The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

I received this book from SheReads in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

Wow.  Who would have thought I would have loved a book that focuses on perfume?  And have read it in less than 2 days when it’s over 400 pages?

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Sometimes, I get scared of novels that are over 350 pages and wonder why on earth they are so long!  But The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro was such a pleasant surprise.  I could have read 400 more pages of it, to be honest.

The story is told in two pieces: Every other chapter tells either Grace or Eva’s story.

Grace (story told in the 1950s) all of a sudden finds out that she is the sole inheritor of a massive fortune, but has no idea why she was chosen to inherit anything since she doesn’t even know the woman (Eva) who died.

Eva’s story is told in the 1920s, and is even more interesting, as she started out very poor and was able to make a unique name for herself.  Eventually, we do find out why Eva chose Grace.

Throughout the story, the making of perfume is woven into the novel, and honestly not only does it work, but it’s not boring at all!

I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed The Perfume Collector and will look for more books by the author in the future.  It’s definitely one to read, so don’t be scared off by the length!  Great choice, SheReads Book Pickers!

Check out other people’s thoughts on The Perfume Collector from the SheReads page!

What book has surprised you (in a good way) recently?


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32 thoughts on “The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

  1. I first heard about this book on Judith’s (Leeswammes) blog and I was intrigued. Reading all the SheReads bloggers’ reviews I’m even more interested in reading this. I know that you know why this would interest me, right? Sounds great! I’m going to HAVE to bump it up on my TBR list 🙂


  2. I’ve seen almost entirely glowing things about this book. I am curious about it and I love the idea of Paris and New York during the time frames featured in the book.

    I too get a little nervous about length. I’m be reading a 600 page + book soon and am a little nervous to even start that one.


  3. I really didn’t think I was going to like this book as much as I did. I thought that I would pick it up and trudge through it but instead I flew through the pages and loved every minute of it. I was scared off by the perfume part – I’m not a big perfume person and thought it would be difficult to relate to the book. BUT, I highly recommend it, too! Glad you liked it, too!


  4. I read Innocence by Kathleen Tessaro and really enjoyed it. Next on my list from her is Elegance (but I’m waiting for it to come in at the library), but I hadn’t even heard of this one so thanks – I am putting it on my Goodreads now. It sounds like a good book. 🙂


  5. I read a very positive review of this book in Judith’s blog (I think), and the story caught my attention then because I love stories set in two different times (like Kate Morton!!), so I will probably read it too!


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