Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

The Perfume Collector

The old adage "never judge a book by it's cover" does not apply to me.  I buy books for their covers the same way I buy wines for their labels.  The Perfume Collector: A Novel by Kathleen Tessaro has a gorgeous cover and what's inside is every bit as lovely as the cover.  

The book begins in Paris 1954.  Eva d'Orsey is sitting at her kitchen table, smoking a cigarette as she looks out onto the cold, misty Paris morning.  We learn she is dying. The second chapter begins in London 1955 with Grace Munroe waking from a recurring nightmare.  

The story unfolds chapter by chapter, alternating between Eva's story and Grace's story.  The writing is beautiful.  The plot line is really nothing new, and the ending can be deduced far ahead.  However, the journey to get to the ending is a lovely ride.  We may have figured it out, but it is worth the read to watch the rest of the characters find their way.  

What sets this book apart is the beautiful writing, the detail filled descriptions.  The perfume descriptions alone are fantastic.  It made me wish I could walk to a corner perfumer and have a scent created just for me. 

A lovely read. 

I am hosting this for the TLC Book Tours, please check here to see all the other bloggers who are hosting and check out their reviews! 

For more information on the author, you can visit their website, here and her Facebook page here

Usual disclaimer:  I received no compensation for this review, other than a copy of the book.  All opinions are my own. 

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Joanne said...

Sounds out choosing via the cover worked out pretty well!

Bridget said...

I just purchased this title last week - the cover drew me in ...

Marjie said...

I want those shoes off the cover. You know I choose a lot of my books by the cover, too. It often works really well.

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I'd love to have a personalized perfume - what a treat!

Thanks for being on the tour. I'm featuring your review on TLC's Facebook page today.