In 1955, Grace Monroe’s marriage has landed her at the heart of London’s high society, but the role of sophisticated socialite doesn’t come easily to her. An unexpected inheritance from a French woman she has never met sends her on a journey to Paris, to a long-abandoned perfume shop where she discovers the bewitching story of Eva d’Orsey, a perfumer’s muse in the 1920s. As Eva’s past and Grace’s future intersect, Grace realizes she must choose between the life she thinks she should live and the person she is truly meant to be.
A remarkable novel about secrets, desire, memory, passion, and possibility. Newlywed Grace Monroe doesn’t fit anyone’s expectations of a successful 1950s London socialite, least of all her own. When she receives an unexpected inheritance from a complete stranger, Madame Eva d’Orsey, Grace is drawn to uncover the identity of her mysterious benefactor. Weaving through the decades, from 1920s New York to Monte Carlo, Paris, and London, the story Grace uncovers is that of an extraordinary women who inspired one of Paris’s greatest perfumers. Immortalized in three evocative perfumes, Eva d’Orsey’s history will transform Grace’s life forever, forcing her to choose between the woman she is expected to be and the person she really is. The Perfume Collector explores the complex and obsessive love between muse and artist, and the tremendous power of memory and scent.
London, 1955: Grace Monroe is a young newlywed, eager to make a success of her marriage. However, with her intellectual curiosity and her unladylike talent for advanced mathematics, she finds the routine of elegant luncheons and exclusive 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 in Paris, embarking upon a journey to discover not only the identity of her mysterious benefactor but also the hidden 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 a world filled with the evocative, intoxicating power of perfume; an obsessive, 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.
Rare Objects is a captivating new work of historical fiction from Kathleen Tessaro, the New York Times–bestselling author of The Perfume Collector. Near the end of the Prohibition era and the beginning of the Great Depression, in a city divided by privilege and poverty, two very unlikely friends meet in desperate circumstances, bound by a shared secret . . . Boston, 1933. Maeve Fanning is a first-generation Irish immigrant, born and raised among the poor, industrious Italian families of Boston’s North End by her widowed mother. Clever, capable and as headstrong as her trademark red hair suggests, she’s determined to better herself despite the overwhelming hardships of the Great Depression. However, Maeve also has a dangerous fondness for strange men and bootleg gin—a rebellious hunger for experience that soon finds her spiraling downward, leading a double life. When the strain proves too much, Maeve becomes an unwilling patient in a remote psychiatric hospital, where she strikes up a friendship with an enigmatic young woman, who, like Maeve, is unable or unwilling to control her unladylike desire for freedom. Once out, Maeve must start over again, and armed with a bottle of bleach and a few white lies, she lands a job at an eccentric antiques shop catering to Boston’s wealthiest and most peculiar collectors. Run by a retired anthropology professor and an elusive English archeologist, the exclusive shop is a haven of the obscure and incredible that opens a window onto the world of rare artifacts—and that of America’s social elite. While delivering a purchase to the wealthy Van der Laar family, Maeve is introduced to beautiful socialite Diana Van der Laar—only to discover she’s the young woman from the hospital. Reunited with the charming but increasingly unstable Diana and pursued by her attractive brother James, Maeve becomes more and more entwined with the Van der Laar family—a connection that pulls her deep into a world of social and political ambition, deceit and ultimately betrayal. Bewitched by their wealth and desperate to leave her past behind, Maeve is forced to unearth her true values and discover just how far she’s willing to go to reinvent herself. A rich, universal story of ambition, transformation, desire and betrayal, Rare Objects is acclaimed writer Kathleen Tessaro’s finest work to date. “Kathleen Tessaro writes beautifully.” —MARIAN KEYES
A brilliant, unforgettable novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Perfume Collector. Can the secrets of one woman's past change another woman's future? Cate Albion is a gifted young artist at a crossroads in her life. Looking to escape New York for the summer, she takes a job in her aunt's London auction house and is soon sent on assignment to the English countryside to value the contents of Endsleigh House, the once gracious but now crumbling estate of a former Jazz Age socialite. There, hidden in the back of a dusty bookshelf, Cate discovers an old shoebox, and inside, a peculiar assortment of objects, including an exquisite pair of 1930s dancing shoes; a faded photograph of a handsome young sailor, and a rare Tiffany pearl and emerald bracelet. Intrigued, Cate sets out to learn more about the box and its contents, and becomes immersed in the mystery of its owner, Diana “Baby” Blythe, the younger of the infamous, glamorous Blythe sisters. Bright, beautiful, and reckless, Baby was the most famous debutante of her generation . . . until she suddenly disappeared entirely from view. As a shocking tale of love and betrayal begins to unravel, Cate finds herself being drawn deeper into Baby's tragic life story—one that will force Cate to confront some dark truths about her own choices.
An enchanting, bittersweet novel for every woman who has ever longed for a fairy godmother. Louise Canova should be happy and in love. But her actor-husband seems to be growing distant and she doesn’t know why. Is it her fault? Riddled with uncertainty, the insecurity she thought she’d left behind in adolescence comes back to haunt her. But when she discovers a faded volume entitled ELEGANCE in a second-hand bookshop, she believes she’s found the answers. Written by the formidable French fashion expert, Madame Dariaux, ELEGANCE is an encyclopedia of style that promises to transform plain women into creatures of grace and poise at all times. And from Accessories to Zippers, there’s nothing Madame can’t advise upon - including inattentive husbands, false friends, and the absolute importance of good quality, seductive lingerie. Louise vows to follow Madame’s advice but the lessons she learns have a surprising affect and an outcome she never expected. Within its pages lie clues to her past. And as she begins to unravel them, she discovers that everything, even elegance, has its price. Starting with A and finishing with Z, ELEGANCE is a unique alphabetical journey of timeless fashion, true friendship, and the rare, unexpected gift of love.
What if the most beautiful night in your life inspired a perfume? When Denyse Beaulieu was growing up in Montreal, perfume was forbidden in her house, spurring a childhood curiosity that became an intellectual and sensual passion. She pursued this passion to Paris, where she now lives, becoming a respected fragrance writer. But little did she know that it would also lead her to achieve a perfume lover’s wildest dream.
Sexy, independent Leticia Vane runs her own lingerie shop and knows just how to make a woman feel beautiful. But not only is love strictly off limits for Leticia, she doesn’t believe it even exists. Meanwhile, as socialite Olivia Bourgalt du Coudray wanders around her exquisite house in Chester Square, she has everything money can buy, except a happy marriage. Luckily, handsome young Hughie Venables-Smythe is discovering a secret new profession — the timeless art of the flirt. It can save a marriage or lift a heart faster than any therapy — only Hughie is something of a wild card. When provocative anonymous notes are delivered to both Olivia and Leticia, events take a delicious turn. Who is flirting with whom? And is flirtation innocent or can it lead to more dangerous territories of the heart?
Author: Patrick Süskind Genre: Fiction Publisher: Vintage ISBN: 9780375725845 Book Pages: 255 Format: PDF, ePub & Mobi
An odorless baby found orphaned in a Paris gutter in 1738 grows to become a monster obsessed with his perfect sense of smell and a desire to capture, by any means, the ultimate scent that will make him human. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.