Title: The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro
Published May 14, 2013; Harper
Genre: historical novel
Source: ARC from the publisher
Grace Monroe is a young newlywed, eager to make a success of her marriage. However, with her talent for advanced mathematics, she finds the elegant luncheons and parties among post-war London’s social set more tiresome than exciting.
When Grace receives an unexpected inheritance from a woman she’s never met, she finds herself suddenly on a journey to discover the identity of her benefactor and the secrets of her own past. In a story that takes us from New York in the 1920s to mid-century Monte Carlo, Paris and London, Grace discovers the intoxicating power of perfume; a desperate love between muse and artist; and a trail of dark memories that may mean she isn’t the person she thinks she is at all."
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