The Perfume Collector

  • Filename: the-perfume-collector.
  • ISBN: 9780062257857
  • Release Date: 2013-05-14
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Author: Kathleen Tessaro
  • Publisher: Harper Collins



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.

The Perfume Collector

  • Filename: the-perfume-collector.
  • ISBN: 1443406031
  • Release Date: 2013-05-14
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Kathleen Tessaro
  • Publisher: Harper Collins



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.

The Perfume Collector

  • Filename: the-perfume-collector.
  • ISBN: 9780007419838
  • Release Date: 2013-04-11
  • Number of pages: 496
  • Author: Kathleen Tessaro
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK



A secret history of scent, memory and desire from the Sunday Times bestselling author of ELEGANCE and THE DEBUTANTE.

Rare Objects

  • Filename: rare-objects.
  • ISBN: 9780062357564
  • Release Date: 2016-04-12
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Kathleen Tessaro
  • Publisher: HarperCollins



In Depression-era Boston, a city divided by privilege and poverty, two unlikely friends are bound by a dangerous secret in this mesmerizing work of historical fiction from the New York Times bestselling author of The Perfume Collector. 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 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 appetite that soon finds her spiraling downward, leading a double life. When the strain proves too much, Maeve becomes an unwilling patient in a psychiatric hospital, where she strikes up a friendship with an enigmatic young woman, who, like Maeve, is unable or unwilling to control her un-lady-like desire for freedom. Once out, Maeve faces starting over again. 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 an elusive English archeologist, the shop is a haven of the obscure and incredible, providing rare artifacts as well as unique access to the world 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, Mae becomes more and more entwined with the Van der Laar family—a connection that pulls her into a world of moral ambiguity and 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 how far she’ll to go to reinvent herself.

The Book of Lost Fragrances

  • Filename: the-book-of-lost-fragrances.
  • ISBN: 9781451621303
  • Release Date: 2012-03-13
  • Number of pages: 370
  • Author: M. J. Rose
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



Haunted by memories of a past infused with exotic scents, Jac L'Etoile, the heir to a French perfume company, is hurtled into a nightmare when her brother goes missing after making a profound discovery about the family's possession of a mystical fragrance. 50,000 first printing.

Perfumes

  • Filename: perfumes.
  • ISBN: 9781847651525
  • Release Date: 2010-08-06
  • Number of pages: 620
  • Author: Luca Turin
  • Publisher: Profile Books



'I've long wished perfumery to be taken seriously as an art, and for scent critics to be as fierce as opera critics, and for the wearers of certain "fragrances" to be hissed in public, while others are cheered. This year has brought Perfumes: The Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez, which I breathed in, rather than read, in one delighted gulp.' Hilary Mantel, Guardian Perfumes: The Guide is the culmination of Turin's lifelong obsession and rare scientific flair and Sanchez's stylish and devoted blogging about every scent that she's ever loved and loathed. Together they make a fine and utterly persuasive argument for the unrecognised craft of perfume-making. Perfume writing has certainly never been this honest, compelling or downright entertaining.

The Dress Thief

  • Filename: the-dress-thief.
  • ISBN: 9781910751190
  • Release Date: 2015-06-25
  • Number of pages: 592
  • Author: Natalie Meg Evans
  • Publisher: Bookouture



Winner - Festival of Romantic Fiction's Best Historical Read A modern tale of desire and deception set in the world of 1930s Parisian haute couture - perfect for fans of The Perfume Collector or The Paris Wife. Alix Gower has a dream: to join the ranks of Coco Chanel to become a designer in the high-stakes world of Parisian haute couture. But Alix also has a secret: she supports her family by stealing designs to create bootlegs for the foreign market. A hidden sketchbook and two minutes inside Herms is all she needs to create a perfect replica, to be whisked off to production in New York. Then Alix is given her big break - a chance to finally realize her dream in one of the most prominent Parisian fashion houses - but at the price of copying the breakthrough Spring Collection. Knowing this could be her only opportunity, Alix accepts the arrangement. But when a mystery from her past resurfaces and a chance meeting has her falling into the arms of a handsome English war reporter, Alix learns that the slightest misstep - or misplaced trust - could be all it takes for her life to begin falling apart at the seams. WINNER - 2014 Festival of Romantic Fiction's Best Historical Read. WINNER - 2015 Public Book Awards. Shortlisted - 2015 Romance Writers of America (RWA) RITA Awards. What reviewers are saying about The Dress Thief 'The Dress Thief goes way beyond a story of Parisian fashion. It is a story of mystery, romance, friendship and the everyday struggles of life. Right from the start this book will grip hold of you and draw you into Alix's story and it won't let you go till the very last page' That Thing She Reads 'A delicious treat of a novel. I loved the setting in 1930s Paris - a place of intrigue, exquisite silk frocks, and dangerous secrets. And I was utterly charmed by the story's delectable heroine, as she struggled to make her mark in this seductive but perilous world' Margaret Leroy 'A truly accomplished and delicious debut novel' Laurie Graham. 'A fascinating evocation of a great fashion house and the knife-edge the designers live on. Natalie Meg Evans is a born storyteller' Sara Craven 'A charming novel that totally transported me to the Paris fashion houses of the late 1930s.' Trip Fiction 'Rich in detail, this is a pacy and engaging read, full of cloak and dagger intrigue, beautiful clothes and romance' Sunday Mirror

