The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When Grace Munroe suddenly receives a bequeath from a stranger in Paris, she is confused. She knows nothing about Eva D'Orsey and she does not understand why this woman would choose to leave everything to a total stranger. As the story develops, the author moves from the story of Eva as a young girl, to the emotional turbulence of Grace as she tries to understand who Eva is and why she left this gift to Grace. The characters are interesting, but slightly one-dimensional at times. I was thoroughly engaged in the story and even though the plot is not overly surprising, the author does manage to include a few unexpected moments. Perhaps the best part of the book is the author's ability to make us actually smell the words as she describes the various scents that make up the story of Eva and her relationship to Madame Zed and her talented apprentice Andre Valmont. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who loves historical fiction.
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