The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

the perfume collector

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Two women. One at the end of her life, the other in the midst of wondering who she is in life and wanting something more than to be a wife. While miles and circumstances separate  these two women-  each impacted the others life in strange and curious ways.

Grace knows she does not meet expectations as a socialite’s wife. She’s not a fan of parties, she dislikes small talk and she feels out of sorts at these events. However, her husband tries to make sure she knows the importance of meeting the right people. One night Grace attends a party of a well-sought after socialite in town.  At the party, her life takes the first step toward becoming a different life. The next step is that Grace receives a letter asking her to come to Paris about some personal matters. She takes a leap of faith and heads to Paris- where she finds out that she will inherit the proceeds from a sale of an apartment in Paris. Grace is stunned- she’s never heard of, let alone met this Eva d’Orsey.

Grace is determined to find out who Eva is and why she left her an inheritance. As Grace searches for answers, she discovers that Eva was a complicated person- and yet, a person that people did not quickly forget.  As Grace finds out more about Eva,  the information she finds out gives Grace the freedom to live life on her own terms- instead of others.

The Perfume Collector tells the story of Eva and Grace, the paths they took in life and interweaves their stories to create a beautiful book.  As the reader gets further in the story, they begin to learn about perfume- and the power of perfume.  Grace, on her journey to find out more about Eva, meets a mysterious perfume expert- who knows 2 things: Perfume and plenty about Eva. Through the mysterious lady, Grace gets lessons and information she will never forget.

By the end of the book- Grace has figured out two important lessons: 1. A lady should always be ready for an adventure and 2. Perfume should be worn- but it must tell a story- the story of the wearer’s essence.

Traveling With T’s Thoughts

Perfume? Check! A mystery? Check! Strong and interesting characters? Check! Beautiful cover? Check!

The Perfume Collector alternates between Grace and Eva’s story- the reader learning bit by bit about Eva- why she left Grace the inheritance, her modest upbringings, the good, the bad and the ugly of Eva’s life.

Interesting side story on how to make perfume and the power of scents, as well. Between the story of Grace and Eva and learning about perfume- the reader will soon becomes entranced by the world Kathleen Tessaro creates.

Literary Friday ya’ll…..

It’s Friday- I don’t know about where ya’ll are- but we’ve been having some nice days. Good breezes. Not as high humidity (my hair says a big THANK YOU!)


1. This week, I’ll be posting about 2 weeks of #literaryfriday from Deep South Mag! August 16th’s #literaryfriday is all about some Best Debuts of 2000- I see some #southernlit writers that made that list!  Also talk of the AJC Decatur Book Festival, literary colleges and more!

Last week’s #literaryfriday: Joshilyn Jackson & Pinterest, Interview with Ashton Lee (interviewed by yours truly 😉 and Lucy Burdette news (among other things!)


2. Book Lovers Unite online book club is reading The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers- week 2 questions have been posted! Book-alicious Mama is announcing September Book Lovers Unite pick today- and she has a good one!


3. Rita Leganski took some time off from her busy schedule and stopped by Traveling With T to talk about The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow this week!


4. Bloggers Made Of AWESOME feature had a new AWESOME blogger: Jen H @ The Relentless Reader. Read on for her #literarycrush! I won’t reveal- but on Twitter she said “does he have manly muscles? I don’t know and I don’t care! I love him for his MIND!”


5. Two new reviews posted this week on Traveling With T: Speak of the Devil by Allison Leotta and The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop and Café by Mary Simses!


6. Traveling With T has 2 (count them, 2!) giveaways this week! Both end Monday night, the 19th, at 11:59pmEST- Brenda Janowitz is giving away her first 2 books: Scot on the Rocks and Jack With a Twist  AND Courtney Miller Santo is giving away The Roots of the Olive Tree!


7. Don’t forget: Twitter chat with Kathleen Tessaro about The Perfume Collector– Monday, 8/19 8pmEST! Use #srbkchat to join in! Here is the Twubs room for #srbkchat


8. What is your #fridayreads? Mine are: Hotshot by Julie Garwood, Whistlin’ Past The Graveyard by Susan Crandall, The Tao of Martha by Jen Lancaster, The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro and The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers!


9. Psst….. Check out Traveling With T next week- another giveaway is coming up!


Happy Reading!