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The Perfume Garden: A Novel Hardcover – April 7, 2015
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“At its core, this is a love story celebrating both romantic and parental love, a tale that fans of romantic women's fiction will enjoy.” ―Booklist
“The Perfume Garden swept me along with its interlinked stories of love and loss, heroism and hope. Beautifully written and researched this is an intensely atmospheric read, and a hugely enjoyable one.” ―Isabel Wolff, international bestselling author of A Vintage Affair
“Sweepingly romantic … heartbreaking at times; a vivid, gripping read.” ―Katherine Webb, international bestselling author of The Legacy
“I found myself bewitched by The Perfume Garden … a deliciously winding narrative that takes us into the heart of battle, the locked rooms of family secrets, and the alluring promise of finally finding true love.” ―Good Housekeeping (UK)
“The novel is beautifully constructed, with the characters' individual experiences gradually weaving together, and the events of the past unfolding to reveal aftershocks in Emma's present… Brown's pacing is exquisite, revealing each twist slowly and deliberately, leaving you gripped to the end.” ―The Bookseller (UK)
“This book is exactly the sort of book I love to read the most ... the setting is wonderfully romantic and evocative, and Emma's job as a perfumier adds an extra frisson of sensuous interest. I have always been fascinated by this period of history, and THE PERFUME GARDEN does an extraordinary job of bringing it to life.” ―Kate Forsyth, international bestselling author of Bitter Greens
“An absolute treat. There were some tearful moments, the occasionally funny moment and several 'Oh no!' moments. If I could have given this book 11/10 I would have done so.” ―Novelicious (grade: 10/10)
“This book is an intelligent blend of beauty and sentimentality, and the moving nature of human experience during wartime.” ―Bookgeeks
About the Author
KATE LORD BROWN grew up in a wild and beautiful part of Devon, England, and was first published while at school. After studying philosophy at Durham University and art history at the Courtauld Institute, she worked as an art consultant, curating collections for palaces and embassies in Europe and the Middle East. Kate won the BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition, Middle East region, in 2014; was a finalist in ITV's The People's Author competition 2009; and has an MA in creative writing. The Perfume Garden was shortlisted for the UK Romantic Novel of the Year 2014. She lives in the Middle East with her family, and is working on her next novel.
Top customer reviews
I had hard time keeping the characters and storylines straight . To much jumping from year to year.
I am not an avid reader but could not put this book down until it was finished.
I not only learned about the war and the huge role woman played in it but so much about perfume making. It has given me a new perspective on the importance of perfume.
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Not formulaic, not the usual see-it-coming-from-a-mile-away romance.Read more