The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

The Perfume Collector

By Kathleen Tessaro

  • Release Date: 2013-05-14
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 605 Ratings
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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.


  • historical, engrossing, fun read

    By NinaQueen
    Read this over Christmas break. Fun read with interesting tidbits about the perfume industry!
  • The Perfume Collector

    By magicgammy
    I loved this book! It was a bit hard at first to go back and forth between years but as the story unfolded this difficulty on my part dissolved. Some books are hard to put down - this was one of them...
  • The Perfume Collector

    By Irish Woman
    This is the first time that I have read a book by this author but not the last. When I started the book, I could not put it done. It kept me intrigued fro beginning to end. She went from the past to the future in a seamless flow. I would highly recommend you reading this book.
  • Easy, lovely read...

    By Cece3xo
    It was easy to be consumed by this airy and passionate novel. It wasn't over-written or heavy with detail, which makes it the perfect choice for a vacation book or a day off!! Loved the intertwined plot and characters.
  • The Perfume Collector

    By Tbone197
    This was a great read on a snowy weekend next to a fire. I enjoyed how the novel connected two people living in different eras. It was a moving story of romance, creativity and survival
  • My all time FAVORITE book!

    By Bria_P
    I have read hundreds of books and this is my all time favorite. I highly recommend.
  • The Perfume Collector

    By Traveling Indiana
    This is a must read if you have traveled to Paris and visited the Marais area or want to. A short delightful and entertaining tale about a young woman's life complicated by history. Flash backs complicated but loved the intrigue.
  • The Perfume Collector

    By 2esinthe5and
    Binge reading delight!
  • Love, passions, perfume

    By JuliaFrancesca
    Very detailed and captivating story of elusive happiness until the end. Happy readings!
  • The Perfume Collector was captivating.

    By Wisconsin Rose
    I very much enjoyed reading this book, and was sad to put it down. Although I have never been to Paris, I felt as though I was there in person. I love perfume, and found the descriptions of the scents quite interesting. I would recommend this book to my friends.