your favorite signature fragrance. (if you have a suggestion for a future month feel free to include it) Please don’t forget to give your name and email so I have a way to contact you.I will pick a winner for the book on Monday and one book will be added to the stack for the year-end giveaway of 12 books!