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The Perfume Garden Paperback – June 1, 2012

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sweepingly romantic... heart breaking at times; a vivid, gripping read -- Katherine Webb The novel is beautifully constructed...Brown's pacing is exquisite, revealing each twist slowly and deliberately, leaving you gripped to the end. welovethisbook.com If I could have given this book 11/10 I would have done so. novelicious.com --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Kate Lord Brown has worked as an art consultant, curating collections for palaces and embassies in Europe and the Middle East. She was a finalist in ITV's The People's Author competition in 2009. Visit her website at www.katelordbrown.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus; Main edition (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848879334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848879331
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,123,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A beautiful story woven between two time zones - past and present, and between a time of war and a time of peace, between a time of survival and a time for exploration of talent and ability. Relationships are dealt with brilliantly of the psychological effects of war through naivety/treachery/family/friendships and love in a small community, and among several diverse families. The characters are strong but human, given to error, uncertainty, trauma and disagreement. They are truly believable in a period of gruesome Spanish history that I knew nothing about. Well done to the author. It could not have been an easy book to write, yet was thoroughly a great read.
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I have stared at this book for months. I would put it down and take up again and again. So on the 4th of July, I finally decided to pick it up and open it and read it. At first I was frustrated, it took me forever to get through 23 pages, I took a nap and I got through 100 pages. I would flip back and forth. And then something happened I was hooked. I never had a relationship like the one in this book with my mother. In fact I was adopted and so many people said, "your mother Jan said that the worst mistake she every made was adopting you and your sister" I began to relish the letters between mother and daughter. Those wise words from age and experience to someone who was shattered and shut down. I could relate on some levels and on others I could sadly just wish. So as I read this incredible book, I feel in love. I feel in love with the letters because they were written to me as well. As the fireworks blasted and I looked out the window once in awhile, I would find myself cherishing this book. I am so glad I took that courageous step and picked up the book. I am so glad that to have read this book. I am so glad I own this book.
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When Emma Temple's life seems to hit rock bottom the perfect opportunity to heal and start over presents itself when her mother bequeaths her a rundown villa in Valencia, Spain. Emma sets out to repair the home and her heart and possibly begin a new fragrance company using the local exotic scents, a skill and love she acquired from her mother. But Emma's grandmother, Freya, and great-uncle, Charles, caution her not to go. Both are hiding secrets connected to their time serving in the Spanish Civil War and are terrified that Emma will uncover the truth of what happened in Valencia almost seventy years before, information that will change everything Emma thought she knew about who she is and where she belongs.

Weaving back and forth between the early 2000s and the late 1930s, The Perfume Garden shows the horror and brutality of a world at war but also the strength and courage of those that will fight for the truth even when everything else has been lost. It also highlights the devastation that can come from secrets and fear and the need for honesty and love to repair the damage life can cause.

Loving stories that mesh together the past and present I was very excited to read The Perfume Garden. The descriptions and story lines centered around the Spanish Civil War were vibrant and compelling. The horror and savagery of war was made even more poignant by humanizing it through Freya and Charles's perspectives. These scenes are very realistic and hard to read at times but made so touching by the beauty - in butterflies and babies - the characters seem to find through the haze of horror. These portions were beautifully done.

I found Emma's modern story line to be less interesting.
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Great insight into the Spanish Civil War and the people who fought for the International Brigade. At last the silence is broken and I applaud the writer for the extensive research done in writing this book. There are two strands of story in this book, the present day story and the stories of the past. As the book progresses, past and present events eventually connect, Good relationship struggles abound and the conclusion is satisfying.
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I gave this rating because the story I found compelling and fascinating.
Illegitimacy in all three generations of the one family is handled so beautifully that all the women rose naturally to realize their potential and without belabouring their births.
The storyline is fresh and new.
The perfumery it's historical connections and information for manufacture opened up a whole new area of research.
The endurance of these lovely characters, their tolerance and endless patience is a hitherto ,for me, unknown area.
To be born with a "nose" is a gift indeed, but to recognize this gift and train it has filled all three books by Kate Lord Brown with an addictive attraction to read and read, about her wholesome , but troubled characters.
Keep writing please Kate Lord Brown.
Beverley Mosley, new Zealand
bamosley@xtra.co.nz
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The Perfume Garden by Kate Lord Brown was a fantastic read and will top my favorites list this year. This is a five hundred page book that literally flew by for me. The storyline is captivating, the characters endearing, and the history an added bonus. The Perfume Garden is a beautifully told and written novel of love, loss, the tragedies of war, and ultimately of the hope of new life. Something I really liked about the book was the theme of fragrance which is something I’m always taken with; how it can make us think of a certain person or evoke a certain memory. Throughout The Perfume Garden fragrance, memories, and family secrets are woven together to form a story that will touch your heart and I can promise you that you won’t soon forget it.

Emma is at a crossroads in her life. She has lost her mother and her fiance to her best friend and on top of it all she is pregnant. She needs a new start and although her mother is gone she has left Emma with a way to maybe achieve that for herself. She left her a key to a home in Valencia, Spain and Emma feels that she needs to go there – to see why her mother left her this key. She also left Emma a box full of letters on all kinds of topics covering things she wouldn’t be able to share with Emma anymore. Against the advice of her grandmother Freya but with the encouragement of her Uncle Charles Emma travels to Valencia and there finds the ramshackle home that her mother left her. This doesn’t discourage Emma though. She’s actually excited to renovate it to its former glory and to get back to what she really wants to do with her life – make fragrances.

The story goes back and forth between Emma’s life and in the past to the Spanish Civil War in the 1930′s.
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