Perfume

  • Filename: perfume.
  • ISBN: 0241973619
  • Release Date: 2015-08-06
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Patrick Suskind
  • Publisher:



'In eighteenth-century France there lived a man who was one of the most gifted and abominable personages in an era that knew no lack of gifted and abominable personages . . . ' Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born in a Parisian slum and abandoned on the streets, discovers he has an extraordinary - near superhuman - sense of smell. As he sniffs his way across France, this gift is exploited by Grenouille to make the world's most marvellous perfumes. Yet in seeking perfection in his experiments, he realises that a vital ingredient is missing for the perfect scent: innocence. And in order to get the ingredient he needs, he must capture it - whatever the price. 'Ingenious and totally absorbing.' Daily Telegraph

The Flirt

  • Filename: the-flirt.
  • ISBN: 9781443446068
  • Release Date: 2015-04-28
  • Number of pages: 480
  • Author: Kathleen Tessaro
  • Publisher: HarperCollins



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?

The Perfume Garden

  • Filename: the-perfume-garden.
  • ISBN: 9780857896759
  • Release Date: 2012-06-01
  • Number of pages: 300
  • Author: Kate Lord Brown
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd



The Perfume Garden combines the gripping storytelling of Kate Morton with the evocative settings of Victoria Hislop to tell this sumptuous, escapist story of lost love and family secrets set between modern day Valencia and the Spanish Civil War. High in the hills of Valencia, a forgotten house guards its secrets. Untouched since Franco's forces tore through Spain in 1936, the whitewashed walls have crumbled; the garden, laden with orange blossom, grown wild. Emma Temple is the first to unlock its doors in seventy years. Guided by a series of letters and a key bequeathed in her mother's will, she has left her job as London's leading perfumier to restore this dilapidated villa to its former glory. It is the perfect retreat: a wilderness redolent with strange and exotic scents, heavy with the colours and sounds of a foreign time. But for her grandmother, Freya, a British nurse who stayed here during Spain's devastating civil war, Emma's new home evokes terrible memories. As the house begins to give up its secrets, Emma is drawn deeper into Freya's story: of crushed idealism, of lost love, and of families ripped apart by war. She soon realises it is one thing to let go of the past, but another when it won't let go of you.

Astor Place Vintage

  • Filename: astor-place-vintage.
  • ISBN: 9781451682069
  • Release Date: 2013-06-11
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Author: Stephanie Lehmann
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



When a New York City vintage clothing shop owner’s recent purchases contain a hidden journal from 1907, her entire life will be turned upside down in this “insightful, charming, and wholly entertaining novel” (Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner). Amanda Rosenbloom, proprietor of Astor Place Vintage, thinks she’son just another call to appraise and possibly purchase clothing from a wealthy, elderly woman. But after discovering a journal sewn into a fur muff, Amanda gets much more than she anticipated. The pages of the journal reveal the life of Olive Westcott, a young woman who had moved to Manhattan in 1907. Olive was set on pursuing a career as a department store buyer in an era when Victorian ideas, limiting a woman’s sphere to marriage and motherhood, were only beginning to give way to modern ways of thinking. As Amanda reads the journal, her life begins to unravel until she can no longer ignore this voice from the past. Despite being separated by one hundred years, Amanda finds she’s connected to Olive in ways neither could ever have imagined.

Elegance

  • Filename: elegance.
  • ISBN: 9780007330768
  • Release Date: 2009-06-09
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Kathleen Tessaro
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK



An enchanting novel brimming with poignancy, humour, enchantment and insight, this is a stunning debut. Imagine an Audrey Hepburn film in the present day...

A Vintage Affair

  • Filename: a-vintage-affair.
  • ISBN: 9781443400480
  • Release Date: 2010-06-22
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Author: Isabel Wolff
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada



Phoebe always dreamt of opening her own vintage dress shop. She imagined every detail, from the Vivienne Westwood bustiers hanging next to satin gowns, to sequinned cupcake dresses adorning the walls. At the launch of Village Vintage, Phoebe feels the tingle of excitement as customers snap up the fairytale dresses. Her dream has come true, but a secret from her past is casting a shadow over her new venture. Then one day she meets Therese, an elderly Frenchwoman with a collection to sell, apart from one piece that she won't part with… As Therese tells the story of the little blue coat, Phoebe feels a profound connection with her own life, one that will help her heal the pain of her past and allow her to love again.

Rules of Civility

  • Filename: rules-of-civility.
  • ISBN: 1101517069
  • Release Date: 2011-07-26
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Amor Towles
  • Publisher: Penguin



The New York Times bestselling novel that "enchants on first reading and only improves on the second" (The Philadelphia Inquirer) A Gentleman in Moscow – the highly anticipated new novel from Amor Towles – is now available from Viking This “wonderful” (Chicago Tribune) and “sharply stylish” (Boston Globe) debut novel presents the story of a young woman whose life is on the brink of transformation. On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York society—where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve. With its sparkling depiction of New York’s social strata, its intricate imagery and themes, and its immensely appealing characters, Rules of Civility won the hearts of readers and critics alike.

The Language of Flowers

  • Filename: the-language-of-flowers.
  • ISBN: 9780345525543
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 322
  • Author: Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  • Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.



"The story of a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own past"--

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