My review (for giveaway, see below!)
At first, the novel reminded me a bit of MJ Rose’s works (as she has books featuring perfumers), but MJ’s works are always somewhat supernatural, whereas this is not (and believe me, it doesn’t suffer for it at all.) Having just finished reading a book on Chanel, this one was a perfect follow-up, as Danielle Bretancourt is a very similar strong woman, and involved in similar work. Although Chanel was not a perfumer herself, and Danielle is. And I found the Hollywood life to be fascinating, and how Danielle struggles to succeed in her new life. (Chanel went to Hollywood only briefly.)
What I loved most about this book is that it felt epic. The word itself is perhaps a bit of an exaggeration, but it will do. There was a real sense of time and of history. This wasn’t a book that takes place within a few weeks or months; we get years of Danielle’s life, and get to really know her. There are threads of romance, history… really there’s a bit in this book for everyone. I’m definitely going to look into the author’s other works now that I’ve read this one.
Release date: March 31, 2015
at St. Martin’s Press
Perfume 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 meagre 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?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JAN MORAN is the author of Fabulous Fragrances I and II,
which earned spots on the Rizzoli Bookstore bestseller list,
and other contemporary novels,
including Flawless, Beauty Mark, and Runway.
A fragrance and beauty industry expert,
she has been featured on CNN, Instyle, and O Magazine,
and has spoken before prestigious organizations,
including The American Society of Perfumers.
She earned her MBA from Harvard Business School
and attended the University of California at Los Angeles Extension Writersí Program.
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