Author Jan Moranon Tour March 28-April 16 with
St. Martin’s Press 384 pages ISBN: 9781250048905
SYNOPSISPerfume is the essence of beauty, the heart of illusion, the soul of desire. It is my past, my present, my future. —from the journal of Danielle Bretancourt When French perfumer and aristocrat Danielle Bretancourt steps aboard a luxury ocean liner, leaving her son behind in Poland with his grandmother, she has no idea that her life is about to change forever. The year is 1939, and the declaration of war on the European continent soon threatens her beloved family, scattered across many countries. Traveling through London and Paris into occupied Poland, Danielle searches desperately for the remains of her family, relying on the strength of Jonathan Newell-Grey, a British shipping heir and Royal Navy officer. Finally, in the wake of unspeakable tragedy, she is forced to gather the fragments of her impoverished family and flee to America. There she vows to begin life anew, in 1940s Los Angeles. Amidst the glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Danielle works her way up from meager jobs to perfumer and fashion designer. Still, personal happiness eludes her. Can her sheer force of will attract the elusive love she desires, or will it only come at the ultimate cost?
This was one of those books I was a little hesitant to pick up because I knew it was going to be hard to put down! From the first page I was hooked and followed Danielle's journey with a lump in my throat. I really couldn't turn pages fast enough to find out what was going to happen next. There's a relax in pace when Danielle is thinking about or working with perfume and that provided a nice interesting break. I'd love to visit her family's perfumery in France with rows of roses and lavender and everything else beautifully scented. Her perfume creations made me want to pay more attention to what perfume I spritz on every morning.
While I enjoyed this book immensely there were a few flaws. Everything is heavily described and sometimes overly so. As well, a lot happens to Danielle to the point of excess. The majority of the book takes place between 1939 and 1941 and it borders on soap opera with everything that happens. Neither of these made the book any less readable or enjoyable. If you're interested in perfume or love books set in wartime this is not one to miss. Just remember, if you have a little one you may want to keep them close while reading this one!
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